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More than 80 property professionals battled through the wind and rain during an Arran Challenge 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.
The Arran Challenge was organised by Rob’s colleagues at property specialist firm Cushman & Wakefield, 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 874 metre high mountain.
Picking up the Rob Worboys Challenge Quaich was the real estate team from Standard Life Investments comprising 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.
David Davidson, chair of Cushman & Wakefield said: ‘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.
‘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.
Cyclists Caroline Casson, David Fleetwood, James Britton, Lorcan Mooney and Alex Thomason prepare for the Arran Challenge. B26cycle01No
James Britton, Alex Thomason, David Fleetwood, Caroline Casson and Lorcan Mooney with the Rob Worboys Challenge Quaich. B26cycle02No
Stuart Dorward of Cushman & Wakefield with the winning Standard Life investments team. B26cycle03No