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Highlander's Loch Ness challenge scores a world record and decent chunk of cash for charity close to his heart


By Louise Glen

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A HIGHLAND man is on top of the world after a monster 37km challenge.

James Fletcher (38) smashed the world record and raised a load of charity cash after prone paddleboarding the length of Loch Ness.

It took him only four hours and 33 minutes to get from Lochend to Fort Augustus in August.

Prone paddleboarding involves either lying or kneeling on a paddleboard and self-propelling yourself through the water.

Mr Fletcher, who completed the challenge on Monday, August 10, has had a nail-biting wait to find out if he was able to claim the title.

This week he confirmed the good news. He said: “Ratification through from Guinness.

Record breaker James Fletcher as he reaches the end of his challenge on Loch Ness.
Record breaker James Fletcher as he reaches the end of his challenge on Loch Ness.

“Officially now the current fastest crossing of Loch Ness by prone paddleboard.”

Mr Fletcher, who lives with a heart condition, undertook the challenge to raise awareness for charity Cardiac Risk in the Young.

So far he has raised more than £2500.

“Thanks everyone for your support and donations to help me raise a good chunk of cash for Cardiac Risk in the Young this year.”

Since completing the Loch Ness world record attempt, Mr Fletcher took on a 92km challenge as part of the Glen Glen Endurance Challenge over two days.

Mr Fletcher, who works for Forestry and Land Scotland, continued: “After paddling more than 500km on the board this year, training and fundraising paddles, a great way to end the year. I just hope to raise some funds for a cause close to my heart through these paddle endurance challenges.

“My shoulders took an absolute pounding so any donation you are willing or able to give would be greatly appreciated.”

To donate to Mr Fletcher’s fundraising go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/scottishpronepaddleboardchallenge



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