Planit Scotland

Loch Ness 360 Challenge needs your support!

Today is officially ‘random act of kindness’ day, and to highlight this – we wanted to encourage readers to get involved with a fantastic volunteering opportunity!

At Planit Scotland, we are lucky to work with a diverse mix of clients, giving us insight and opportunities in varied events and projects. Most recently, the Planit Scotland team have been assisting Visit Inverness Loch Ness (VILN) with the logistics for their brand-new Loch Ness 360 Challenge!

The inaugural Loch Ness 360 Challenge – an endurance cycling and running event, will take place between Friday 29th and Sunday 31st May of this year, and is an exciting addition to the Highland calendar of sporting events.

The event comprises of 5 challenges for participants to choose between; 3 marathons over the three days, a mountain bike challenge and finally, an ultramarathon where participants are challenged to run the full 80 miles around Loch Ness within 24 hours – the ultimate test of stamina! One thing that may keep the participants motivated during tough times is the stunning scenery they are sure to encounter along the way.

Due to the placement of the event, which is made up of a Dores based event village and then both the Great Glen Way and the South Loch Ness Trail, you can probably appreciate the event requires large support in terms of bodies to ensure that everything ‘runs’ smoothly.

The Loch Ness 360 challenge is a not-for-profit event, and therefore organisers are calling out for individuals or groups who may assist throughout the duration.  Volunteers will gain experience within a large-scale event environment, as well as having the opportunity to meet new people, and improve several skills such as communication and teamwork. You will have the chance to enjoy a new experience, volunteering in a beautiful part of the country.

Roles include registration, aid station support and event marshalling within the event village in Dores, and out on the event routes. Included in the marshal requirements is the need for volunteers to marshal overnight on the 30th May for the ultramarathon as it starts at 10 pm, and early morning for the bike challenge which starts 5 am on the 31st.

As the event runs over several days, including setting up on the 28th May and final close down being the 1st June, there are many different shifts available, so if you are interested in taking part, sign up and event organisers will work with you to find the shift that works best for your schedule.

So, whether you’re a student looking for some work experience, love sports or just enjoy getting involved with community events, this is an opportunity that is perfect for you!

VILN have also organised the potential of donations up to £150 for charities or groups providing 10 volunteers.

You can sign up as a volunteer via the Loch Ness 360 website: www.lochness-360.com, or get in touch with Cairan by emailing: events@visitiln.com 

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