The 9th Celtman (The Scottish Extreme Triathlon) is this weekend I hope all involved have fun!

Since the start of the Celtman I was involved in the safety cover with Torridon MRT and helped with others and added a few points over the years. It was amazing when it started and that was an eye opening day for many.

I remember coming off the hill after midnight it was a long day escorting some very tired athletes of the hill. Lots of lessons were learned. Many things stick in my mind of these early days: the wonderful people involved. All those connected with the race the organisation and the volunteers. Those in the race always thank you on the hill from the elite runners to those doing their first race. The banter and friendship is overwhelming. Enjoy the event on Saturday, stay safe and I hope the weather is fair. Torridon MRT have always been the main safety cover on the hill and they have a unique relationship with the event organisers.

The ninth edition of the CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlon, part of the XTRI World Tour, will take place on June 12th 2021 in Wester Ross, Scotland.
Centred around the stunning Torridon mountains we will take you on an adventure unlike any other.
Make no mistake – when they say this race is extreme they mean it.

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 200K on incredible Highland roads

The stunning CELTMAN! 200K 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.

Tired Marshall’s after a long day.

My days of helping with the safety cover are over. Yesterday I drove over to help my friend Kalie who has a competitor staying with here.

On the way I met two young lads Ex RAF MRT who are doing the race we had a great catch up.

All the best boys

The area is full of competitors and supporters. It was a slow drive round. The weather looks fair and hopefully it will all go well.

This morning poor Kalie was up to do breakfast for her athletes at 0200 and by 0230 they were gone. There day is going to be busy. There is a little cloud on the hill but no dreaded midges and it’s not to warm. They will be on the swim now, then the huge 200 k bike ride and the 45 k run over the hills. There hardy.

Weather forecast

I hope everyone is fine and has a safe race. Just to finish is some achievement. Good luck to all and two other friends Scotty Shareman and Al Swadel.

To all the Organisers, Locals, Marshall’s and Torridon MRT thanks for all your efforts. I hope the 9 th Celtman Extreme Triathlon goes well.

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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