Meet the Great Glen Challenge Team

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20 Aug 2019

We’re excited to be fielding a team for the RSABI Great Glen Challenge once again this year! The event is now in its 8th year and has raised an incredible £300,000 since 2012. RSABI provide vital practical, emotional and financial support to help those struggling to cope in Scottish agriculture and we are proud to be a part of raising their vital funds. 

Team Strong, Loud and Energetic (Team SLE) have been enjoying some friendly competition with the Landmark Systems team, so find out more about both teams below. 

All donations, no matter how big or small, are very much appreciated.  

 

Mountain Bikers

 

Rebekah Strong  Allistair Gray

Role at SLE: Environment Assistant                                   

Why did you decide to take on the Great Glen Challenge?
Obviously I’ll jump at the chance to get out of the office and partaking in a charity event raising money for something so close to my heart was a no brainer! While my parents farm below the border the issues they face are the same as famers in Scotland. Rural communities need our support to overcome growing hardships and challenges and I am proud to push myself for this cause. 

How is your training going? 
Commuting 12miles every day on my single speed bike is keeping me going so far and when the weather is good I’ll take the long way home. I need to push myself further so have a few weekend rides planned. I’ve also got my eye on a new bike…

Any words for your Landmark Systems challenger? 
I’ll cheer you on Allistair as I zoom past you! 

Role at Landmark Systems: Sales & Training Consultant

Why did you decide to take on the Great Glen Challenge?
It seemed the perfect opportunity to combine a fundraising opportunity, with a charity of specific interest in the in industry I work in, with an activity. To have colleagues from Landmark participating as a team was the extra carrot as there is combined energy provided! 

How is your training going? 
Sunday mornings are no longer for a long lie and a fry up. A routine 7am start for a 30 mile bike ride up a few hills is preparing me well for the event. Note, when cycling it never gets easier; you just go faster.

Any words for your SLE challenger?  
I hope the event has provided a reason to get on the bike more and there has been enjoyable rides experienced. Look forward to seeing how your team has progressed at the end of the month. 

 

kayak

 

Caroline Pringle  John Macrae

Role at SLE: WES Project Officer 

Why did you decide to take on the Great Glen Challenge?
Why wouldn’t I? Great cause, fantastic scenery, besides our team leader is not the sort of person you say no to….

How is your training going? 
Wet

Any words for your Landmark Systems challenger? 
I’m not averse to sabotage.

Role at Landmark Systems: 
Sales Consultant

Why did you decide to take on the Great Glen Challenge? 
My family farms in Orkney so I know all funds raised by this event are for a very good cause. I jumped at the chance to be involved in the Landmark team!

How is your training going? 
Apart from the lack of a kayak, training is going well – I am having to mix it up with other sports!

Any words for your SLE challenger? 
See you on the water!

 

walkers

 

Emma Steel Kate Adams

Role at SLE: Policy Assistant 

Why did you decide to take on the Great Glen Challenge?
I used to loathe those Sunday mornings being dragged out of bed by my parents at 6am to scramble up a Munro in the rain. Having grown up (slightly) I can’t think of a much better way to spend a Sunday than in the Scottish hills. The Great Glen Challenge is also a really good opportunity to showcase the great work of RSABI and raise some money for a fantastic cause. I’m also super competitive and love a challenge! 

How is your training going? 
I am competing in the hiking section of the challenge, which is ideal as I love being out in the countryside whenever the weather suits. The SLE office is based in Musselburgh, and I’ve been making the most of having the Pentland Hills practically on my commute home from work! 

Any words for your Landmark Systems challenger? 
Break a leg…  😉

Role at Landmark Systems: 
Software Tester

Why did you decide to take on the Great Glen Challenge? 
I am adventurous and like a challenge; having walked thousands of miles in my local Cambrian Mountains, the Scottish Highlands and many places worldwide including a speed ascent of Kilimanjaro and hiking through the Karakoram Mountains to K2, it’s great to be able to utilise my walking experience for Landmark Systems and to help raise money for RSABI.

How is your training going? 
Faster and faster…. much to the astonishment of the spectating Welsh Mountain Sheep!

Any words for your SLE challenger? 
Best of luck and I look forward to competing with you in the Great Glen Challenge.

 

runners

 

Clare Sturla Annabel James

Role at SLE: SE Regional Support Officer / Regional Co-ordinator

Why did you decide to take on the Great Glen Challenge?
I decided to take part as RSABI does amazing work to support the agricultural sector and it is a brilliant charity to support. 

How is your training going? 
Training is a little sporadic but as you can see I have almost perfected my Phoebe run! Hopefully the wind will be behind us. 

Any words for your Landmark Systems challenger? 
I’ll bring tea and biscuits! 

Role at Landmark Systems: 
Sales consultant

Why did you decide to take on the Great Glen Challenge? 
Last year I ran the London Marathon for the RABI and really badgered my colleagues to sponsor me. So when my Scottish colleagues asked me to take part in this I could hardly refuse! The RSABI is such a worthwhile cause and the support they offer our Scottish farmers in those often completely unexpected times of need is a real lifeline.

How is your training going? 
I’ve been back running four times per week on top of my usual weight training regime. I’ve done a few 16km runs and have felt fine so I’ll be upping this to 17km for the next couple of weeks and then tapering down ready for the big day!

Any words for your SLE challenger? 
I’ll be waiting at the finish line for you! But in all seriousness – the very best of luck!

 

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