Charity Walk Update: Nearing the Finish Line
By Lauren Amphlett

We’re back with what will probably be our penultimate updater on our virtual Lands End to John O’Groats challenge, where we aim to raise money for the Fungal Infection Trust. Our team has continued to walk, run and cycle the virtual challenge and has now covered an impressive 1534.61km (953.56 miles), leaving just 209.59km (130.23 miles) until we reach our destination.

Our team is now on the final stretch, heading towards Inverness before following the coast up to John O’Groats. Along the way, we’ve passed the famous Loch Ness, a large, deep, freshwater loch extending approximately 37 kilometres southwest of Inverness. Known for its dramatic scenery, Loch Ness is also famous for the legendary Loch Ness Monster, affectionately known as “Nessie.”

Interestingly, in 2008, the late American scientist and lawyer Robert Rines, who spent decades searching for Nessie, concluded that the Loch Ness Monster was likely extinct. Rines had captured images in the 1970s that some believed to be evidence of the creature, but subsequent searches yielded no concrete evidence of Nessie’s existence.

Our journey has also taken us through the picturesque Fort Augustus, a charming village on the banks of the Caledonian Canal and near the south-western end of Loch Ness. This beautiful area is known for its scenic surroundings and the impressive Fort Augustus Abbey, a former Benedictine monastery.

We’ve also ventured through the captivating Cairngorms National Park, the UK’s largest national park, which is home to rare wildlife such as golden eagles, capercaillie, and wildcats. The park boasts five of the UK’s six highest mountains, offering stunning landscapes and diverse ecosystems.

As we approach the end of our challenge, we remain grateful for your support and enthusiasm. Together, we will make a difference in the fight against fungal infections. Stay tuned for or final update as we make the final push towards the finish line, and don’t forget to donate via the link below: