They trekked, ran, cycled and kayaked for sick children

Byron Beatty and Heath Cairns at the end of the Rat Race.
Byron Beatty and Heath Cairns at the end of the Rat Race.
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Two friends cycled, ran and kayaked along a 104-mile course to raise money for charity.

Rothbury lads Byron Beatty and Heath Cairns took part in the Rat Race in Scotland in aid of the Children’s Head Injuries Equipment Fund (Chief) at Newcastle’s Great North Children’s Hospital.

The two-day event saw them take a route from Nairn to Glencoe.

The pair decided to take part in the event as Heath’s wife Sharon is the ward sister on Ward 1b at the hospital, where children with head trauma are treated.

Byron said: “Heath and I completed the two day event in 11hrs 51 mins.

“We were delighted to have finished 111th out of the 512 teams/individuals who entered.

“On the first day we had beautiful sunshine and scenery all the way from Nairn to fort Augustus.

“In complete contrast day two was far more dramatic with apocalyptic wind and rain, resulting in intermittent flooding from start to finish.

“It felt like we spent the last 10 miles running along the West Highland Way in three feet of water!

“All in all it was a great adventure race and we are delighted with the support we have received for Chief.”

The first day of the race saw them start with a seven-mile trek followed by a 48-mile road cycle and one-and-a-half mile mini-run and kayak to end the day at Fort Augustus.

Day two 16 miles of off-road cycling, another 17 miles of road cycling then a 14-mile hill trek and ending with a one-mile flat-water kayak to come to the finish line at Glencoe.

So far they have raised £455 for their endeavour and are aiming to hit a target of £1,000. You can still sponsor them at