LISTEN: Young Hearts Run Free hosts John Cassidy and Steven Watt explain their challenge
Podcasters John Cassidy and Steven Watt are setting the record for running the River Tay Way.
Starting in Kenmore, the two men who host the Young Hearts Run Free podcast are running 50 miles along the new River Tay pathway to Perth.
Steven explained: “It forms as part of a training plan for John and I, building towards this Lakeland 50, which is a fifty mile run and down in the lake district.
“We found the River Tay Way, it’s just like a soft launch so far because they’re still developing parts of the route and getting the way marking signs up for it.
“Luckily, I’m chief navigator rather than John, so we shouldn’t get lost, but there’s a movement, a global movement that has been on the go for some time.
“It’s called fastest known in time. And it’s abbreviated to FKT and what it does is it charts, the fastest time that routes have been covered around the world. So, the River Tay Way has never been done. And so, by default, John and I are half the fastest known time on it, I will also be the only known time.”
Their ultra-run is also a celebration of the natural beauty of the outdoors in Highland Perthshire.
The new route is being developed by the Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust and links the towns and villages across the community with a space to connect by traversing the outdoors.
A spokesperson for the Perth and Kinross Trust said: “The River Tay Way is a new long-distance walking and cycling route between Perth and Kenmore following the mighty River Tay and connecting Perth, Luncarty, Stanley, Dunkeld and Birnam, Aberfeldy and Kenmore through a ‘daisy chain’ of community links to enable low-carbon, active travel and additional local economic income for the area.”
The team are also supporting the pair as they embark on their challenge too.
Andrew Barrie, PKCT’s Strategic Routes Officer, commented: “Ultrarunning is no small feat, and taking on the River Tay Way is going to be a fantastic chance for Steven and John to get in amongst some of the most spectacular countryside Perthshire has to offer. We hope the weather holds for them and wish all the best!”
During their challenge, Steven and John are going to find themselves getting an upfront and personal look at all that there is to see along the way.
John added: “I think that some of the scenery that we have around about Perthshire is absolutely stunning. And I think the way that the Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust have worked on this, they’re taking you through some of the most beautiful patches of Scotland.
“And also, we use the word meander quite a bit. That may just be us that meanders, but we’re going to places like Dunkeld and into Murthly and into Stanley and there’s some great wee hidden gems in there in regards of places to go and to eat and to just try different things.”
Anyone can follow along by keeping up with their live GPS tracker on: https://track.trail.live/event/steven-watt-fkt
Or their most recent podcasts can be found on: https://linktr.ee/youngheartsrunfreepodcast
And the pair can be seen on: https://www.instagram.com/youngheartsrunfreepodcast/
Or their updates will be live on twitter @yhrfpod