📍The Cateran Yomp | Blairgowrie, Perthshire.
Last weekend I was lucky enough to be chosen as a massage therapist for a massive Charity event in Scotland, called the Cateran Yomp. The Yomp (a military term for a long-distance march) is an epic adventure challenge. Teams of people take on 54 miles (gold medal) in 24 hours across the rugged terrain of the Scottish wilderness. There is also a 36.5 (silver medal) or a 22 (bronze medal) mile option!
I had never been camping before, unless you count backgarden camping, with a warm, homemade breakfast and added table service in the morning! Unfortunately I don’t, so this was a completely new experience for me that (happily!) pushed me out my comfort zone. I was on a 6pm – 2am shift at the silver medal point, so set up camp at the main field then drove around 25 minutes through the beautiful Scottish wilderness, to location.
Every soldier and participant coming through our gazebo doors for treatment was in immense pain, soaked through, muddy and tired. It’s not just about the therapy given, but also a therapists positive attitude, to give competitors a bit of banter and drive to continue the journey. It’s really interesting to see where Massage and other therapies can take you, and it’s certainly given me a push to find out about more outdoor events like this. I spoke to a lovely lady who had joined a long haul racing car event through Mongolia, as a therapist, providing therapies to the driver and team to relieve back ache as way of payment! So I’m aiming for somewhere warmer next time, the Caribbean would be nice!