Off to help with Celtman at Torridon.

I am off to help Torridon MRT with the Celtman Triathlon a huge event , I will be up at just after 0200 to help with the safety boat and then back after the swim for breakfast a wee sleep and then on the hill from 1230 to help with the checkpoints, a long day ahead. I hope it all goes well and safely.


The fifth edition of the CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlon will take place on June 25th 2016 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.

In cold, deep and  jellyfish infested Atlantic waters
Swim 3.8 K in Loch Shieldaig


In 2012, 2013 and 2014 the water in Loch Shieldaig was 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 3K. Even with this shortened distance the athletes suffered badly from the cold.

In 2013 the wind 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.

BIKE 202K on incredible scenic (and often very windy) Highland roads
Ride 202K on incredible – Highland Roads

The stunning CELTMAN! 202K bike route takes you along some historic single lane roads and wide open, virtually traffic free highland A roads.

Although we do not have any mountain passes to boast of the route includes 2000M of climbing and, being coastal is affected greatly by our varied weather.

RUN 42K through an ancient drover’s pass and over the Beinn Eighe mountain range
ASCEND over 4000 Metres during this epic day –

Run 42K over 2 Munros – The CELTMAN! run is unsurpassed for it’s challenging nature and beauty.

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.
You will go all the way to this summit along an exposed ridge – if the weather gods are on your side you will be able to see for miles and mile

PUSH YOURSELF 100% and win the coveted Blue T-shirt
Photos Celtman Website.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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