History

Tim _Winterburn _Caley _Challenge _2013-64In 1996, two Scots, Angus MacDonald and Alex Blyth founded the Caledonian Challenge.  Inspired by a walking event in Hong Kong, they wanted to bring a similar challenge to Scotland’s rugged and beautiful West Highland region. 

In 1997 the initial challenge was to complete 30 munros in 4 days. Just two people completed the whole course! £16,000 was raised for charity.

1998 saw the Challenge move to the West Highland way. The course covered 62 miles from Glen Nevis to Inversnaid. There were 51 participants.

The next year over £300,000 was raised by 517 Participants. The course was shortened to 52 miles.

Over 1,600 participants took part in the 52 mile route raising over £900,000 in 2002.

In 2006, the Caledonian Challenge celebrated its 10th anniversary with State Street as title sponsor.

In 2007, 1,350 participants raised £1.2M with Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) as title sponsor until 2009.

In 2010 the Challenge was sponsored by Tennents which was much appreciated by all our participants at the finish line!

RBS re-joined the Caledonian Challenge in 2011 and 2012. We also helped organise their own unique event in 2011 called The RBS Great Highland Hike. This was a fantastic success and alone helped raise over £300k for charity which was in addition to over £500k raised by our own participants on the Challenge.

CC14 5 2012 saw participant numbers start to rise again following a few years of understandable reduction. We had over 840 people take part on the Caledonian Challenge and the Caledonian Hike. The latter a shorter form (24 miles in 12 hours) of the Challenge. Together they helped raise over £630,000 for The Scottish Community Foundation.

2012 was also the first year that we allowed teams to nominate an additional charity for some of their funds. This led us to donating over £50k to many grateful charities on behalf of our participants.  

In 2013, Baillie Gifford Investment Managers became title sponsor, the Scotsman Newspaper was media sponsor and Cotswold Outdoor became retail sponsor. The two course distances were entitled THE 24 and THE 54.

In 2014, participants tackled both routes and conquered the fundraising target with over £500,000 raised.

In 2015, over 1,500 team members and Support Crews were in attendance reaching £500,000 in sponsorship thanks to the continued support of title sponsor, Baillie Gifford Investment Managers.

In 2016, the Caledonian Challenge turned 20! 

 

The Future

If you think you could provide a new home for the Caledonian Challenge or know any organisations who could, please contact us on development@foundationscotland.org.uk 

 

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