Two-day 150km adventure challenge launched in Hebrides

Picture: Carrick 'Pyro' Armer
Picture: Carrick 'Pyro' Armer
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THRILL-seekers in the Hebrides will soon have another challenge to add to their list in the form of The Heb - Race on The Edge.

Organised by award winning multi-sport event company Durty Events, The Heb is an action packed, two-day 150km adventure challenge taking place on September 3.

Picture: Carrick 'Pyro' Armer

Picture: Carrick 'Pyro' Armer

That may sound gruelling, but organisers claim the event is “extremely easy” and is designed to encourage participants of all fitness levels to take part.

Participants will be pushed to their limits on foot, mountain bike and kayak through the Uist Island chain off Scotland’s west coast.

The Heb is open to solo or pair competitors who will attempt the journey, which takes in off-road running, mountain biking, kayaking and some sections of navigation.

Participants will begin racing at Benbecula for the 100km route round North Uist on day one, going on to a shorter 50km route taking athletes to the southernmost point of South Uist on day two.

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The race will be stopped at the end of day one at one of the island communities, allowing for a well-earned refuel. The move is designed to make the race more accessible to take part in.

Paul McGreal from Durty Events said: “This action packed adventure will be extremely easy to take part in. With an overnight stay in a single location on day one, race logistics sorted by the event team and time adjusted route, checkpoint and navigation options to suit all skill and fitness levels we have placed the emphasis firmly on participation, enjoyment and fun for all.

“We want everyone to have a great time, finish at a reasonable point on day one, and bite off as much as they can chew (and hopefully a little bit more). We have therefore designed The Heb in such a way that it will be perfect for experienced multi-sport athletes, works and office teams and fit and active people wanting to give an endurance adventure event a go for the first time in the most stunning location in Scotland.”

A variation of The Heb was last held in 2009 under a different name.

For more information, visit http://www.theheb.org/