Following the recent partnership with Petroplan, one of their employees, Andy Caldwell, has very kindly offered to fundraise for the David Doig Foundation by participating in the grueling Ben Nevis Braveheart Race. Dubbed one of the UK's toughest triathlons, the challenge is a 1.2 mile sea loch swim, a 56 mile road cycle, and to finish..........a 13 mile hill run to the summit of Ben Nevis and back!!
Andy, originally from Dingwall and now based in London, is Petroplan’s Client Development Manager for Scotland and also manages their offshore trades support for shutdown and turnaround activity in the North Sea. As such he is very familiar with the work done by OPITO and the need to promote education and access to apprenticeships within the Oil and Gas industry for young people of all backgrounds to help fill the evident skills gaps in the industry.
As Andy doesn't enjoy the London underground commute experience, he does a 26 mile cycle commute every day plus a swim before work. A former hill runner, he was captivated with the challenge the Braveheart triathlon presented, including the opportunity to swim and cycle in one of the most beautiful corners of Scotland and to run up the iconic Ben Nevis.
His desire is just to finish the event but believes his competitive nature will kick in when he starts and will be doing his best to complete it as fast as possible. Andy said he is delighted to also be raising money for such an excellent cause.
Here's a photo of Andy in his last event - the Applecross Duathlon - and a picture with his new bike which means he has no excuses for not getting a reasonable time in the bike leg!
We all wish him well with his training and the event, and feel extremely proud that he is undertaking such an incredible challenge for the David Doig Foundation.
If you wish to encourage Andy and raise funds, please visit https://givi.ng/3lri