Summit2Sea will raise money for Forces children

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AN ARBROATH man is set to challenge the wild to help the children of wounded service personnel this month.

Andy Jarret, along with Andy Milne of Portlethen, plan to tackle an epic endurance triathlon in aid of the Forces Children’s Charity on June 18.

The pair will cross approximately 66 miles of the Highlands by foot, bicycle and kayak.

First of all however, they must endure an overnight stay at the peak of Ben Nevis, before making the six-mile trek to the next stage at Fort William.

They will then travel by bike along the Great Glen Way for 30 miles until they reach Fort Augustus.

At this point the pair will switch to a kayak and paddle another 30 miles north east along Loch Ness to the Kessock Bridge in Inverness.

Asked about their choice of transport, Andy Jarret told us: “We just fancied combining three sports we both enjoy- hiking, mountain biking and kayaking.

“The first event last year was borne out of wanting to do something for charity and I devised the route as a suitably challenging ‘adventure sports’ day out.”

Based on their experiences last year, they expect this difficult trial to take them somewhere in the region of 15 hours to complete.

Andy Jarret went on: “We are looking forward to a dram at the end! Having done last year’s event we both know what’s in store but this one will be tougher and if the weather isn’t favourable it could turn into a real slog.

“That’s all part of the challenge though, it was immensely satisfying finishing last year just ahead of our predicted time.”

As we go to press, the total raised had reached £434, to donate please go to