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Chris Brookmyre to take part in Caledonian Challenge

07 April 2016

Bestselling novelist Chris Brookmyre is to take part in this year’s Caledonian Challenge which marks its 20th anniversary in June. The award-winning author whose novels include: Quite Ugly One Morning, Country of the Blind, Boiling a Frog, Dead Girl Walking and Black Widow will be part of the Bloody Scotland Team representing Bloody Scotland - the International Crime Writing Festival which takes place every September in Stirling. The Bloody Scotland Team will take on the Caledonian Challenge 'The 24' described as a 'tough but achievable' hike from Fort William to Glencoe to mark the announcement of the 2016 programme. The team members will also include fellow crime writers Craig Robertson, Matt Bendoris and Doug Johnstone.

Chris Brookmyre said “It started off with a casual suggestion just before Christmas and somehow I seem to be doing it. I do a lot of walking while I’m working on a book, so I’m hoping that clocking up twenty-four miles against spectacular backdrops provides a lot of fuel for the creative engine. As we head towards the finish line in Glencoe we will be passing through one of 17th century Scotland’s most notorious crime scenes.”

 

Giles Ruck CEO Foundation Scotland said “It’s great to see the enduring appeal of the Caledonian Challenge as it marks its 20th year and welcome this team of critically-acclaimed authors and writers to the event. We wish the Bloody Scotland Team every success in their training and preparation for The 24 over the next few months.”

Support from the key businesses and organisations has always played an important role in the enduring success of the Caledonian Challenge. For the past three years, Baillie Gifford has been title sponsor of the Caledonian Challenge, actively encouraging their staff to sign up and get involved along with providing essential assistance and equipment for the event.

Lynn Nicol-Baird at Baillie Gifford who took part in 2015 adds, “Yes, it’s challenging! Yes, it’s beautiful! Yes, it’s rewarding! And, yes, there are midges however the fact that it is all of these things just makes it all the more fabulous when you cross that finish line. It is a great, great feeling knowing you have pushed yourself to the limit and achieved something worthwhile. Each and every one of us know someone in some way who has benefited from the fantastic work Foundation Scotland do, to be part of that is truly something special!  Sign up, get the gear, start training and fundraising but most of all, enjoy it!

“It’s not ‘just’ a walk it’s a journey, from the moment you sign up to way beyond the finish line.”

If you would like to know more about the Caledonian Challenge and how you and your friends or colleagues can get involved this year contact the team on T: 0131 524 0350 or visit: www.caledonianchallenge.com

 

 

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