On Friday 7 September, 207 participants from across the UK travelled to Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfries, to take part in the 2018 Buccleuch Property Challenge, raising over £14,000 for mental health charity, Projekt 42.
Breaking the fundraising target of £10,000, the money raised through the Challenge will ensure Projekt 42 is able to continue its necessary services to people across Leith and beyond. An Edinburgh-based mental health charity, Projekt 42 aims to enhance physical fitness and mental wellbeing through its gym and wellness centre.
An adrenaline-fueled adventure race, 69 teams of property professionals took on a variety of fitness tasks during the 2018 Challenge, which took them, for a distance of approximately 50km, over land and water across the 90,000-acre estate.
With new challenges added each year, participants took part in mountain biking, hill running, paddle boarding, kayaking, orienteering and archery, as well as pulling a Land Rover and conquering a number of skills-based activities.
David Peck, Managing Director of Buccleuch Property said: “This was our 12th Buccleuch Property Challenge, and we are incredibly grateful to everyone who took part and supported us in our efforts to raise money for our chosen charity, Projekt 42. An organisation we have supported since 2017, the funds will take the not-for-profit gym one step closer to opening the doors of its purpose-built fitness and wellbeing centre in Halmyre Street, Leith.
“The Challenge provides an opportunity for organisations to get out of the office and engage in a unique team-building experience, while meeting individuals from across the industry and giving back to charity, with some light-hearted fun thrown in.”
Projekt 42 founder, Sara Hawkins added: “We were honoured to be chosen as this year’s charity and cannot thank everyone who supported us, and Buccleuch Property, enough. Every penny raised will go towards helping us provide our range of fitness classes, workshops, one-to-one counselling and life coaching sessions, which have proven invaluable to our members.
“In partnership with Buccleuch Property we had hoped to raise enough money to provide 300 hours of free counselling, however thanks to the support from Challenge participants and the public we’re now on track to provide 500 free hours of counselling, which will make a huge difference to those in need.”
Representatives from organisations including Savills, Native Land, Optimised Environments, CDA Group, Cushman & Wakefield, Rettie & Co, Cruden Homes, Chris Stewart Group and more took part in this year’s Challenge.
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1.Coming in at 4 hours 26 minutes, “Gladman Scotland – 1”, from Gladman Developments, won gold. The team was made up of three members: Simon Dean, Chris Wright and Matthew Rose.
2.Crossing the finish line at 4 hours 51 minutes, “The Native Landers”, from Native Land won silver. The team consisted of Robert Harris, Jonathan Mantovani and Dan Clarke.
3.Finishing at 5 hours 6 minutes, “Queensberry Rules!”, from Buccleuch Queensberry, won bronze. The team was made up of Chris Boyle, George Fergusson and Kyle Hennen.
1.Coming in at 4 hours 32 minutes, “Beginners LUCk”, from Land Use Consultants (LUC) won gold. The team consisted of Dan Walker, Joe Nunn and Kate Wigley.
2.Crossing the finish line at 4 hours 35 minutes, “OPEN Season” from Optimised Environments, won silver. The team was made up of Pol Macdonald, Jo Phillips and Ian Logan.
3.Finishing at 4 hours 58 minutes, “CDA Edinburgh” from CDA Group, won bronze. The team consisted of Frank Hinds, Chris Humphreys and Katie Watson.