Launched in May of 2001, the Heb Challenge incorporates the stunning scenery of the West of Scotland into an exhilarating and truly adventurous race unlike any other in the United Kingdom. Over water, ridges, beaches and country rounds, this race uses every muscle in your body as well as every ounce of energy. Covering the Outer Hebridean Islands of South Uist, Benbecula and North Uist the Heb Challenge is not for the faint hearted.
The race involves a variety of exhausting activities including cycling, hiking, navigating, scrambling, crying (maybe), laughing (probably) and a bit of kayaking for good measure over the course of two days.
The Heb Race is organised and run by Paul McGreal of Durty Events and winner of British Triathlon ‘Event of the Year’ 2012 and course planner Gary Tompsett. The water safety team is headed by Tim Pickering, one of the authors of the sea kayaking guide to the Hebrides. With these guys at the helm you will be in good hands.
The Calmac ferry trip over allows you to see the extensive course form the viewpoint of the water; giving you an appreciation of the feat you’ll be undertaking. The Scottish weather will more than likely provide a ‘variety’ of different types of rain, brief spells of sunshine and possibly some snow/hail/other ice age weather patterns so make sure you dress appropriately. Islanders in general tend to be a friendly bunch, however, there are many people who claim that the islanders of the Outer Hebrides are especially welcoming. The natural beauty of the Outer Hebrides is enough to put anyone in a good mood I guess.
The best way to undertake this tremendous feat is by renting a Rockin Vans VW campervan. The perfect size for comfort and convenience, a VW campervan will get you there and keep you cozy in the intervening race times. Comfortable and practical, seeing the western isles from a VW campervan is an easy and unique way to camp. The VW campervan sleeps four, however we recommend, for complete comfort and some stretching space, 2 adults and 2 children are a nicer fit. The campervans are equipped with a heating system, gas cooker, 45lt fresh water tank and electrical sockets for all your charging needs. The pop-top roof allows for some extra space in the evenings for you to relax and have a well-deserved beer after the intense exercise of the day. Depending on the weather, a barbeque could be on the cards. What better way to celebrate your achievement than with a hot sausage and cold beer?