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Richard, Sarah and Jill, along with fellow Inverness based triathlete Pete ventured over to the Isle of Arran to take part in the Arran Man middle distance triathlon (one of several swimming/running/duathlon/triathlon events that were taking place that weekend). The event has a 1900m swim (although it was actually just over 2km), the bike is pretty cool as it is one loop of the island which happens to be exactly 90km (the exact distance of a middle distance triathlon bike leg) and then there’s the half marathon to finish it off.
If you looked up perseverance in the dictionary then you might just find a picture of Jimmy Dryden. He was taking on this beast of a race for the fourth time, which says something in itself as most people wouldn’t even consider entering once and of those that do, once is usually enough. It’s pretty brutal!
This is another event that people seem to go back to year after year which is a sign of a good event. This year, Marin, George, Angus and Claire all took up the challenge of the 50 mile duathlon (20 miles on foot and 30 miles on bike). The route traverses the Scottish Highlands from the west coast in Kintail through Glen Affric and Strathglass to Beauly on the east coast.
Susan Richardson, Julie Robb and Jenny Clarke were up at the crack of dawn on the 11th to venture down to Loch Ore for the sprint triathlon. Julie said, ‘It was a good course, not too chilly a swim. They said about 15 degrees but not sure I believe that! There was a wee climb in the bike (673ft according to Strava) but finished with a downhill and the run was pretty flat. It was a good atmosphere (shame about the weather – it poured at the end) and they also had a kids tri on.’
Susan gave it the thumbs up and said that she, ‘would definitely like to do this one again.’