Local MSP Mairi Gougeon and North East Region MSP Liam Kerr will go head-to-head this month for charity.
From differing sides of the debating chamber, the Scottish Nationalist and the Scottish Conservative will do battle at the Forfar Triathlon on the 22nd of July, covering a total distance of over 26 km in three events.
With a 750m swim, a 21.1km bike ride and 5km run the challenge is not for the faint-hearted, with both politicians expressing some trepidation before the event.
Both Mr Kerr and Mrs Gougeon will be fundraising for Pillar Kincardine, a small voluntary organisation based in Stonehaven that supports people in and around Kincardine and the Mearns who are coping with serious emotional, social or mental health difficulties.
Mr Kerr spoke to us in the run-up to the event: “Pillar Kincardine does excellent work throughout the region supporting people who have mental health challenges.
“I have been consistently impressed by not only the work they do, but also the outcomes they deliver, and I wanted to show my support.
“The Forfar Triathlon will be my first and I admit to some trepidation. But Pillar members, staff and volunteers face many greater challenges every day and that will drive me on.
“And of course the chance to beat my friend and rival Mairi Gougeon is not to be missed!”.
You can watch the announcement video below and can donate to the fundraiser by clicking here.
Mrs Gougeon has been approached for comment.
🎥 I love a challenge and this is a big one. Next month I’m competing directly against @liamkerrMSP in the @tri_angus Forfar Triathlon to raise funds for @pillarkm & Forfar’s Pitstop. Share widely and donate @ https://t.co/ffFlkUd0pl 🏊♀️ 🚴♀️ 🏃♀️🏅 pic.twitter.com/BKaeYdZqxd
— Mairi Gougeon (@MairiGougeon) June 18, 2018