This page gives an overview of what is involved for participants in the Nairnshire Challenge.
Application for entry may only be made online. Entry in teams of three is encouraged because of the support to be gained, both in preparation and during the event. However you can enter as a team of two or as an individual. Two people can also share the Challenge, as a relay team, with one completing the foot section and the other the bike section. It is up to you. The minimum age for entry is 16.
Raising sponsorship is a vital part of the Nairnshire Challenge. As a charity fundraising event, each entrant is asked to target a minimum of £50 in sponsorship (£150 per team of three). Note that there is a deadline for returning sponsorship money.
Preparation for the event, by physical training and ensuring all required equipment is in good condition, is important for all participants.
On the evening prior to the event, participants’ bikes must be dropped off at the changeover point at Drynachan Lodge. This is an important point in the personal logistics of the Challenge. Whilst transport of bikes to the changeover point can be arranged by the organisers, it is preferred that participants take their bikes to Drynachan Lodge themselves. Overnight security will be provided at this site.
Participants should familiarise themselves with the route of the Challenge well in advance of the event. The entire route, however, will be signposted and marshalled.
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On the day of the Challenge, participants register at Nairn Links where they don their event numbers. They are then taken by bus to the start on the B9007 Carrbridge road near Auchterteang. The Challenge begins with a run / jog / walk (depending on participants’ preference and abilities!) on tracks across the wilderness of the moors to Drynachan Lodge. Here participants change over to bikes and follow a picturesque route through wooded Nairnshire to the seashore at the Links in Nairn. Those who finish the Challenge will have travelled the length of Nairnshire, past its highest point to the sea.
Manned watering stations are provided at regular intervals on the course and first aid cover is provided by Outfit. Nevertheless, it is each participant’s responsibility to ensure their own safety. Road traffic laws must be observed on all public roads. Suitable footwear should be used for the foot section.