Following on from the hugely successful Celtman! 2012 – British Triathlon’s 2012 event of the year- the second edition of this extreme event took place on 6th July in the stunning Torridon mountains, Wester Ross.
The event attracted competitors from all over the world including; Scotland, Northern Ireland, wales, England, Ireland, Norway, South Africa, Australia and some very enthusiastic competitors from Greece!
The gruelling course comprises a 3.8km swim in Loch Shieldaig, a 202km bike ride, which includes 200m of climbing, and finishes with a 42km mountainous run over two Munros! In an innovative twist, the Celtman! this year issued each athlete with a GPS tracker device, allowing coaches, supporters and fans wherever they were in the world to follow athletes’ progress online.
In an additional twist, whilst most of Scotland was basking in sunshine – of which we haven’t experienced for years – the Celtman! participants were facing low cloud, rain and wind! As a result of these harsh weather conditions, and on the advice of Mountain Rescue, the mountain route had to be closed meaning some of the athletes completed the run section on the lower course – but with equally harsh conditions it was far from an easy alternative!
To quote from the Celtman! Facebook page, the weather on the day looked like this:
• Visibility – 5-10 metres
• Wind 65-80 kph
• Temperature – Low!
• Rain – Relentless!
Battling through the unpredictable weather conditions and exhausting course, the men’s race was won by Scotland’s Graeme Stewart and the women’s by Germany’s Kathrin Müller.
CELTMAN is notorious for inspiring competitors and supporters to make video shorts of this iconic race, as well as the event organiser. To give you a flavour, below is a teaser for Durty Event's production by Cloudberry Design.