Transition training and fundraising

It’s less than three weeks until the Highland Cross so I’ve been upping the training in preparation for the 20-mile run and 30-mile cycle.

On Sunday I headed out on some of our popular running trails, climbing up to the old fort at Craig Phadraig and then to the masts at Dunain Hill before getting home and jumping – not quite literally – onto the bike for a spin around the firth.

My run was just over 13 miles with some good hills and the cycle was around 31 miles. It was hard going, especially in the heat, but this was really the first time I’ve actually trained for the run and ride together, so hopefully it will stand me in good stead on 23rd June.

Meanwhile, our team fundraising is progressing. We have our Mini Orienteering event on Sunday 10th June and I’m looking for sponsorship via my JustGiving page, which you can access on the link below:

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John at the fort on Craig Phadraig during his training session.

Highland Cross has been raising money for charities that benefit the people of the north of Scotland disadvantaged by disability, ill health or social need since its inception in 1983.

Each year an independent charity selection panel chooses a number of nominated charities to receive substantial donations, either in the form of vehicles including minibuses and specially adapted vehicles or cash donations towards major projects.

This year there are some fantastic projects set to receive such funding thanks to your generosity. Teams of three have to raise at least £500, though in reality many raise substantially more than that in order to help these wonderful causes.

This year Abriachan Forest Trust will use its donation to help build a respite bothy for vulnerable adults; Blythswood Care will use a new minibus to help its food bank operation in the Highlands; Highland Hospice will replace its van to help it fundraise in the community through its shops and other services; MS Therapy Centre is looking to operate a second bus to help people from a wider area; and Skye and Lochalsh Mental Health Association will replace the van it uses to distribute donated furniture and other goods to those in need.

Thanks for donating and helping these and many other vital projects in the Highlands survive and thrive.

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