A determined trio from Search Consultancy made traversing the length of Loch Lomond in a canoe look like plain sailing in their charity row!  

Last Saturday 28th September, Neil McKenna, Gavin Gallimore and Scott Munro from the Search Glasgow office rowed 24 miles from one end of Loch Lomond to the other in an open Canadian canoe.

The trio set off from Ardlui Pier at the north end of Loch Lomond at 7.40am and made it the 24 miles across to Balloch House at 2.30pm – with only one five minute stop along the way! 

Neil, Gavin and Scott decided to take to the waves to raise funds for CHAS, Children 1st and Marie Curie. And to date, they’ve raised over £1000, which will be divided across the three charities.  

Neil, 32, from Colintraive, said: “We had a great day for it - there was no headwind and it wasn’t raining or cold, so we just went for it. We were aiming to finish at 3.30pm, so we were delighted to have made it an hour earlier. Everyone seemed to get a second wind towards the end and we just pushed ahead.”

Neil works as a managing consultant in the Search Consultancy Glasgow office with principal consultant Scott, 29, from Airdrie, and divisional manager Gavin, 36, from Glasgow.

Neil and the team were a bit too late to sign up for a similar challenge earlier in the year, but they were determined to get onto Loch Lomond in some way to raise cash for the three great charities that Search supports in Scotland. 

But it was a challenge that was tougher than expected – even for Neil and Gavin, who had some canoe experience before the row. 

Neil added: “It was more physically demanding than we thought it would be but it was a great experience. Search has been very supportive of us and our colleagues in the office all really spurred us on. We’d like to thank them for all their encouragement and support!”

If you’d like to support the team, online donations can still be made via the following Just Giving links, which will remain open for the next few weeks:

We’d just like to take a moment to congratulate Neil, Gavin and Scott for taking on and completing this challenge – very well done gentlemen!