Ellon couple’s challenge for ARCHIE charity

Ellon triathletes Tracey and Arash Sahraie
Ellon triathletes Tracey and Arash Sahraie

A North-east couple have completed a gruelling triathlon in aid of charity.

Ellon optician Tracey Sahraie and her husband, Arash, took part in the Ironman distance City to Summit event.

They started at 6am from South Queensferry in the east, finishing near the summit of Ben Nevis in chilly conditions shortly after 1am the following morning.

The couple’s efforts have raised £1040 so far for the ARCHIE Foundation, with the prospect of a final total of £1300.

Their youngest daughter Arianna, 11, spent five weeks in Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital last year, receiving treatment for a painful foot which required intensive physiotherapy.

Tracey and Arash, a professor of psychology at Aberdeen University, decided they wanted to take part in a fundraising event in appreciation of the help they received from the ARCHIE 
Foundation

She said: “We have raised £1040 so far and hopefully the final total will be around £1300. It was a really tough event and we were lucky with the weather, although there were some snow flurries when we were coming down Ben Nevis.”

The triathlon involved a two-and-a-half-mile swim in the chilly Firth of Forth, followed by a 112-mile cycle through Dunfermline, Gleneagles and Crianlarich and then through picturesque countryside to Glencoe.