Keeping Spirit of Charlie Alive; RECORD TEAM ROSE TO THE CHALLENGE OF DRAMBUIE PURSUIT ..THE ULTIMATE TEST FOR THRILL SEEKERS
Byline: By James Moncur & Mark McGivern
BONNIE PRINCE Charlie's got a lot to answer for. Last weekend, a team of grown men - who should have known better - risked life, limb and their reputations in a race retracing the Young Pretender's heroic escape after the Battle of Culloden.
The Drambuie Pursuit celebrated Charles Edward Stuart's historic getaway from the Duke of Cumberland's army by following the route he took back in 1746.
During the prince's flight, he gave his loyal clansmen the drink's top-secret recipe, which has since been passed down through generations of the MacKinnon family.
But where the prince rode bareback, swam lochs, ran over mountains and rowed to the Isle of Skye, the four-man Daily Record team used state-of-the-art kit to cross the Highlands in the opposite direction.
Our intrepid squad joined 56 other adventure racers at the start of the day-long challenge.
The Record's team - called Fighting Spirit - was made up of reporters James Moncur and Mark McGivern, and readers David Kennedy, a personal trainer, from Airdrie, and PE teacher Craig Mueller-Ahsmann, from Perth.
After the first event - archery in the shadow of the stunning Eilean Donan Castle in Wester Ross - we were placed seventh.
We then spent a night under the stars and the following morning launched our assault on the Drambuie title.
The second event involved a half-mile sprint for Mark - carrying a case of Drambuie half his size - and a Zap Cat powerboat charge between the Isle of Skye and the mainland.
We finished a creditable fifth - despite engine problems. We dived into our team 4x4 for our first real test - the hill run, rock climb and abseil and we were hoping to do some real damage to the scoreboard.
Craig hauled himself three miles up a road from hell on a mountain bike and passed us the baton for the hill run.
Imagine running up slippery, steep stairs for more than 20 minutes and you'll understand the challenge of getting to the top of 1500ft Boc Beag, near Carr Brae, against the clock.
Mark and Dave are triathletes and James has spent a bit of time in the mountains, so we really fancied the steep slopes overlooking Loch Duich. …