Highlands & Islands

Assynt rescue team completes West Highland Way challenge

Assynt Rescue Team members. Pic: Assynt MRT
Image caption Some of the Assynt Mountain Rescue Team members who took part

Ten members of a mountain rescue team have covered almost 97 miles (156km) between Fort William and Milngavie on foot and on bikes in about 20 hours.

Working in pairs, ten Assynt Mountain Rescue Team member ran or cycled the West Highland Way while others used a kayak in rivers and lochs nearby.

The effort to raise money for new equipment was planned for 20 December, but heavy snow delayed the attempt.

The challenge was finally completed at end of January.

Team spokesman Charlie MacLeod said: "The effort put in by everyone involved was amazing to see and be a part of, especially in the wee small hours when it was cold, sleeting and most sensible people would have been safely tucked up in bed.

"The team are responsible for providing rescue cover to one of the largest and least populated areas in the UK.

"Raising enough funds to allow us to provide a comprehensive and professional service is always a real battle."

The Assynt rescue team's 30 members come from Caithness and Sutherland.

The team covers about 3,474 sq miles (9,000 sq km) of one of the most remote areas of Scotland.

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