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The Barrathon is a very special event. It takes place every year on the first weekend of July, usually one week before the Harris Half for those of you that might be interested in a cycling between them. It’s one of those wonderful community organised events and it feels like the whole of Barra gets involved!
The event takes you on 26.2 mile route through some of the most dramatic landscapes that Scotland has to offer and finishes up at the foot of Ben Nevis.
The team did excellently finishing in under 11 hours on a very hot day in the mountains. If you'd like to donate there's still time on Kate's fundraising page.
Three of our local athletes in action at Huntly Sprint and Novice races this year.
Malcolm and Julie Cleghorn were both in action in the novice race with both taking 2nd place in their respective male and female super vet categories. Stirling effort again from the Cleghorn duo!
Dave Reid was also in fine form in the sprint race taking an excellent 7th overall and 1st in the super vet category. Another excellent result setting Dave up for a fine overall result in the overall Aberdeenshire series races.
Race results can be found here. Well done all!
Three local athletes in action at the Scottish Sprint Triathlon Champs in Monikie. Graham Whyte, Luke Williams & Dave Roberts.
Both Graham and Luke took their respective age group titles, with Graham finishing in 1.13.54 & Luke in a swift 1.04.51 to take 4th overall. A lot of hard work paying off for these two local athletes.
Not phased by all the carbon on show at the Scottish Championships Dave was competing in his 1st open water Triathlon and finished in 1.19.16 which put him 72nd overall & 12th vet. He summed it up as a great learning experience, so hopefully the first of many more!
Well done all excellent efforts all around. Check out the full results here.
This ultra marathon takes in the Great glen Way route from Fort William to Inverness. Our hardcore distance running crew Martin 'Flash' Gordon and Adam McBean were competing in this 70 mile beast of a race.
Martin finished in 12:40:44 (8th overall, 3rd MV40) and Adam finished in 13:48:06 (14th overall and 4th senior male). Awesome efforts, well done!
Check out the results here
Laura, Nigel, Andrew and Stephanie went over to take part in the Glen Moray Sportive on another blue sky day... we've certainly been spoilt this summer it seems!
The route is approximately 120km winding its way from Elgin through the Cairngorms to Grantown then back towards Forres before completing the loop by heading back towards Elgin again.
Laura was the 2nd female overall in the event.
Well done everyone!
Kate and James headed down to Isoman once again this year. Isoman prides itself on being a fairer triathlon in terms of equalising out the three disciplines. Their website has the following statement:
'To excel at Iron distance triathlon you must be an excellent cyclist/runner. To excel in Isoman you must be an excellent triathlete.'
Kate had entered the quarter distance event (2.8k swim, 24.6k bike, 10.5k run) but evidently wanted to do a bit more cycling as she did an extra lap of the bike course and therefore cycled twice the intended distance.
Here's what Kate had to say about her day:
So I did Isoman Quater distance Triathlon and everything went a bit wrong; cramp in second lap of swim, did an extra 22km on the bike due to getting very lost and nearly twisted my ankle in transition and finish running 10.5km in 32 degree heat feeling queasy, and still finish the race! Finished last in my race but still finished! Sometimes things don’t go to plan!
James took part in the half Isoman (5.6km swim, 49.2km bike, 21.1km run) and came a very respectable 5th.
Well done Fletch and Mrs Fletch it sounds like you both did a great job in tough conditions.
I'd heard that the Highland Cross is quite hard to get into but it seems like everyone from the club was doing it this year. I'll have to learn the secret handshake so I can secure an entry in a future event!
The event runs from Kintail on the West Coast through Glen Affric and Strathglass and finally finishing 50 miles later on the East Coast in Beauly. The first 20 miles is quite a challenging off road run with the final 30 miles on the bike (on road). The event raises huge amounts of money for local charities which is great!
Well done too all club members who took part including Martin, Darren, Mark, Neil, Matt, Angus and George. Well done to Martin, a.k.a. Flash Gordon, who managed to get in under 4 hours. As for George, I can never keep track of how many events he's done - he's like a swim, bike, run ninja! You'll never know he's doing an event but if you look on pretty much any event results or photos, George's name or cheery face will appear!
Highlife Highland are once again hosting a series of triathlons across their centres which is great news for anyone who has kids who are keen to give triathlon a go.
The 'Mini' event is open to anyone from 3 years old to P2. It's not timed and parent/guardian escorts and swim aids are encouraged.
If you're slightly older you can attend the 'Junior' event which is open to anyone from P3 o S1 and is chip timed.
Well done to Louis, Caitlyn, Eleanor, Anna and Katie who all took part from our Junior section and our Minis who aren't quite old enough to join the club yet but had a blast at the Mini Triathlon - see picture above of Iona and Caladh who were quite rightly very proud of their achievements.
Thanks to members and coaches from Tri Inverness for supporting with the marshalling on the day.
The next event is in Invergordon on 28th July if you're young ones fancy giving it a go.