The Nairnshire Challenge will be held on Sunday 23 June 2013, not in May as had originally been announced. Now in its 16th year, the 30-mile duathlon (12.3 miles on foot, 17.7 miles on bike) is organised by Nairn's Rotary Club and has raised nearly half a million pounds for charity.
The race takes participants through some of the most scenic Scottish countryside from the southernmost to northernmost tips of Nairnshire. With the Highland Cross due to take place on the following weekend, organisers were initially concerned that many who would normally take part in the Challenge would be saving their energies for the later event. However, as entries for the Highland Cross are capped, it is hoped the Nairnshire Challenge will prove an attractive alternative.
Convenor of the Challenge, Bill Robertson said: "We have had close collaboration with the Cawdor Estate whose grouse moors we cross. In order for the birds to suffer the least disturbance, while maintaining this much loved course, the date had to do be moved to a few weekends later than has been usual."
To enter the race, visit the event website.