Scottish Sea Farms to sponsor Cape Wrath Challenge – Fishfarmer Magazine

Scottish Sea Farms to sponsor Cape Wrath Challenge11 March, 2014 –

A QUIRKY, unique and friendly series of running events in the far north-west of Scotland has secured support from Scottish Sea Farms for the next three years, with £6,000 sponsorship from the Heart of The Community Trust.

The series of running, sporting and community events in Durness, the Cape Wrath Challenge was recently named by The Telegraph travel section as ‘one of the greatest running events around the world.’

Held during May since 2002, the challenge was established following the around Britain ‘Island Race’ which visited Durness, the most north-westerly community on mainland Britain. 

The village itself has a population of 320 but these numbers are boosted each year by hundreds of runners from all over the world.

The local economy benefits hugely from the event, which is organised by Durness Active Health, a registered charity, and it also raises funds for good causes locally. 

Run entirely by volunteers, the Cape Wrath Challenge has also attracted three families to move to the area permanently.

Tony Jackson, Chair of Durness Active Health, said: ‘The Cape Wrath Challenge continues to attract new and returning runners each year. 

‘It’s a hugely important event in the Durness calendar and shows what can be achieved by an active body of volunteers in a small community.  The Scottish Sea Farms sponsorship, which has been pledged until 2017, is a welcome contribution to the running of the event and the work we do in the local community.’

Richard Darbyshire, Scottish Sea Farms’ Regional Manager, said: ‘This event is held amongst the fantastic scenery that exists around our Loch Eriboll site. 

‘The charity is focused on people’s health and wellbeing in the community and this is a key factor for us when granting Heart of the Community funds. We hope to be entering a Scottish Sea Farms team in the Marathon this year and we are absolutely delighted to be able to offer some long-term support to such a unique event.’

Application forms for the Heart of The Community – which runs from 11-17 May can be found on the Scottish Sea Farms website – – together with full details of the criteria required.