Martin Currie Rob Roy Challenge Celebrates Another Successful Year

The event has been running since 2006 and has raised almost £4 million for good causes
Jul 26, 2019 8:00 AM ET

Hundreds of people took to the Scottish Highlands for the Martin Currie Rob Roy Challenge, hiking and biking their way to raising thousands for charity.

The event has been running since 2006 and has raised almost £4 million for good causes. This year, more than 300 people took part in the routes, ranging from a 16-mile walk/run, to a gruelling 70-mile combined walk and cycle.

Fundraising officially closes in September, but the event organisers expect it to have attracted around £100,000 in donations.

This year’s charity partners were NSPCC Scotland, HorseBack UK, Cyrenians, Marie Curie, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance and Maggie’s Centres, with significant amounts also raised for charities chosen independently by participants.

The event was held in tandem with another Martin Currie challenge event on the opposite side of the globe, where A$17,000 (c £9,500) was raised by participants hiking and walking around the city of Melbourne.

Martin Currie chief executive Julian Ide said: “The Rob Roy Challenge has seen huge success since it began in 2006 and its sister event in Melbourne has also proved to be another great event in its second year. It takes a lot of effort from many people to even get to the start line. Everybody involved should be extremely proud of what has been achieved and the funds raised for very worthwhile charities.

“The camaraderie and team work on display over the course of the weekend is really what makes these events so special.”

Alastair Reynolds, chair of the Martin Currie Charitable Foundation said: “The results achieved year after year by our staff-led charity teams and external supporters are truly amazing. At Martin Currie our corporate purpose is investing to improve lives, our Challenge events in Scotland and Australia exemplify this to great effect.”

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