I am down South one to see Lexi and Ellie my grandkids and the other main reason was to watch the kids while Mum (Yvette ) runs the Reading Half Marathon. Heavy snow was forecast and it did come overnight there to be honest was a lot. The snow seems to follow me wherever I go.
To be fair the race was cancelled in the early hours of the morning. So we had a snow day and it was the correct decision in my mind. Yvette accepted it as the right decision.The safety of the competitors not just on the race but getting there on snow covered roads and the safety of the marshalls is paramount as well it in my mind it had to be cancelled. Most accepted it as “nature rules”but a few I am sure were not happy with the late call off . The windchill with the low temperatures and wind from the East would have taken its toll and would the icy/snowy conditions underfoot. You cannot please everyone-such is life. Someone has to make a decision and many traveled miles to race staying in Hotels etc it’s a big race.
I gave a talk in Edinburgh a few weeks ago to the Carnethy Hill Running Club in Edinburgh and they run in all weathers but have been building a good system to ensure safety is paramount at all times! It is so easy after you have trained hard for a race to let your heart rule your mind but safety must come first! We had a good discussion about safety and the mindset of athletes! We all learned a lot. Sadly I have been to a few accidents which were fatalities of runners in the mountains and have many years of experience even running some huge mountain days in my youth.
It reminded me of the Ben Nevis Race one of the premier hill running events when the weather in September in the 70,s was awful. We had early heavy snow and wild winds.
Nearly 20 runners were evacuated and we ran out of stretchers! We were so lucky despite the extreme conditions the helicopter got in below cloud and evacuated so many! It was a huge learning curb for me a young man at the time but many lessons were learned. Looking back I spoke to the Lochaber MRT Teamleader and the RAF Team Leader they were so worried as it was all happening. You are so vulnerable in running gear if anything goes wrong.
I also assisted with the Celtman a huge event now in Scotland.They have a huge safety policy and can adjust the route in extreme weather!
Below the Snowdon Bike across Crib Coch in Wales!
So if your feeling fed up at not competing think of the all the good the training had done you! Also these decisions are never easy for the powers that be to make and the race will take place again hopefully when the weather is better?
At least the kids got out sledging and the with the Red Kites overhead and snow it was stunning !
Any comments – some information on the Celtman Extreme Scottish Triathlon !
The seventh edition of the CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlon will take place on June 16th 2018 in Wester Ross, Scotland.
Centred around the stunning Torridon mountains we will take you on an adventure unlike any other.
Make no mistake – when we say this race is extreme we mean it. Read the race information carefully before entering as you may have to endure cold water, strong winds, driving rain and difficult conditions on the mountain with low visibility.
Please download the Race Manual for more details.
SWIM 3.4K in cold, deep and jellyfish infested Atlantic waters
BIKE 202K on incredible scenic (and often very windy) Highland roads
RUN 42K through an ancient drover’s pass and over the Beinn Eighe mountain range
ASCEND over 4000 Metres during this epic day
PUSH YOURSELF 100% and win the coveted Blue T-shirt
Swim 3.4 K in Loch Shieldaig
Since 2012 the water in Loch Shieldaig has been below the seasonal average. This appears to be an ongoing trend.
The extreme nature of the temperatures led us to shorten the swim course from 3.8K to 3.4K. Even with this shortened distance the athletes suffered badly from the cold.
In 2013 a severe storm added to the drama with strong Southerlys pushing the competitors off course.
We strongly advise cold water training for this race and to wear a heatseeker vest under your wetsuit.
Ride 202K on incredible Highland roads
The stunning CELTMAN! 202K bike route takes you along some historic single lane roads and wide open highland A roads.
Although we do not have any mountain passes to boast of the route includes 2000 metres of climbing and being coastal is affected greatly by our varied weather.
It is common to find a strong headwind on the last third of the course, just when you thought you could relax!
Run 42K over two Munros
The CELTMAN! run is unsurpassed for it’s challenging nature and beauty.
In Scotland any mountain over 3000 ft (914.4 metres) is classed as a Munro. You will attempt two of these during the race on the Beinn Eighe range.
Spidean Coire nan Clach (‘Peak of the Corrie of Stones’ in Scottish Gaelic), is the highest point on the main ridge itself. It stands at a height of 993m. You do not go to the absolute summit of this peak due to the technicality of the climb but you go as far as the trig point.
Ruadh-stac Mòr (‘Big Red Stack’ in Scottish Gaelic) is on one of the spurs off the main ridge of Beinn Eighe and stands at a height of 1,010m.
Weather permitting (it’s often cloudy) you will have the most incredible vistas.
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