To celebrate the great outdoors, SYHA Hostelling Scotland will host the inaugural SYHActive Day at Rowardennan Youth Hostel on the shores of Loch Lomond on 18 April. The event includes a sponsored duathlon and a free outdoor activity showcase and is being staged to encourage as many people as possible to experience firsthand the multitude of opportunities Scotland’s countryside has to offer.
Keith Legge, SYHA Hostelling Scotland Chief Executive, said: ”We want to make everyone aware of what Scotland has to offer and highlight all the benefits of outdoor activities and the natural environment. The SYHActive challenge follows a stunning route round the shoulder of Ben Lomond and then a cycle back from Inversnaid via three lochs, Aberfoyle and Drymen - a great experience for participants, whilst also raising funds for our youth programmes.”
The new SYHActive outdoor challenge is an open, individual or team duathlon (run or walk and cycle) for all fitness abilities; organised with Sport Ecosse Events. Setting off from Rowardennan Youth Hostel, competitors will run or walk 10 miles round the shoulder of Ben Lomond to Inversnaid. From the transition point the 34-mile cycle ride will pass Lochs Arklet, Chon and Ard on the way to Aberfoyle. The route then heads to Drymen and along the coast of Loch Lomond before finishing back at Rowardennan.
Participants in the SYHActive Challenge will be required to raise sponsorship to support SYHA's youth activity programmes.
The showcase will include activity providers Can You Experience and Boots & Paddles, who work with SYHA youth programmes, offering taster sessions for a variety of adventure activities, from canoeing to raft building. A number of national outdoor, youth, environmental and wildlife organisations will be attending the showcase, including Forestry Commission Scotland, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, RSPB and Duke of Edinburgh Awards. There will also be refreshments available all day, including a barbecue in the afternoon; local produce and craft stalls, live bands and some child-friendly activities to keep the very young entertained.
The SYHActive outdoor showcase is a free event and open to all. However SYHA Hostelling Scotland requests that all those intending to attend register by emailing: SYHActive@syha.org.uk. The cost to enter the SYHActive challenge is £20 with the aim to raise a further £50 or more in sponsorship for SYHA youth programmes. For further details and to enter go to the SYHA website.
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