A group of property professionals battled through the wind and rain in honour of Rob Worboys from Edinburgh who tragically passed away last year at the age of just 27 due to an unknown heart condition.
More than eighty people took part in the Arran Challenge on Friday (16th of June) organised by Rob’s colleagues at Cushman & Wakefield in Scotland, to raise funds for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
The teams faced strong south-westerly head winds and summer drizzle during a 55 mile cycle anti-clockwise round the island.
Undeterred they then attempted to climb Goat Fell but conditions were so tough that only half of the group managed to make it to the top of the 2,866 feet high mountain.
Picking up the Rob Worboys Challenge Quaich was the real estate team from Standard Life Investments comprising of Lorcan Mooney, James Britton, Caroline Casson, Alex Thomason and David Fleetwood.
Taking part and cheering them on were Rob’s family, including his father Ian, brothers Doug and Jamie and his sister Anna along with other relatives.
Lorcan Mooney from Standard Life Investments said: “The event is quite a challenge but the fantastic atmosphere and spirit of all the supporters helped us up the hills. We trained well and had a secret weapon – James Britton – who led both the cycle and mountain races. It was a privilege for our team plus the wider real estate community at Standard Life Investments to be able to support Rob’s family, his colleagues and raise money for Cardiac Risk in the Young.”
David Davidson, Chair of Cushman & Wakefield added: “This is our second Arran Challenge for Rob and the two events have raised more than £36,000 for CRY which will be used to screen young people and raise awareness of cardiac conditions such as Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS).
“The weather was not in our favour but it did nothing to dampen competitors’ spirits, even after seven people ended up with scrapes from coming off their bikes. The climb up Goat Fell was particularly tough, those that reached the top risked life and limb for a photo in 40 mile an hour gusting winds on the peak to prove to their team mates they had made the full ascent!
“We were humbled to be joined in the Challenge by Rob’s family and friends – Rob was a terrific young man and is much missed by his colleagues at Cushman & Wakefield.”
Rob, who was a popular member of Cushman & Wakefield’s Edinburgh office team, was a keen sportsman and played American Football for East Kilbride Pirates, taking part in trials for the GB team.
To donate to the fund go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=robworboysarranchallenge2017&isTeam=true
If you would like to find more information about CRY go to www.c-r-y.org.uk