Rob Roy Challenge FAQ

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What is the event?

The Rob Roy Challenge is one of Scotland’s most successful fundraising events, having seen over 5,500 participants raise almost £3 million over the past 10 years.

After the successful 10th year in 2015, the 2016 event sees an update to the route to simplify logistics for competitors while adding an enhanced variety of challenging route options, with a central base at Kenmore in order that competitors are no longer required provide their own support teams. We do however encourage friends and family to come along to support challengers at Kenmore and to enjoy the Rob Roy Challenge Festival weekend.

Whilst the routes are changing they will stay true to the heritage of the event and consist of traversing 16 miles of the Rob Roy Way (from Pitlochry to Kenmore) and a selection of cycle rides to add on which all start and end at the Kenmore Hub. All of this will be completed over the spectacular Scottish countryside that was home to one of Scotland’s legends, Rob Roy McGregor

What methods of payment are accepted?
You can pay your registration fee with all major bank and credit cards.
What is involved?

The Rob Roy Challenge brings together the right mixture of challenge and enjoyment for all athletic abilities. There are four route options, each of which consist of a challenging walk or run over hilly terrain from Pitlochry to Kenmore. These trails are off-road and likely to be muddy in wet conditions. There are then three options which include various difficulties of cycling through three circular routes leaving from and returning to the Kenmore Hub. All cycle routes are on open roads which will not be closed to traffic during the event. The four options mean that the event can be as challenging as you wish it to be and that anyone can take part and complete the event at their own pace.

Do I need to run the section on foot?
You can complete the walking section at whatever pace you feel comfortable with, just getting to the finish line is an achievement in itself.
How much training do I need to do?
As much as you like! We know that people have full time jobs and that it can be difficult to find time for training ahead of the event. We believe that the event has options for all athletic abilities and therefore any and all training you are able to do will only help to make the event more enjoyable for you on the day. Try to get out regularly for a hike or a run in the weeks leading up to the event, and if you are taking part in the cycle make sure you have been out practise your cycling on the road. It is recommended that the Red and Black cycling routes are for more experienced cyclists only.


For more information, visit the training advice page.


How much does it cost to take part?
Normal registration fee is £100, with early bird entry set at £75.
Sign me up! How do I register?
All the information you need to begin registration is on our How to register page.
What does my registration fee cover?
Your registration fee gains you access to the event, contribution towards the expenses required to run the event in order that as much money raised as possible goes to our amazing Charity Partners. You will also receive a whole load of other fantastic things.
How do I sign-up?
It couldn't be simpler, all you have to do is register online here.
Is there an age limit for taking part?
To take part you need to be 18 years of age and over. 16 – 17 year olds can participate in the walking section with appropriate parental consent. For anyone too young to take part we have lots of fun events taking place on the day so please do bring the kids along to the Kenmore Hub.
What happens if I can’t take part in the event?
If for any reason you have to pull out of the Challenge, you will forfeit your entry fee as this is non-refundable, however you may be able to transfer your entry fee on to the next year’s event, or to a replacement participant. You will not be required to meet the minimum fundraising amount for 2016.
Do I have to sign-up in advance to take part?
Yes. Unfortunately we cannot accept new entrants on the day of the event. Online registration will close on Monday the 13th June 2016, or earlier if we reach capacity before this date.
Is there a time limit on how long I can take to complete the event?
We try to allow people as long as possible to complete the event so that as many athletic abilities as possible can participate. Although we would expect that the majority of people will complete the event within 5 to 12 hours, we do allow up to 14 hours.
What happens if I cannot complete the event on the day?
If you need to pull out of the Challenge on the day the event team will support you with transport back to the finish line at the Kenmore Hub.

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Teams

Do I need to be part of a team to take part?

No. You can choose to participate on your own, but we recommend doing the Challenge as part of a team as setting up a team on the registration page is easy, can be much more fun, and you can help to keep each other motivated during your training and fundraising.

