The Cateran Yomp is an annual cross-country event that puts soldiers and civilians side by side on a 24-hour trek across the historic ‘Cateran Trail’ in Perthshire.
Set on the drovers’ roads, forests and mountain tracks of one of Scotland’s best-loved long distance walking routes, the Cateran Yomp invites walkers to complete the 54 mile track in just 24 hours. And they have decided to launch the 2018 event with a specially commissioned video by acclaimed adventure sports videographer Stefan Morrocco.
In June this year Stefan Morrocco, whose personal specialisations include triathlon, cycling, horse-riding, skiing and mountain bike racing may have been expecting a sedate change of pace, but despite living locally to the Cateran Trail in Blairgowrie, he was not prepared for the excitement and diversity of the 54 mile challenge.
He says: “’Filming the Yomp was great fun, and not least to see over the course of the 24 hours how the competitors’ reactions changed to having a camera pointed at them. First thing they were all smiles and laughs, but as the day wore on the smiles were replaced with just a nod of the head of acknowledgement from entrants deep in concentration.”
Special drone footage, commissioned from Kieran Baxter, incorporated within Morrocco Media’s new film, shows the drama and splendour of The Spittal of Glenshee down the trail to the pathless moorland around Loch Beanie.
Stefan Morrocco says: “I mountain biked up to Loch Beanie and have never had so many offers to buy my bike! I’ll definitely remember the bike up to Loch Beanie, the hour I sat at the top of Alyth Hill at 10:30 at night waiting on someone coming through, scaring the guys in Alyth Den when I was filming them in the pitch black, scenes of battered feet towards the end of the event and the mountains of fantastic food on offer around the course, are amongst my strongest memories.
There is no doubt this is a serious, challenging and very rewarding challenge for anyone taking part. With a real sense of achievement at the end.”
Stefan charted the progress of the 1,150 hikers who had signed up for the 2017 event. They collectively covered over 37,000 miles – the equivalent of travelling 1.5 times around the earth.
Since 2010, 4,500 trekkers have taken on the annual challenge to help fundraise for the charity that provides a lifetime of support to soldiers, veterans and their families in times of need.
The annual event has raised an estimated £2.9 million in seven years in support of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.
Registration for the 2018 Cateran Yomp 9-10 June is now open.