ENTRIES are now open for the new Loch Long Adventure Challenge – a gruelling physical test which will be staged for the first time next year by the organisers of the Arrochar 10K.

The event, which will take place on May 2, 2020, will involve a tough 3.5km kayak on a twin sit-on top kayak, a 24km cycle ride, largely on forestry roads with no traffic, and a 5km run.

The challenge, being organised by the Loch Long Jetty Association (LLJA), is being held to showcase the successful installation of the association’s new pontoon at the head of the loch – and also to celebrate Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020.

The participants compete in teams of two, and both have to do all three stages.

The kayaks, paddles and buoyancy aids will be provided, but the race entrants have to bring their own roadworthy bike – and helmet!

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There will be lots of prizes to compete for. Why not enter an office team and raise funds for your favourite charity!

Rce entrants will have the option to sign up for a ceilidh which is being held at night after the Adventure Challenge, in a bid to encourage participants to come for the whole weekend and enjoy the stunning scenery of Arrochar and the surrounding area.

Entry is limited to 60 two-person teams for the inaugural event, and you can sign up at entrycentral.com/Loch_Long_Adventure_Challenge.

There is also an ‘early bird’ discount offer for entries for the challenge and ceilidh made before January.

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Dawn Gourlay from the LLJA said: “We have been very lucky in sourcing some grant funding for set up costs in this first year and we are very grateful to Triathlon Scotland for a ‘Start Up’ grant of £300, to Argyll Community Housing Association’s Community Action Fund for £500 and to the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park’s Grant Scheme for £2,013.

“We are also very grateful to Ardgartan Hotel for allowing us to use their ground for our transition stage.”

If you don’t feel like competing, you can always join in as a marshal (and you’ll gain free entry to the ceilidh if you do!) – just email lochlongjettyassociation@gmail.com to sign up as a volunteer for the event.

Keep an eye on lochlongevents.com for up-to-date information about the course, accommodation and other essential details.

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