It was a tough way to raise a four-figure sum of money for charity, but for 23-year Rachel Myles from St Andrews it gave her tremendous satisfaction when she successfully completed the Great Kindrochit Artemis Quadrathon at the weekend.
A graduate trainee surveyor with Savills, Rachel was one of more than 260 entrants in the gruelling event and was the third female to cross the finishing line in a time of 12 hours and 41 minutes.
The competition through the spectacular Scottish countryside was run in pairs and Rachel was accompanied by her boss from Savills’ Brechin office, Ewan Berkeley. They finished in joint 62nd spot to each win a gold medal.
Sponsored by friends, family and work colleagues they raised around £2000 for Marys Meals and Mercy Corps, the chosen charities of the event.
The strength-sapping quadrathon got under way for the duo on the stroke of 6am on Saturday when they swam across Loch Tay. It was followed by a hike/run across seven Munros - encompassing the Lawers and Ptarmigan Ridges to Morenish - and then back to Loch Tay which took just under seven-and-a-half hours.
Next was an eight-mile kayak stage in under two hours and then the final leg of a 36-mile cycle ride around Loch Tay accomplished in two hours and 26 minutes.
Billed as the United Kingdom’s toughest one-day event, Rachel and Ewan began training last October in preparation for the test of stamina, strength and nerve and it certainly paid off with a very creditable performance by both.
Among those who took part were round-the-world cyclist Mark Beaumont and pentathlete Louise Helyer, while the winners were brothers Peter and Rupert Davenport in a stunning time of 10 hours and two minutes.
After the event, participants enjoyed a complimentary sports massage, a hearty feast, a ceilidh and fireworks on the shores of Loch Tay in the evening.
Now in its 12th year, the quadrathon is dedicated to raising money for the Scottish-based development charities Mercy Corps and Mary’s Meals and this year is expected to have amassed £5 million.