Cairngorm Challenge

Can you support Iain McKenzie, the Chief Operating Officer of Mattioli Woods, as he embarks on an awe-inspiring expedition through the untamed and beautiful Cairngorm Mountains in North Scotland. Starting on 16th April 2024, Iain will undertake an extraordinary test of endurance, on 6 consecutive days, pushing the limits of his physical and mental fortitude.

Having undertaken numerous triathlons, Ironman Distance events, and completing the arduous Ironman Wales, Iain's latest venture is nothing short of remarkable. He sets out to undertake a staggering distance of 165.7 miles, around the remote and rugged terrain of the Cairngorm Mountains by foot. Inspired by his passion for mountaineering and climbing, Iain is driven to explore and push beyond his conventional boundaries.

Iain Running
Why the British Heart Foundation?

Despite facing the additional challenge of recovering from a recent injury, Iain's determination remains unyielding. He perseveres through rigorous training at ungodly hours, supported by the SYN Gym in Leicester, determined to overcome physical and mental obstacles to accomplish his challenge. 

Iain's extraordinary undertaking is fuelled by his commitment to support the British Heart Foundation, our chosen National Charity but also a cause that resonates deeply with him. He seeks to raise awareness and make significant strides in the fight against heart disease, an affliction that has touched the lives of countless individuals, including his own family and friends. 

His response to why for the British Heart Foundation – ‘everyone has a heart but because you can't see it, it often gets overlooked – it's the last thing folk think about. You just expect it to keep going. Everyone has been touched at some point by heart disease in their life- whether - personally, or with family/friends.’ 


The route
The challenge

Running a staggering 165.7 miles through the remote terrain of the Cairngorm Mountains in North Scotland, Iain himself admits that even by his own standards this will take him completely out of his comfort zone. Whilst part of the route has been cycled, it’s not a route that has ever been recorded as being completed on foot and certainly not the full distance.

A fundraiser that British Heart Foundation will see the benefits from for years to come

Heart Fact: did you know that engaging in regular physical activity is vital for maintaining a healthy heart. Studies have shown that individuals who dedicate a minimum of 165 minutes per week (about 30 minutes a day, five times a week) to activities like brisk walking or cycling significantly reduce their risk of developing heart disease and experiencing heart attacks.

Join us in supporting Iain's remarkable effort, as every contribution you make contributes to his journey and aids the British Heart Foundation's ongoing fight against heart disease. Together, we can create lasting change and help pave the way for breakthroughs that will benefit countless lives. Whether your contribution is small or large, it carries significant impact. By supporting Iain's challenge in the Cairngorm Mountains, you not only motivate him for his journey but also contribute to the transformative work of the British Heart Foundation to really make a difference.

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Iain's training log

Below you will be able to see some clips showcasing Iain's intense training in preparation for this challenge.

More of Iain's exploring/training





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