Cairngorms National Park

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Park Convener and staff in Highland Cross Charity Biathlon

20th June 2005

A team from the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) took part in the gruelling Highland Cross Charity Biathlon on Saturday 18 June, raising over £500 for local charities.

Gavin Miles and Norman Brockie, who both work in the CNPA’s Planning and Development Control team based in Ballater, took part in the event along with CNPA Convener, Andrew Thin, on what was one of the hottest days of the year so far. Between them the trio raised well over £500, mainly through the generous sponsorship of individual staff and board members of the Park Authority.

Andrew Thin said: “I am delighted the Cairngorms National Park Authority – a relatively new and small organisation – managed to raise a team for this years Highland Cross without any problem. I would encourage others, particularly in the public sector, to come forward and take part in future events and raise even more for local charities.”

The Highland Cross is a 50-mile duathlon, consisting of 20 miles on foot, followed by 30 miles on a bicycle.  The course runs from the west coast to the east coast of Scotland from Kintail through Glenaffric and Strathglass to Beauly.

The event raises thousands of pounds for charity every year with money going to medical or health care causes in the North of Scotland and helping those suffering ill health or disability.

In the past 22 years, the Highland Cross has made donations to over 160 appeals and gifted nearly £1.9 million to local charities.