Family duo set for gruelling challenge

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A Banchory man is set to compete in one of Scotland’s toughest one-day events next month.

Derek Liversidge along with his wife Anna’s nephew, Christian Poziemski, will team up for the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon.

The event, based at Loch Tay, starts with a swim from the south to the north side of the loch before running or walking 15 miles around the seven munros to the north of Loch Tay.

Competitors then return to the loch side with a seven mile paddle in a two-man kayak and finishing with a 34-mile cycle.

Derek said: “When I heard about the Artemis Quadrathlon I liked the setting in and around Loch Tay. One of my reasons for entering was to give me an incentive to learn to swim the front crawl!

“Up until February I had never managed a 25m length of front crawl. After a lot of time in Banchory pool and Knockburn Loch I am pretty confident I can swim the 1500m across Loch Tay – I will find out for sure on the 14 July. We have been training most of this year with a lot of time being spent trying to run up hills as the hill section is the toughest part of the event.”

Derek added: “We are spending the week after the event on our family holiday on the shores of Loch Tay, but I may have had enough of by then.

The two men have raised nearly £2000 for Mary’s Meals and Mercy Corp. You can sponsor them at www.artemisgreat using the ‘donate now’ link and either of their surnames.