This weekend I will manage out after a long time out with my rib injury to help Torridon Mountain Rescue Team with the Safety Cover for the Celtman. The team along with others cover the Safety for the Mountain/ running aspect of the World famous Celtman Extreme Scottish Triathlon.
Since it began 7 years ago I have assisted in several Celtman Triathlons it is a long day for all the competitors are on the go for over 12 hours plus many hours more even those who help Marshall do a full day. I will hopefully be able to assist the Torridon Team and wander up the hill for about an hour to help marshal but the ribs are still sore so I will have to take it very easy. I need to get out and if I take it easy it will be great to get out into the mountains again. My position is where the Coire Dubh path turns into the Coire for Beinn Eighe. It is a long day but the effort by all who take part is incredible.
The great thing is the camaraderie you get on the Celtman and every competitor thanks you as they pass! It’s a crazy event the open water swim 3. 4 k – 202 k cycle and the 42 k run over Beinn Eighe! The competitors are on the go for hours ! It is a hard extreme race and the safety margins are tight but the efforts put on to ensure everything is as safe as possible is immense. The local area enjoys the event and it has a huge following and effect on the local economy. The local Torridon team do a great job maintaining cover on Beinn Eighe never easy as this is a massive mountain and a long way from the road in bad weather.
My good pal Ryan Mac Lean one of the Torridon MRT Team is taking part and I wish him well. He has been with this race from the start it will be great to see him again and he will get great local support, run Ryan Run!
It ends up with a party in the Torridon village hall at the end how can anyone party after a huge day like that ? Oh to be young again. What a superb event and great to see the effort by all involved. I leave Saturday morning for Torridon so just hope the painkillers work and the day is uneventful! By the time I get there the race will already be on and the competitors will have swum 3. 5 miles in Loch Torridon and cycle over 200 ks then they have the 40 mile run over the hills.
This is from the Celtman website
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
Fastest overall time and course record holder (men) – Johan Hasselmark 11:41:30 
astest overall time and course record holder (Women) – Susanne Buckenlei 13:55:33 
A safe and uneventful day for all?