Do teams need to fundraise together?
No. Each member of your team can set up their own individual fundraising page on the Just Giving site. Teams can either combine fundraising with a single target that matches your individual fundraising goals (minimum of £350 per participant) or individuals can set their own target above £350.
How are team times calculated?
Your combined team time will be that of the last member to cross the line. For the fastest team prize, times are based on the time of the fourth member finishing.
Is there a minimum or maximum size for teams?

No. Your team can be as big or small as you like. We do suggest that you try and get as many of your friends involved as you will all be able to keep each other motivated through the fundraising and training.

Are teams required to start and finish together?
No. Your time is recorded individually so if members of your team all have differing levels of fitness they can go at their own pace.
Must all team members complete the same route?
No. Each member of your team can complete any of the route options that they like, depending on their level of desire and athletic ability. Each participant can just select their route option through the registration page.

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Support

Do I have to have a Support Team?

No. Previously the Rob Roy Challenge required a Support Team, but the new route options, based around the Kenmore Hub can be completed unsupported and therefore it is each participants choice as to whether a Support Team is necessary.

We do recognise the important role that Support Teams play in helping our brave participants through their training and fundraising journey to the start line of the event, so if you do wish to bring a Support Team, particularly if you are participating as part of a large team, please note that the focus will be on the Kenmore Hub and therefore Support Teams will not be able to meet you along the route. It will be helpful for participants to have support to make the journey between the Kenmore Hub and the Pitlochry start line, however, transport will be available which can be booked in advance.

Where can my Support Team meet me?

Support teams can drop participants off at the start line, ensure kit is ready for them at the cycle change point zone, and meet their participants at the Kenmore Hub, however, they will not be permitted in the Bike Transition area as that is for participants only. All restricted areas will be fenced-off and well sign-posted.

No Support teams are permitted on any part of the cycle route, or at any of the waterstops or checkpoints. Each of the cycle routes take place on open public roads so any additional traffic would only get in the way of participants tackling the route.

The Rob Roy Festival will be in full flow from 12.00pm where support teams can soak up the atmosphere while they await participants at the finish line

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Fundraising

Who are the charities that I’m raising money for?
The 2016 Rob Roy Challenge Annual Charity Partner will be Mercy Ships. The 2016 MCCF Charity Partners will be Breast Cancer NowCyreniansMaggie'sMarie Curie and Mercy Corps.
Can I fundraise for a charity of my own choice?
No. The event is set up to support the selected Charity Partners, so participants full fundraising target of £350 will be distributed to those charities only. We do, however, work directly with some charities and corporate partners who pre-purchase assured places on the Rob Roy event and if you need further detail on this please contact us.
Why am I asked to commit to raising £350 sponsorship money?
The Martin Currie Rob Roy Challenge was set up to allow participants to take part in a fun and challenging event while raising much needed funds for some fantastic charities. We therefore ask that all Rob Roy challengers commit to raising a minimum of £350. Participants have until September 2016 to complete the fundraising commitment and there are prizes for the biggest fundraisers.
How do I forward my offline sponsorship?

All offline sponsorship should be recorded on your fundraising page and the amounts will be verified when they have been received. All offline sponsorship should be sent be cheque, made payable to the Martin Currie Charitable Foundation, Saltire Court, 20 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2ES.

We have provided a sponsorship form for you to use to record your offline donations.

How do I raise the sponsorship amount?
Once registered for the event each participant will be able to set up a personalised Just Giving page in order to record all donations. There are many fun ways in which you can meet your fundraising target, such as bake sales, or a quiz night, or by simply asking your friends and colleagues to donate! You can find lots of hints and tips for fundraising in our handy guide.
What happens if I don’t reach the required fundraising amount?

We ask that all Challengers do their best to reach the minimum sponsorship of £350 each, whether as an individual or as part of a combined team effort. If you are having any difficulty doing this please let us know and we will be very happy to help guide you through ways in which you can reach your target.

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Bikes

Do I have to wear a helmet?
Yes. All participants must wear a helmet while riding bikes and you will not be able to leave the Kenmore transition area without having your helmet on.
Do I need to own a bike to take part?
No. Hire bikes are available from Wheels Cycles to be picked up the Kenmore Transition area before you start the cycle section. A number of bike types and sizes are available and you can select these when you register for the event or at any time up until one week ahead of the event taking place.
What type of bike should I use?
As all cycle routes are completely on open tarmac road we would recommend a road or hybrid bike for this event, although most types of bike would be suitable.

