Paramedics praised after rising to trig challenge

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A pair of paramedics are celebrating after smashing a charity trig challenge.

Jacqueline McCallum and Mark Wasson were one of five duos that took on The Jolly Monday Show’s challenge to visit as many Kintyre trigonometrical points as possible within 14 hours.

Paramedics Jacqueline McCallum and Mark Wasson smashed the trig challenge, taking first place.
Paramedics Jacqueline McCallum and Mark Wasson smashed the trig challenge, taking first place.

The other teams were: Elaine Ross and Karen Cairns, representing Police Scotland; Stephanie Brodie and Gemma Downie; Kerry Hastie and Derek Brown, representing the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service; and Michelle Morkel and Kelly McSporran, also representing the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

The teams set their sights on a list of 13 trig points, aiming to visit as many as possible between 6am and 8pm on a day of their choosing.

Each trig was given a value, ranging from 10 to 100, as follows: Gauldrons, 10; Point Sands, 20; Killdonald, 30; Ballywillan Hill, 40; Tangy, 40; Muasdale, 50; Knockscalbert, 60; Deer Hill, 60; Davaar Island, 60; Rannoch Hill, 70; Tirfergus Hill, 80; Cnoc Moy, 90; Bengullion, 100.

The teams were awarded points depending on how many of the monuments they managed to visit within the time.

The participants didn’t know at the time how many each trig was worth but they knew the harder it was to reach, the more points it would be worth.

The challenge was no mean feat – as well as being spread throughout Kintyre, some of the trig points were very difficult to access, with bracken up to head-height on Bengullion and tides to consider for those visiting Davaar.

And one at Glenbarr had to be removed from the list as it was in a field with a bull.

Most teams managed to visit an incredible 10 trig points, but Jacqueline and Mark emerged as the clear winners after making it to all 13.

Most of the hardy people who rose to the trig challenge. Back row, from left: Kelly McSporran, Michelle Morkel, Jacqueline McCallum. Front: Kerry Hastie, Elaine Ross, Karen Cairns and Derek Brown. Mark Wasson, Stephanie Brodie and Gemma Downie are missing from the photograph.
Most of the hardy people who rose to the trig challenge. Back row, from left: Kelly McSporran, Michelle Morkel and Jacqueline McCallum. Front: Kerry Hastie, Elaine Ross, Karen Cairns and Derek Brown. Mark Wasson, Stephanie Brodie and Gemma Downie are missing from the photograph.

‘It was some challenge and to get 13 was amazing,’ said Helen Gilchrist of The Jolly Monday Show. ‘It was a real commitment and a tough challenge and, although we did get a winning team, I think everyone who did this was a winner.

‘A massive well done to everyone and big thank you to everyone who gave a sponsor; more than £2,000 was raised.’

Most of the money raised will go towards a fun day to take place at Machrihanish Airbase Community Company Business Park on July 16 2022.

The event was supposed to take place in the summer, to reward the area’s children for coping so well during the pandemic but, with the pandemic ongoing, it had to be postponed by a year.

It is hoped that some money can also be used to help fund a pump track for the children.