#Speyside65 – Thursday 28th March
In just over a week myself and ever present running buddy Andrew Milne will take on the #Speyside65
The premise is to run the full 65 mile route of the Speyside Way in one go. The Speyside Way is one of four official Long Distance Routes in Scotland (the others are the West Highland Way, the Southern Upland Way and the Great Glen Way) As we have already ran the WHW and the GGW this will be the third of the big 4 routes we will have ran to date.
The whole route runs through a fine progression of scenery, from the coastline of Spey Bay, up through the birchwoods and pastures of the lower Spey with views of the moors slowly replaced by the mountains. Along the way you pass through a series of attractive villages and some of the many whisky distilleries for which Speyside is so famous. The route is well waymarked throughout, following clear paths and tracks. The toughest section on the main route is between Ballindalloch and Grantown where the route leaves the Spey to plot a hillier course amongst the woods and forests on the south side of the valley.
The 65 mile distance will be easily the furthest either of us has ran in one go and almost 20 miles longer than the 47 mile Arthur’s Seat run. We anticipate it taking us around 14-16 hours to complete.
If I’m being honest this challenge excites me but at the same time fills me with fear! I know one thing though no matter how long it takes or what I need to do I will complete it…
Andrew will also be raising money and awareness for the amazing Scottish Mountain Rescue
Scottish Mountain Rescue consists of 25 volunteer Mountain Rescue teams, 2 Search and Rescue Dog Associations (SARDA) with over 1000 volunteers, plus an additional 3 Police teams, 2 RAF teams and Scottish Cave Rescue. The National organisation for Scottish Mountain Rescue is the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland (MRC of S).
If you would like to donate to support Andrew and/or the cause please do so HERE