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Registration

Do I need to register in person on the weekend of the event?

Yes. All participants must register for the event before arriving at the start line in order that you can receive your participant number, event timing kit, and your Rob Roy Challenge goody bag and tech t-shirt. You will not be able to participate without first completing registration.

It is strongly recommended that all participants complete registration at the Atholl Centre on Friday evening, even if you are travelling on to spend the night at Kenmore, as registration can be very busy on the Saturday morning. This will give you plenty of time on Saturday morning to get ready to start the event.

What time does registration open?

Registration will be open for all participants on Friday 17 June from 3pm till 10pm at the Atholl Centre.

As a back-up for late arrivals, registration will also be open at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre on Saturday 18 June between 6am and 8am. It is strongly recommended that all participants register on Friday evening to avoid any delay at registration on Saturday as it can be very busy.

For cycle only participants who will be starting the event in Kenmore, registration will also be open at the Kenmore Hub from 8am to 9.30am on Saturday 18 June. It is strongly recommended that cycle only participants also register in Pitlochry on Friday evening to avoid any potential delay before starting the event on Saturday morning.

Can I register on behalf of my team members?
No. We require all participants to register individually so they can be supplied with their participant number and event timing kit.

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On the day

Can I register on the day?

Any late arrivals who have not yet registered will be able to do so at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre between 6.00am and 8.00am. The start line will close at 8am so participants are advised to register in advance where possible.

What time does the start line open and close?

The start line at Pitlochry Festival Theatre opens on the Saturday morning at 7.00am and is scheduled to close at 8.00am.

For any participants who are participating in the cycle only options, the start line at Kenmore will open at 9.00am and is scheduled to close at 10.00am.

What kit do I need to bring?

A full kit-list of compulsory and recommended items is available on our website.

How will my individual finishing time be recorded?
Every participant is supplied with an event timing kit which records your finishing time on the day.
What is provided at checkpoints/waterstops?
At each checkpoint and waterstop there will be toilet facilities, drinking water, energy drinks, fruit and snacks.
How do I get there?

The address for the Pitlochry Festival Theatre is, Port-Na-Craig, Pitlochry, PH16 5DR

The Kenmore Hub is located close to the Kenmore Primary school.

On the day there will be a bus available to take participants from Kenmore to Pitlochry in time for the start. The cost is £5 per person and can be added when you checkout on the registration site.

Do I need to bring food?
You should bring enough food to see you through the event, such as energy bars etc, but there will be a limited amount of food at each checkpoint and waterstop to help you along the challenge. There will be numerous food stall vendors at the Kenmore Festival Hub for you to fill up before the big party in the evening.
Are showers available?
Yes. There are shower facilities available at Kenmore over the weekend for the use of all participants.
Where can I stay?

Contact details for the main accommodations offered in Kenmore are,

  • Kenmore Hotel: The Square, Kenmore, Perthshire PH15 2NU. Tel, 01887 830205
  • Mains of Taymouth: Kenmore, Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH15 2HN. Tel, 01887830226

Further accommodation can be found for Kenmore and Pitlochry on the VisitScotland website. Details on Kenmore and Pitlochry and surrounding area. There is free camping available at Kenmore with shower facilities available. Barbeques and open fires are not allowed on the campsite.

The campsite will open on Friday afternoon.

Can I bring my dog?
Yes. You are more than welcome to bring your dog to take part in the walking section of the Challenge. However, dogs are not allowed on the cycling part of the route.
Can I bring my own alcohol?
You are welcome to bring a small amount of alcohol into the campsite. There will be lots of bars for you to purchase drinks at the Kenmore Festival Hub.

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Finally

Can I volunteer at the event?

The Rob Roy Challenge could not take place without the help of volunteers.

To run an event of this size we need a number of people who are willing to generously give up their time to help. If you would like to volunteer or are interested in finding out more about the roles on offer then please contact us.

Any other questions?

If you have any other questions - contact us.

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