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Cairngorm to Coast duathlon enjoys most successful year yet with more than £10k raised for Outfit Moray outdoor learning charity


By Gregor White

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Competitors on the hiking stage of the Cairngorm to Coast event 2021.
Competitors on the hiking stage of the Cairngorm to Coast event 2021.

Organisers are delighted after Covid restrictions saw them forced to delay the normally annual event for 15 months.

The Cairngorm to Coast 100km hike and bike challenge event took place on August 28 and organisers announced this week it had raised more than £10,400 for the Outfit Moray outdoor learning and adventure charity.

It makes 2021 the most successful year in the event’s six-year history.

Karen Cox, Outfit Moray’s fundraiser said: “We are blown away by how successful this year’s event has been.

"We had 64 people taking part on the day, which is the busiest year yet and it was great to see all their smiling faces on the day!

“We couldn’t run the event without the incredible support from our sponsors Fred.Olsen Renewables who also took part this year and were there to hand out medals to our 100km finishers at Windswept Brewing.

"We are also hugely grateful to our partners, Arnold Clark Car and Van Rental Elgin and Stagecoach, plus MacAli Group and Firth Hotel whose support means we are able to maximise the fundraising potential of Cairngorm to Coast.”

Participants also had to bike part of the way on the 100km route.
Participants also had to bike part of the way on the 100km route.

Kirsty Leiper of Fred.Olsen Renewables said: “We really admire the work undertaken by Outfit Moray and the effort that the team make every year to ensure that the Cairngorm to Coast is an outstanding success.

"We had a fantastic time taking part in the event and hope that everyone had fun helping to support this worthwhile cause.

"Since 2019, Fred. Olsen Renewables has been the main funder of the Cairngorm to Coast and we have committed to supporting again in 2022.

"We hope that our continued funding helps them to continue to deliver life-changing outdoor learning and adventure programmes for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people across Moray.”

Once again, the event’s 100km entry finished at Windswept Brewing’s Tap Room in Lossiemouth where happy participants were able to enjoy their celebratory free bottle of Lighthouse, generously donated by Windswept Brewing.

Marketing manager, Tara Schwelm said: “It was great to host the finish line for Cairngorm to Coast with Outfit Moray once again and a massive well done to everyone who took part and all of the volunteers who gave their time and enthusiasm.

"By supporting Outfit Moray we are keen to help continue the charity’s outstanding work and give opportunities to others to benefit from their own outdoor adventure”.

Entry for 2022’s event on May 28 is now open here


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