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A monster charity total for the First Monster Challenge
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Posted on: Tuesday 23rd December 2008


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FirstGroup, Britain's largest transport operator and organisers of the First Monster Challenge, has announced that the 2008 120km duathlon event raised more than £140,000 for good causes.

The gruelling event, which took place in September, attracted a near sell out field, some 750 competitors, including celebrities, Nell McAndrew, Ben Fogle, Gavin Hastings and Liz McColgan. All participants were encouraged to raise money for First's charity partner, Save the Children.

Of the £140,000 raised, more than £100,000 benefited Save the Children with the remaining £40,000 going to a host of other charities, including Help For Heroes, Befriend a Child, Cancer Research, Breast Cancer, Marie Curie Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis, Down's Syndrome, CLIC Sargent, the Willow Foundation, Alzheimer Scotland and others.

Sir Moir Lockhead, Chief Executive of FirstGroup said, "One of the main aims in organising and hosting the First Monster Challenge is to raise money for good causes, in particular Save the Children. We are delighted with the total amount and particularly impressed with the efforts of our North American colleagues who entered five teams and between them raised $100,000. Thank you to everyone who took part and to everyone who sponsored a friend or colleague. Let's hope we can raise even more in 2009!"

FirstGroup confirmed that the First Monster Challenge will return to Inverness in 2009. A confirmed date is expected to be revealed early in the New Year.

The First Monster Challenge, which has been officially accredited by the British Triathlon Foundation, is a 120km team relay duathlon around the shores of Loch Ness. In teams of four, each competitor is required to complete two legs of the eight-legged event - one 10km run and one 20km cycle.

Bikes and Fitness Inverness are reigning champions having won both the 2007 and 2008 events.


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