THE inaugural Loch Long Adventure Challenge will finally take place this weekend - more than two years after it was first set to be staged.

Saturday’s event in Arrochar, featuring 60 teams of two, 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 race was originally organised by the Loch Long Jetty Association to celebrate the installation of the new pontoon at Arrochar in conjunction with the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020.

Organisers said they are delighted the event can now go ahead, having been forced to postpone it repeatedly due to Covid.

A spokesperson for the event said: “We would particularly like to thank the Ardgartan Hotel for allowing us to use their ground for the transition zone, and the Loch Long Hotel for supporting us by being our race headquarters throughout the day.

“This event has been made possible through set-up funding from Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Argyll and Bute Council, Foundation Scotland, Argyll Community Housing Association, Triathlon Scotland and a Magic Little Grant from Local Giving.

“Like the Arrochar 10K this event has been very well supported by the local community and wWe are very grateful to the host of local volunteer marshals who will be in attendance on the day.

“The Co-op at Inveraray has kindly supplied us with sustenance for our marshals.

“Thanks also to the Queen’s Harbourmaster, Mountain Rescue and Police Scotland Youth Volunteers for supporting the event, and Forestry and Land Scotland and the council for allowing us to utilise their land.”

They also thanked Luss Estates and the Co-op at Inveraray for their supportfor allowing the sole use of their car park for the day of the event.