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Global adventurer Mark Beaumont takes on gruelling cross-Scotland challenge in aid of STV Appeal

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This summer, world record breaking Scottish cyclist and adventurer Mark Beaumont will face one of the biggest challenges of his life to support STV Appeal 2013.
 
Giving his trusted bike a rest, the unique expedition will see Mark swimming and running the breadth of Scotland, following the scenic Highland Boundary Fault Line from the Isle of Arran to Stonehaven, before finishing his epic journey in Aberdeen.
 
Hoping to complete the challenge in only 10 days, Mark is set to cross the open sea three times and swim across Scotland’s biggest Loch, facing extreme cold, exhaustion and his fears. Mark’s toughest mission will be a six mile swim from Millstone Point on Arran to Scalpsie Bay on the Isle of Bute, a gruelling task which has never been attempted before.
 
He will also endure ultra-marathon runs, over rough terrain and mountain climbs, making it one of his most difficult and demanding adventures so far.
 
Along the way, Mark will stop to meet with people, schools and local community groups who have all done their bit to raise funds for STV Appeal, and STV’s cameras will capture his every step – and stroke – for an STV Appeal programme later this year.
 
With the challenge only a few months away, Mark is following an intense training regime on land and water to build up the skill and stamina needed for the enormous task ahead.
 
Mark Beaumont said: “I have never been a strong swimmer and only ever run as a small part of my expedition training, and so this mammoth Highland Line Challenge is genuinely terrifying. As a major charity challenge for the STV Appeal, I wanted to create something which was a real test, and that will capture the imagination of supporters across Scotland.
 
“In truth I don’t yet know if I am capable of this, but I am putting my absolute all into training and have a great team in support. After the scare of capsizing mid Atlantic, I never imagined I would be committing to an open water 10km swim! But it will all be worth it when we can raise as much as possible for Scottish children who are living in poverty.”
 
Elizabeth Partyka of STV Appeal said: “We’re very excited to have Mark on board and we are all in awe of the gigantic challenge he’s about to take on. Mark will pass through a raft of local communities on his journey from Arran to Aberdeen, so this is a great opportunity to get involved and help raise funds for children and young people affected by poverty in Scotland. And of course to cheer Mark on!”
 
Starting at Blackwaterfoot on Arran, Mark’s challenge will take him to Millstone Point, Scalpsie Bay, Rothersay, Ardberg, Dunoon, Ardentinny, Coulport, Garelochhead, Luss, Balmaha, Balleich, Aberfoyle, Callander, Dunblane, Gleneagles, Crieff, Dunkeld, Blairgowrie, Kirriemuir, Edzell, Fettercairn and Stonehaven, before arriving at his final destination of Aberdeen.
 
If your business, school or community group would like to get involved with Mark’s challenge and help raise funds for STV Appeal, please contact campaign manager Ami Anderson on ami.anderson@stv.tv or 0141 300 3729.
 
The STV Appeal 2013 is now underway with a host of fundraising activities and engaging programming to be rolled out throughout the year. For more information and to download a fundraising pack, go to stv.tv/appeal.
 
To support Mark's challenge and make a donation to STV Appeal, visit Mark's JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/markbeaumontSTVAppeal
 
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For further information, please contact the STV Productions press office:
 
Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830 / 07921 494 654
anna.hendry@stv.tv  
 
Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670 / 07803 970 143
eleanor.marshall@stv.tv