A team from the Royal Bank of Scotland was crowned cream of the crop at rural charity RSABI’s Great Glen Challenge.
The annual fundraising event, which is sponsored by law firm Ledingham Chalmers, saw 100 participants from 25 rural businesses either run, cycle or kayak through the Great Glen from Invermoriston to Neptune’s Staircase.
The gruelling challenge attracted a wide range of entries with teams from organisations such as NFU Scotland, Scottish Land and Estates and Johnston Carmichael.
Taking the top title, based on the team with the best time, was a group from the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Two teams from CKD Galbraith followed behind taking the second and third placings.
All funds raised from the event will go directly to RSABI, which provides financial assistance to those who have relied on the land.
And although the challenge is over, donations can still be made and the charity is urging members of the rural community to dig deep and donate.
Donations can be made online at www.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/RSABI.
RSABI’s Paul Tinson said: “The RSABI Great Challenge is now a well-known date in the calendar and growing in popularity each year. Without exception, team members seem to have enjoyed themselves this year, despite exposure to four seasons in one day, but of course we never forget why RSABI exists and so the fundraising element of the day is always uppermost in our minds.
“With competitor targets having been met and our total currently at over £45,000, we are on track to exceed last year’s fantastic sum of £47,000 as last-minute donations continue to come in.”
Last month RSABI received a £50,000 donation from the Scottish Government to help weather-hit farmers. While earlier this year the charity launched a new helpline which is designed to provide a single point of inquiry for those in need. The helpline – 0300 111 4166 – is open every day of the year from 7am to 11pm thanks to help from another rural charity – the Farm Community Network.
It can provide advice on the benefits system as well as help on farming issues, personal matters such as money troubles and emotional distress.