Mark utilises pedal power to cross loch

ACTION MAN: Former Belton man Mark Carrington gets ready for his seven mile swim across Loch Ness.
ACTION MAN: Former Belton man Mark Carrington gets ready for his seven mile swim across Loch Ness.

A FORMER Belton man has used a pedalo to power his way across Loch Ness in a recent charity challenge.

Mark Carrington, who now lives in Inverness, and his stepfather Andy Clark completed the 25-mile feat in 11 hours.

Two days before tackling the loch, Mark also took part in the World Haggis Eating Championship - coming a respectable third.

“I thought it would be a fun challenge,” he added.

The pair have so far raised almost £1,300 of their £2,000 target for Marie Curie Cancer Care and Mark also completed a seven mile swim across the loch in just over four hours.

“The weather wasn’t what I’d hoped for as there was a fair bit of wind causing some pretty fair sized waves to batter me, but I kept my cool and didn’t contemplate giving up,” said Mark (27).

Next came the pedalo challenge which was completed at a leisurely two mph on a calm, flat surface.

“We could have done with a bit of wind to push us along,” added Mark.

“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, it felt like my knees were on fire towards the end and Andy is still feeling it now a week later.

“The looks on the faces of the passengers on the various loch cruisers which passed us was priceless - they certainly weren’t expecting to see a pedalo out there!”

“It was all great fun though and a unique experience never to be forgotten.”

Superfit Mark had previously completed a 23-mile mountain trek in Glen Coe.

And next up is a six mile assault course later this month, the River Ness 10K in October and a skydive close to his North Lincolnshire roots.

“I haven’t set a date but it will be at RAF Hibaldstow, near Brigg,” he added.

“This way all my family and friends, who are still down south, can come along and support me.”

To sponsor Mark logon to http://www.justgiving.com/Mark-Carrington