18th July 2017

RSABI Great Glen Challenge

Community support is one of the cornerstones of the Rural Sector in Scotland. In the current economic climate, it can be challenging on many fronts to progress in agricultural communities whether financially, physically or mentally. RSABI is an established charity which has helped those in Scottish rural industries for over 120 years in Scotland from its beginnings with in the 19th century to its current setup. Providing financial and practical support to individuals and their families across a range of occupations with the common theme of working on the land in Scotland, RSABI has provided a helpline and lifeline for a range of those involved in farming

Blackadders Rural team, having an interest and providing legal advice across many of these communities, see RSABI as an important charity.

Following our part taking two years ago, the Rural team has decided to enter to a team again this year for the Great Glen Challenge 2017 on 25 August 2017 to raise money for this fantastic charity and worthy cause.  For the Great Glen Challenge itself, four team members will complete four legs of the race: kayaking, cycling, walking and running. This all takes place outside beautiful Fort William/Fort Augustus.

Out of our Dundee office, Associate Solicitor, and team captain Hazel Anderson will be braving the water and spearheading the 6km kayak for the team. Hazel, noted for her seafaring skills and paddling prowess*, plans to commandeer her kayak and team to victory.  Trainee Solicitor Elizabeth Wilson will be pedalling her way hopefully to the podium, taking on the 46km cycle by channelling her inner Laura Trott in grabbing the gold.

From our Aberdeen office, Director Ellen Eunson will be completing the hillwalk of 18km, potentially with the companionship of her trusted hound, Scooby. This being the mentally taxing part of the challenge, Ellen looks to score top points across the wilderness and recollect her Brownies’ skills. Trainee Solicitor David Halligan will hopefully be cruising on all cylinders in the 17km run. Dave is pushing for a top 5 finish, and has the hopes of the Aberdeen office and his home nation of Canada behind him as he plans to emulate the spirit of Steve Prefontaine in racing for the win.

Competing against 25 teams from across the country, Blackadders strives to place high in the standings, but most importantly, raise as much funds as possible for what we believe is an excellent charitable endeavour in supporting those facing hardship in Scotland across agricultural industries. We would ask if you could please have a look at our fundraising page and if you are able, we would appreciate any donation to our challenge. Alternatively, if you have any contacts you wish to pass this onto, please do:


This Challenge, of course, comes with the huge backing of the Blackadders Rural department with Partner Petra Grunenberg, Directors Gail Clarke and Gillian Gibbons and future Trainee Solicitor Blair Duncan supporting the team across the finish line.

Finally, follow the social media endeavours of Hazel, Ellen and Dave on their Blackadders Twitter accounts: @RuralHazel, @RuralEllen and @RuralDavie. Keep up on the progress of our fundraising, our photos of our training efforts and all updates around our department.

*In reality, Hazel has never set foot on a kayak, and would struggle to identify one in a line up.

Blackadders Rural Team



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