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Cairngorm to Coast in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

Be prepared for a brand new challenge event coming to Moray! Cairngorm to Coast is a 24 hour team event and 2015 is the first year it’s happening. The event is being organised by Team RAFBF Lossiemouth in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund 

As ideas do, this one grew from a 23 mile walk to a 66 mile bike and hike (our apologies for that) and is now the only event of its type in its area, taking part on 23rd and 25th May.

So, what does this challenge involve?  Competitors will start at the Cairngorm Ski Centre carpark and walk up the path to the Cairngorm to Coast ChallengePtarmigan Centre, where they will then begin their descent into Coire na Ciste.  They will then follow a well defined path to Glenmore Lodge, on to Nethy Bridge where they will pick up the Speyside Way and then to Ballindalloch Castle.  There will be food and water stops along the way, as well as marshalls and access points for safety.

The second stage starts at Ballindalloch Castle, where competitors will have a chance to change clothes and get some food before getting on their mountain bikes and cycling the final 33 miles to RAF Lossiemouth along they Speyside Way, tracks and minor roads.


For the first year, there is very limited spaces, so if you are interested in taking part, please complete this registration of interest form.  Once we receive that form, we will send you a full registration form, medical questionnaire, sponsorship information and payment details.   Full event information packs will be sent out at the beginning of May, along with your race number.  A registration event will take place the evening before which will include a health and safety briefing and final information you will need for the next day.  There is an option for teams to split the bike and hike element 50/50, but please remember to ensure there are at least two team members taking part in each stage,

Due to its nature, this is an over 18’s only team challenge, with a minimum of two people in each team for safety reasons. Entry is £35 per person and we would ask for a minimum of £150 sponsorship for the RAF Benevolent Fund per person, Our aim is to raise £5,000 for the RAFBF, who are the RAF’s leading welfare charity and receive no government funding. They need to raise at least £21m per year to continue their support of our RAF personnel, their families and veterans.

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Through their Bike Revolution charity, they are also able to offer bike hire at £20 for the day to those who do not own a suitable mountain or off road bicycle for the event. They are also able to offer some equipment, such as bike lights.

You will also receive a goody bag at the end of the event which will contact a competitor’s t-shirt, kindly supplied by one of ourDallas Designs Logo sponsors Dallas Designs Ltd .

If you have any questions regarding the event, please feel free to email, telephone Karen on 01343 813999 or use the contact form at the bottom of this blog.

To keep in touch with the banter of those taking part, please like our Cairngorm to Coast Facebook page.

We look forward to seeing you at the Cairngorm Ski Centre on 23rd May for the challenge of your lifetime!


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River Ness by Jason Shand

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10K Challenge: Trainers, Whippets & Poo Bags at the Ready!

Bobby Keeling is a valued, hardworking and dedicated member of the Team RAFBF Lossiemouth. Despite every corner of her brain trying to tell her otherwise, Bobby has taken on a personnel challenge to organise a team and raise funds for RAFBF; she tells more in her blog:-

Team RAFBF Lossiemouth Committee with Bobby in middle Team RAFBF Lossiemouth Committee with Bobby in centre

Running has never been my exercise of choice; the ability to make what feels like a stumbling stagger look like an athletic glide escapes me.  I walk my dogs on the beach daily, but you just can’t be seen jogging next to two super sleek whippets in your revealing Lycra, swinging a couple of doggy poo bags can you? Whilst I  have many friends and acquaintances who are adding value to various marathons and triathlons across the country, it’s always been something I have admired in others and resolutely refused to do myself, I consider myself quite simply ‘not the running type’.

Looking gracefulHats on for RAFBF

So why am I writing a post about running? Because I have decided to challenge myself and enter a 10k event whilst raising money for the RAF Benevolent Fund, of course I have others who are going to join me, and I am sure they will glide ahead of me in spectacular fashion.  Despite the fact that I feel like a stumbling, staggering old knacker in earphones, despite the fact that every kerb still looms like a concrete hurdle, and even though I have to dig deep when overtaking mums pushing buggies, I am changing the habit of a lifetime.  I may even be seen trying to keep my whippets in check on the beaches of Lossiemouth, poo bags in hand, Lycra in motion.  I am still not running, but my stumbling stagger is good enough to merit the effort.  I am also lucky to count on the support of some good-humoured friends who are kind enough not to mention how slow I really am.  I intend to update posts of my experiences and even get together with other like-minded stumblers as I improve, I might even become the running type.

Socks & Pickles at full pelt Socks & Pickles proving why they are a trip hazard

Why would I do that?

Because I want your money!

I am raising money for the RAF Benevolent Fund, a fund that offers support for all those serving and retired members of the RAF and their families. They have made a difference to people I know and I am constantly amazed at how much they contribute to the fabric of support that is required behind the scenes of so many sensitive situations.  So if you donate for nothing more than a smile at the thought of me swinging my poo bags up and down West Beach, or tripping over the curb outside the Co-op, I can guarantee it will go to a great cause.


** You can sponsor Bobby and her team here: Team RAFBF Lossiemouth: Baxters River Ness 10K Challenge Just Giving Page 

** Header photo courtesy of Jason Shand from Inverness.

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The Dava Way Ghost Walk ….. how hard can it be?

Rosie Hoskison grew up in the RAF family and is now an RAF wife, so fundraising for the RAF Benevolent Fund is something she felt passionate about.  Walking 23 miles on a wet dark night, however, is not something she ever felt she would be doing! Rosie tells her story of the Dava Way Ghost Walk.

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