AN ADVENTURE race across 55km of Perthshire countryside took place this month, bringing together grit, glory and glamour.

Participants dug deep for Gleneagles’ Great Adventure Race encompassed a 4km canoe trail across Loch Earn, a 16km run over the snow caps of Ben Vorlich, and a 35km cycle back to the hotel through the local country roads – before crossing the finish line to the celebratory sound of bagpipes, the welcome sight of champagne presented on silver platters, and specially-designed ‘race recovery canapes’ served from the back of a special Gleneagles-branded Land Rover Defender.

Winners, Donnie Campbell and Matt Green, who battled the elements together as Team Salomon celebrated finishing the race in just three hours 53 minutes, while runners-up, Mark Beaumont and his team-mate, former Melrose Rugby Club player, Pete Eccles, came close behind with a finish time of four hours 24 minutes. In third place, Team FINDRA – the first mixed team to pass the finish line – completed the race in four hours 28 minutes.

Mark Beaumont said: "Never have I been prouder of Perthshire than being a part of the inaugural Great Adventure Race.  I have always loved Perthshire; it’s where I grew up and it has been the perfect training ground for expeditions and documentaries that have taken me the world over.

“This is new genre of adventure race, where you can explore the best that Perthshire has to offer, amidst a luxury weekend of fine food, new friends and, best of all, family.”

Joint Managing Director of Gleneagles, Conor O’Leary, said: “We were thrilled to launch this exciting new event which saw us welcome participants from around the world for a two-day celebration of the very best that Scotland has to offer – from our beautiful scenery to our world-renowned hospitality.  It’s the perfect opportunity to escape the city, challenge yourself and get closer to nature, before dressing to the nines for an evening of glamour.”