Are you tough enough for the Granite Challenge?

Organisers of a tough North East run/walk/bike event later this summer have urged people to come forward and give themselves a real challenge to raise money for the Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland charity.

The ‘Granite Challenge’, which takes place on 16 June, will see participants running, hiking and biking their way from Fraserburgh to Dyce along the Formartine & Buchan Way. The event, now in its second year, saw over 100 participants take part in the inaugural event, which raised over £16,000 for the charity.

The event will see three challenges - the Hike & Bike which involves a 15 mile walk then a 25 mile cycle; the Duathlon, which involves a 15 mile run followed by a 25 mile cycle; and the bike challenge which involves cycling the whole distance. It is open to teams of three, who can each choose different categories or opt to compete in the same one.

Organiser Paul Corrigan, Senior Regional Fundraiser explained: “The Granite Challenge certainly is a tough challenge but it is also very achievable for anyone with determination, a reasonable level of fitness and the desire to complete an amazing scenic journey across the North East of Scotland.

“We are delighted to say that the whole of the off-road Formartine & Buchan Way is now open for the event so there are no road sections at all and this year the event is being backed by NESTRANS/Getabout who are providing some great spot prizes and support.”

Bike and bus transport from Dyce will be available. For more information, visit www.thegranitechallenge.com or call Paul on 01463 701198.