Wooden spoon for Fergus but valuable funds raised

Berwick-based land agent Fergus Thomson was among staff from Davidson and Robertson (D&R) who took part in the Great Glen Challenge.

Tuesday, 26th September 2017, 09:50 am
Updated Wednesday, 20th September 2017, 16:54 pm
Iain Kyle, Kirsten Tait and Fergus Thomson from Davidson & Robertson land agents completed the Great Glen Challenge.

Unfortunately, the former Scottish rugby international’s team took the wooden spoon but that was more than offset by the fantastic fund-raising done for charity.

Another team from D&R were crowned winners, beating 26 other teams to the top spot after a thrilling competition that featured a record number of competitors.

The Great Glen Challenge is organised each year to raise funds for RSABI, the charity for rural people in need, and sees competitors run, kayak, cycle and walk along the Great Glen.

Associate director Derek Bathgate put his mountain bike skills to good use along the 46km trail as part of the D&R winning team.

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He said: “We are delighted with this win and the efforts of all competitors to raise funds for such a worthwhile cause.

“I am so proud of my colleagues. Three D&R teams took part, which shows the dedication of our firm, not just to add value to our clients’ businesses, but also to really play our part, and put something back, into the rural community.”

The winning D&R team, Team Teal, consisted of Murray Philp, who won the 6km kayak section of the challenge, managing director Martin Hall, who won the 18km observation walk, Derek Bathgate, who was placed fifth overall in the mountain bike section, and Kirsten Tait, who claimed a respectable 16th place in the 17km run. Fiona Mackay acted as support driver for the winning team.

D&R is passionate about supporting the rural community. Taking part in the RSABI Great Glen Challenge is just one way that the company works to raise funds to support those in need in the agricultural sector.

The D&R teams have almost reached their fund-raising target of £3,000, and donations are still welcome at http://m.virginmoneygiving.com/mt/uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=DavidsonRobertsonRural&pageUrl=3

There were two other D&R teams competing in the event, representing offices from across Scotland and northern England.