I am totally honoured to have been nominated for, and subsequently won a National Adventure Award 2016. The National Adventure Awards are a real highlight of the year, bringing together adventurers from the 4 corners of the British Isles to celebrate what everyone has got up to in the last year, and throw ideas around for the next year.
There were some wins for incredible efforts from Sarah Outen MBE circumnavigating the world, Jamie Ramsay who completed an epic run from Vancouver to Buenos Aires, and Ash Dykes who took on Madagascar and all it’s summits. Closer to home, a team para-climbed the notorious Eiger, while a team also swam to the rocky outcrops of St Kilda. In one word, amazing.
So in this context it was a huge honour to scoop the “charitable achievements” category. I have always enjoyed adventure, and had the opportunity to support some fantastic causes including the Yamaa Trust, Scottish Association for Mental Health, African Palliative Care Association and Riding for the Diabled through various runs and climbs.
To be honest though, although I have done a fair bit of running over the years, the vast majority of the hard work in raising awareness and money for charities and social enterprises has been done by others. Although I have loved contributing and actually get far more out of this than any charity does from me, the folks that should take the credit should definitely include all my family especially the Murrays, Reeves, Linds, Morrisons and Murdochs, and great friends too many to name, but to share a few Dave Scott, Donnie Campbell, Ross Lawrie, Arnaud Le Marie, Colin McPhail, Jenna Anians, Steve Reid John Graham and Shona Thomson. Well over 2000 people have donated an incredibly generous total of over £160,000, so thanks a tonne to everyone for that, and for raising awareness, donating prizes, collecting medical equipment/ trainers, baking cakes, giving talks, sharing posts, taking photos, marshalling events, and generally being brilliant.
Some partners I work with have been hugely generous. Many companies have put their hand in their pocket while others have gone beyond the call of duty. Sandbaggers have ploughed huge resources not only into the expeditions, but also in setting up social enterprises, deaf schools, and supplying hospitals in remote parts of the world including Outer Mongolia, and Namibia. The University of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow have collected vital medical supplies. Merrell have sent over 100 of pairs of new trainers and athletic equipment in direct response to requests from East Africa to support local foundations.
So essentially it is a great honour to have been awarded a National Adventure Award, but it would only be fair to say that most of the credit is deserved by many other people. I hope we can continue learning from and supporting these projects together, and wish I had more time to do a little more.
The other nominees in this category have all achieved a tremendous amount, and are worth having a read about and supporting if you can
– Karl Hinnett
– Wooden Spoon– Arctic Rugby
– The Archies Mountain Challenge
– Airdrieonians Trust
– Stephen Hill
– Jamie Ramsay