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Biathlon organizers take out ?1 million `Nessie' insurance

AFP , LONDON

The organizers of a biathlon in Scotland have taken out a ¥1 million (US$1.97 million) insurance policy against attack by or sighting of the fabled Loch Ness monster.

Transport operator FirstGroup said in a statement that its policy with insurers Royal and Sun Alliance would pay out should "Nessie" emerge from the murky depths of the vast watercourse and/or attack one of the competitors.

Race director Malcolm Sutherland said they were planning for all eventualities.

Jon Woodman, trading director at R and SA said: "This is one of our more unusual requests but it certainly gave our team something to get their teeth into."

The event, on Sept. 2, requires individuals in each team of four to complete two legs of the eight-legged event around the shores of Loch Ness, in northern Scotland -- one 10km run and one 20km cycle.

Money raised will go to charity.

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