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"2021 Facts and Figures
We would like to extend a warm welcome to
the 45 people who will be crossing for the first
time. As ever, first timers are the life blood of
This year our youngest Challenger will be
20-year-old Bradley Jordan who will be crossing
with his grandfather Alan. At the other end of
the age scale we have three octogenarians
joining us. Our senior man is John Burt (82)
closely followed by senior woman Jean Turner
(81), and Alan Kay (80). John and Alan will
be on their twentieth crossings along with
Bert Hendrikse who will be our first overseas
Challenger to achieve this landmark, whilst
Derek Hopkins and Jim Davidson will be
celebrating their tenths. Our most experienced
Challenger is Graham Brookes on his twenty-
Potential travel restrictions have
understandably depleted our overseas
Challengers but a plucky 25 are still hoping
to participate in June. The Netherlands has
reclaimed its place at the top of the list with
10 participants, followed by 4 from Germany,
3 each from Spain and the USA, 2 each from
Israel and France and 1 from Belgium.
It’s good to see a more even use of start
points this year. Mallaig has reclaimed the top
spot with 25 starters followed by the other two
regular favourites of Oban (23) and Shiel Bridge
(18) but the rest are not far behind. Dornie is
fourth with 15 followed closely by Strathcarron
(14) and Torridon (13). Glenelg has bucked the
trend by increasing its share significantly having
12 starters - as does Lochailort. The lesser-
used start points have a reasonable number of
starters with Kilchoan, Morar and Portavadie on
7 and Plockton and Acharacle with 5. We hope
the solo Challenger starting from Ardrishaig
doesn’t feel too lonely!
Montrose (32) has become the most popular
finish point ahead of Stonehaven (24), pushing
2019’s most popular finish, St Cyrus (18), down
to third. Kinnaber Links remains popular with
16 despite the demise of the Charleton Farm
Café. Lunan Bay (15) comes next with beautiful
Dunnottar Castle rather surprisingly relegated
to fifth with only 12.
The rest are scattered from Fraserburgh (5) to
Arbroath (3) with 3 Challengers seeking some
solitude on the East Coast with a
unique finishing point."
163 planned starters.
That's a good number of folk on this year, considering the build up to it taking place in June. Also good to see overseas folk; that must have been particularly difficult for them to arrange to be on.
Goes to show the draw of the Challenge, despite the attempts by Covid 19 to stop it taking place.
Well done to Sue and Ali for getting it up and running.
As there has been minimal traffic on this forum for a while, do I assume that there is more activity on the likes of Facebook etc?