West Highland Way Charity Challenge

** This event is only for Optometrists**

We have something a little bit special to invite you to. On September 2nd / 3rd the Vision Scotland team will be holding a West Highland Way walking / running challenge in aid of The Red Cross Ukraine appeal.


What’s involved?

On 2nd September, we’ll head up to Fort William, have an evening meal together, a safely briefing, then get an early night. We will have an early morning start from Fort William, following the West Highland Way south, finishing at Strathfillan Wigams near Tyndrum where we have accommodation booked for the Saturday night. 


What ability level do I need to be?

You can choose to run or walk this event. 

44 Miles from Fort William to Tyndrum (Strathfillan Wigwams)

If you run then you can expect to will finish around 9pm-11pm. If you walk, we have trained guides joining all us Glencoe, the guides will carry on with the walkers to the end. 

24 Miles from Fort William to Glencoe

The 44 mile endurance hike (both Jonathan Ross and Sanjay Mantry will be taking part) – will be physically and mentally challenging but also incredibly rewarding, life-affirming and team bonding. For the 24 mile route, you will walk the first half of the longer route but will stop at Glencoe where our support crew will take you back to Strathfillan for a well earned rest. *Even if you plan to complete the full distance, you can change your mind and finish at Glencoe having completed an impressive 24 miles. 

Support

You are either choose to take part with us, or you can join our support team. Vision Scotland staff will provide essential support, meeting participants at various check points throughout the event to top up food / water / blister packs and to give any emotional support needed. They would be delighted if a few of our optom colleagues wanted to come along for the ride! 

Safety first

Fear not, your safety is our top priority. A team briefing will take place on the Friday evening with all you need to know to stay safe the following day. We have recruited experienced guiders to walk the second half of the event with us, we will also have glow sticks out along the route to ensure no one loses their way. Support crew are provided to keep you fed and watered along the way and transport will be available for anyone who needs to bow out at the checkpoints along the way.We will also send you an ‘essential’ kit’ list so you have all necessary provisions with you. 

Accommodation

This has been arrange.

Transport

Once we know where our participants are travelling from we will arrange a couple of hubs to collect participants / support crew from to get you up to the start line and back home after. 

What next?

At this stage you don’t need to commit to taking part. Just let us know if you might be interested. We can then provide more information so you can decide if it’s for you. 

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