GBG PLC Corporate Challenge Event July 2017 Source To Sea / Canyoning & Source To SEA / Adventure triathlon / The Kelpie Challenge

Introduction and Requirement

Every year GBG PLC holds a Company Challenge Day. This is normally done over one Friday in July. This is very much a physical challenge that covers all abilities. Over the years GBG PLC have completed 26-30 mile walks, 60 mile cycle rides, kayaking events and have climbed mountains like Snowdon and the 3 peaks. . GBG PLC normally uses an external events company to help organise, run and facilitate the event.

This year, 2017 GBG PLC has a desire to come up with something new but still equally as challenging as the previous years. GBG have offices that are spread out from London to Edinburgh with 380 staff and the Challenge is open to all employees of GBG PLC.

In previous years the commitment rate has been around 70 people with the age range being between 18 and 60 year old. The event is used to raise funds for several local charities near GBG PLC offices.

For the 2017 Challenge GBG PLC desires to come up with something new but still equally challenging as previous years. This event can be staged anywhere in the UK. GBG have offices that are spread out from London to Edinburgh with 380 staff and the challenge is open to all employees of GBG PLC. In previous years the commitment rate has been around 70 people with an age range between 18 and 60 year old. The event is used to raise funds for several local charities near GBG PLC offices.

The logistics of the event need to allow for Thursday night arrivals with accommodation options. Suggested Friday night options for those who want to stay over after the event. A full days challenge event on the Friday that can be scaled to allow people of different abilities to do different challenges within the full challenge. Previous events have finished as late as 21:00hrs on the Friday.

Four different challenges have been designed for GBG PLC consideration.

River Tay Perthshire Scotland

About Us

Splash White Water Rafting and 1000 Mile Journeys are part of a small group of adventure and event companies run in Scotland by Peter Syme. As an ex-Army Officer Peter's taste for adventure has seen have seen him travel and operate in over one hundred countries around the World. Peter fully understands the needs of todays Corporate Companies having been responsible for profit and loss across several countries for a large UK PLC .

Splash Rafting and associated companies have looked after in excess of one hundred thousand clients over the years in Scotland and around the World. We have ran events for hundreds of corporate, charity and TV production clients mainly in Scotland but also overseas. Events have ranged from small to five hundred and have been from one day to several months in duration. As well as many corporate and charity events being run in Scotland during 2017 we are also working on events for clients in such challenging places as Lebanon and Afghanistan and Borneo.

We provide complete event management solutions or can provide expertise to compliment other event organisers or companies who want to run their own events. We have over 500 online reviews on various review platforms including Google, Facebook and TripAdvisor has graded us excellent five years running.

The Challenges

Option 1 "Source To Sea Challenge"

The River Tay at 117 miles is the longest river in Scotland and the seventh-longest in the United Kingdom. The River Tay originates in western Scotland on the slopes of Ben Lui, then flows easterly across the Highlands, through Loch Dochart, Loch Iubhair and Loch Tay, then continues east through Strathtay in the centre of Scotland, then southeasterly through Perth, where it becomes tidal, to its mouth at the Firth of Tay, south of Dundee. It is the largest river in the UK by measured discharge.

The GBG PLC Source To Sea Challenge. This unique challenge will tackle 50 miles of the river from Kenmore on the banks of Loch Tay Perthshire to the City of Perth on rafts with teams of 8 people. For those that do not want to attempt the whole 50 miles there is an option to finish at the 25 mile point at Dunkeld. Anticipated times for the event are 4 hours plus for the 25 mile stage and 8 hours plus for the 50 mile event. Each team will be provided with wetsuits, helmets , paddles , buoyancy aids and a raft. Lunch will be provided at the 25 mile point of the journey at Dunkeld. A full logistical brief on how this event will be managed and run will be provided if this event is selected. This event can be run for 40-200 people.

Grandtully Rapids River Tay Perthshire

Option 2 "Canyoning & Source To Sea Challenge"

This event will begin in a Canyon 5 miles outside the town of Aberfeldy. It is a mirror image of the source to sea challenge with the added adventure and challenge with each team having to complete a canyoning descent before getting on the rafts at Aberfeldy to carry on with the Source To Sea Challenge. The Canyoning cannot be run a race for safety reasons but it will get the teams working together and bonded ready for the rafting phase.

Canyoning is a high adrenaline adventure activity that is gaining rapid popularity around the World. Please watch the video in order to have a better perspective of what is involved. This event can be run for 40-200 people.

Option 3 "Adventure Triathlon Challenge"

This challenge involves a 40 mile Mountain Bike navigation of Loch Tay. Followed by a Canyoning challenge followed by the first 25 mile section of the Source To Sea Rafting challenge finishing at Dunkeld. This can be split into different sections. For example teams could do just the Mountain Bike and Canyoning Challenge or just the Canyoning and Rafting challenge. Also the 40 mile ride can be reduced to 20 miles if required. The video below shows the south side of the Loch Tay circumnavigation. This event can be run for 40-200 people.

Option 4 "The Kelpie Challenge"

The Kelpies Falkirk Scotland

A 54 mile challenge along the Union Canal from Glasgow to Edinburgh. This challenge can be undertaken in teams or as individuals. Teams of 8 can do it in rafts. Teams of 2 in canoes. Individuals can do in kayaks or if brave enough Stand Up Paddle Boards. For those not wanting to get wet they can tackle the route on bikes or indeed attempt to walk it in 24hrs. This event can be run for 40-100 people.

What is included In Our 4 challenge event suggestions?

All technical equipment required, guides, lunch, and a detailed brief on the route for each of the teams or individuals taking part on waterproof paper. Photography of the event is also included as is a video of the event. We will also contribute 6 Gift Activity Gift Vouchers to each of the charities that funds are being raised for to be used in future charity auctions. Any event participant who wants to do more adventure activity on the Saturday or Sunday with us will get a 50% discount on our retail rates. All event participants also get a £100 Gift Voucher to be used for any of our Global Expeditions If required we can work up a social media plan to help promote the event and the charities that funds are being raised for and promote to our 100k plus followers across various social media channels


£100 per person taking part based on a minimum of 40 people taking part. Deposit to secure the event is £1000 and final payment is 10 days before the event starts. Final numbers taking part in the event will be required one month before the event start date.

Options at extra cost

Thursday and Friday night accommodation can be arranged including campsites, B&B , self catering lodges etc. A Thursday night welcome BBQ can be arranged. Accommodation can be arranged for those wanting to make a weekend of it. A selection of ten adventure activities will be available over the weekend following the event and all event participants get a 50% discount. A end of event party on the Friday night can also be arranged. Previous events have held parties in Castles, on mountain sides , loch side etc. Another option could be a piper to set the event off or at the event.

We notice GBG PLC have eleven other locations around the World. For 2017 or future years we would be inspired to help organise a international corporate challenge where each location takes part in an event on the same day. Our extensive range of contacts around the World would make this achievable.


Each of the four options offers something different and as well as being physically challenging they are also located in some of Scotland's most scenic landscapes. We have ignored the normal corporate challenge events of climbing mountains, long walks and bike rides in order to deliver on the brief of something different. If one of these events is selected as the GBG PLC event we will then map out the full logistical detail for that event. We strongly recommend a Thursday evening arrival for those taking part.

General Wades Bridge Aberfeldy Perthshire with Splash Rafting

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