Call for Great Glen Challenge riders

Great Glen Way

A charity has issued a call out to Scottish mountain bikers to raise cash and ride one of the UK’s longest off-road cycle tracks.

The Scottish Huntington’s Association is looking for volunteer mountain bikers to cycle the 80-mile off-road track along the Great Glen from Inverness to Fort William. The charity cycle takes place over three days, from September 20 to 22, and riders need to raise a minimum of £600 to take part, but all food and accommodation for the trip is included.

The charity’s fundraising manager, Joan Littlejohn, says: “This is a great opportunity to cycle one of Britain’s great bike routes and raise cash to help families affected by this devastating condition.”

About the Great Glen Way

The Great Glen Way runs from Fort William at the northern end of the West Highland Way to Inverness along the Great Glen Fault.

Starting from the side of Loch Linnhe, a sea loch that opens out on to the Atlantic Ocean, the Great Glen follows the line of the Caledonian canal for almost all the way. This canal opens out into Loch Lochy, then Loch Oich before reaching Loch Ness.

The way heads to the west of Loch Ness shortly after Drumnadrochit and takes a moor and farmland route before finally crossing the Caledonian Canal and the River Ness as it reaches Inverness.

The Great Glen Route and Caledonian Canal was once a much-used shipping and trade link.

About the SHA charity

The SHA raise funds to help improve the lives of families living with the degenerative brain disorder Huntington’s disease (HD). HD is a hereditary progressive condition that causes changes to muscle control, thinking processes and can cause long-term mental health issues.

The average age of onset of HD is between 33 and 45 and those living with the condition will require 24-hour care as it progresses into its later stages. Each child of someone diagnosed with HD is at a 50% risk of developing the condition themselves. There is no cure.

Joan adds: “We are the only charity in Scotland offering support to HD families. Through providing specialist nurses, our youth support team and our wellbeing volunteers we are helping to improve the everyday lives of people impacted by HD and every penny raised will go towards funding this work.”

To find out more about  the Great Glen Challenge contact Joan Littlejohn or Linda Byars on 0141 848 0308. Also check out the website

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