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08 August 2009
More personal challenges for charity

After last month’s physical challenges to raise money for worthy causes (Pete and Al’s climb of Mount Kilimanjaro and Alasdair’s cycle through the Canadian Rockies), this month sees further fundraising challenges by Cromarty residents.

Yesterday, Howard Hunter accompanied by his wife Carol and canine companions Dex (with Angus and Hattie for the final two miles), walked 12 miles from Learnie Red Rock to Cromarty to raise £374 for a Christmas dinner and party for the over-60s' Fourways Club. Photo by Mary Bowers shows Dex, Howard, Carol and Angus on the homeward road.

This week Cromarty kayaker Nick Ray set off from Aberdovey in mid-Wales to attempt his own version of the Three Peaks Challenge. Whilst travelling by sea kayak between coastal points, Nick will run to the top of the highest mountains in Wales, England and Scotland — hoping to be at the top of Ben Nevis in a fortnight’s time. He is using his trip to raise funds for the Wilderness Foundation UK.

Today, teenagers Miranda Evans and Rebecca Cooper, together with Miranda’s dad Simon Evans and Pete Clunas swam from Nigg to Cromarty. Donations to Miranda, Rebecca and Simon will go towards Fortrose Academy’s ‘Arctic Voice’ cultural exchange with an Inuit village in northern Canada. Pete topped up his Kili in Kilts fund for Highland Hospice with a sweepstake bottle of whisky to the person who guessed his time in crossing the Firth. The winner was Anne Short for coming closest to his remarkable time of 22 minutes and 48 seconds.

Photo by Dave Newman shows Miranda giving her dad a hug as Rebecca and Pete look on.