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Santas hit Highland beauty spot Loch Morlich for head-turning paddleboard fundraiser for disability group


By Tom Ramage

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YEE-HA! Chris MacDonald from Kincraig and Rudolf!
YEE-HA! Chris MacDonald from Kincraig and Rudolf!

Santas have descended on Loch Morlich in great numbers – and they all passed their lateral flow tests of a different kind!

They put their skills to good use on paddleboards which have really taken off on the strath's lochs in the past two years.

Emy McLeod is the owner of Strathspey Stand Up Paddleboarding, who along with Moray SUP Club hosted a hugely successful charity event in aid of Disability Snowsports UK (DSUK) in Glenmore on Sunday.

SEA OF SANTAS: Photographer Neil Wilson captured the great paddleboard parade.
SEA OF SANTAS: Photographer Neil Wilson captured the great paddleboard parade.

A total of £840 was raised in entry fees and board hires, with all proceeds going to the charity.

Emy said: “We welcomed more than 50 Santas on a partially frozen loch, but everyone had a fantastic time and got into the festive spirit!

“We had participants who decorated their boards to really get into the Christmas spirit!”

Lauren and Kadee Donald, from Dalraddy.
Lauren and Kadee Donald, from Dalraddy.

All attendees were asked to take lateral flow tests before attending and having a support team off and on the water ensured safety and social distancing was maintained throughout the event.

Emy said: "They all passed with flying colours. To paddle with the Cairngorms peaking through the clouds was truly magical, paddling in winter conditions! Big thanks to the volunteer club coaches and Forestry and Land Scotland.”


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