Two of my best friends, Daniel ‘Westy’/ ‘D’Animal’ West and Kendrick ‘Kenny’/ ‘the InKenible Hull’ Hull decided they needed a challenge so they decided it would be a good idea to cross Scotland, from one coast to the other. They entered the Nokia Coast to Coast http://www.nokiacoasttocoast.com/index.html
Having looked at the route and seeing too long runs involved I decided to help them out and support them rather than do it myself. My body works better in water, swimming, rather than on land and running!
This was the route they had to take:
And this was the team: Kenny, Westy and Adam.
They started at 7am on the Saturday morning from Nairn:
For the 7mile run:
Then it was on to the bikes for a 38 mile cycle. The Scottish heavens opened up and so the waterproofs had to come out.
I managed to find the two of them out of 1000 competitors and that meant I could ride near to them and share the trip.
I, thankfully, had the luxury of a nice warm car and was the supply man for them!
Down the road from here, the road became a monster. The hill climb was huge so I went for a ride up it myself!
Although I may actually have driven up to the top, unfastened my bike and had a sneaky pic taken of me up here haha!
The descent down was worth the effort it had taken to get to the top. Once at the bottom they had a short run to the kayak stage at Fort Augustus on Loch Ness. I decided to give them a pacer so rode ahead of them, shouting abuse at them! This seemed to speed them up a little. Haha.
Just before the Kayak:
Kayaking Loch Ness:
Thankfully Nessy did not claim any victims!
The end of day 1 at Fort Augustus: The tent was a welcome relaxation
Day 2 started with a 33mile cycle on and off road.
And a 14mile run/trek around Ben Nevis:
Again the heavens were open today. I could not join guys today as the bike ride was mainly off road, so had to wait at the finish line. Realising I could be there for while, and not being able to contact them, I made a shelter to keep out of the rain in a great position to watch them arrive on the kayak:
It worked so well I even had people wanting to share it with me! The survival experts on TV would have been proud of me.
Meanwhile up in the hills somewhere they guys were making their way through the hills. The Loch that they had to kayak through to finish was finally in sight!
The rain was still pounding down. Eventually we saw them paddling hard. They seemed to have burst of adrenaline and energy and were passing other kayaks, powering to the finish line leaving others in their wake:
Covered in mud from the mountain biking and hill trekking, soaking wet in rain and loch water, surviving punctures and broken chains, blood and sweat, the finish line was crossed:
After a hard weekends work we decided to treat ourselves and find a hotel for the night instead of our cold, wet tent. We found a fantastic hotel next to Loch Linnhe.
It was late when we called and we would like to thank the owners for their hospitality, friendliness and for being so helpful. Our thanks especially go out to David for all his efforts and the adventures he took us on.
Westy, Kenny, David and Adam at the Lodge on the Loch.
On the way back we spotted the mountain they had come down to finish…
I captured this cracking photo:
I would like to say congratulations to Kenny and Westy, and all other competitors, on taking part in the challenge.
We had an unforgettable adventure!