In previous years, the weather for the annual Cateran Yomp weekend has proved challenging, with participants battling muddy paths and torrential rain.
However, with this weekend forecast for sunshine, Castle Water – the Yomp’s newest sponsor – has stepped in to ensure heroic hikers are kept hydrated with clean, safe drinking water along the way.
Taking place tomorrow, the Cateran Yomp challenges participants to conquer 22 miles, 36 miles or the full 54 miles around the foothills of the Cairngorms in less than 24 hours.
Castle Water’s sponsorship aims to reduce the number of plastic bottles in use at this years’ event. Walkers will have access to one gallon water tubs at four key checkpoints along the course.
Here, they can refill their water bottles, splash their faces and then get back to walking through some of Scotland’s most breathtaking scenery and achieving something extraordinary.
Castle Water employs 300 people, the majority of whom are located in Blairgowrie, a town well known as the starting and finishing point for the endurance event that takes in much of the historic Cateran Trail.
The company has committed to supporting all 1,019 walkers throughout the weekend by supplying them with water at main checkpoints along the 54 mile route.
Castle Water CEO, John Reynolds OBE, said: “We’re delighted to support this year’s Cateran Yomp and the ABF Soldiers’ Charity. By positioning refill stations along the route, yompers can access clean, safe drinking water to keep hydrated without the need for single-use bottles.
“This is an ideal opportunity to show our commitment to reducing unnecessary plastic waste while protecting the spectacular natural environment and local wildlife here in the foothills of the iconic Cairngorm National Park.”
This is the 8th year for the Cateran Yomp and over the course of its time participants have raised an incredible £2.9 million for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.
Not for the faint hearted, The Cateran Yomp (a military term for a long- distance march) is the biggest, toughest event of its kind.
The event fundraises for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity who provide a lifetime of support to soldiers and veterans from the British Army, and their immediate families, when they are in need. www.soldierscharity.org