Celtman extreem triathlon

The Celtman event took place at the weekend. International athletes came to our corner of the world, to push themselves to the limit. The competitors started at 5am with a 3km swim across Loch Shieldaig, 202km road cycle via Braemore Junction and a marathon over Beinn Eighe.

The weather was kind, with the start of the day calm for the swim. It was a bit strange when just about the whole village turned out to cheer the competitors from the water, at the old pier, to transition onto their bikes. The noise of 120 swimmers was so different to our ‘normal’ coastal sounds, especially at 5.45am. A seal appeared to be very confused about all his new companions in the water, kept popping up just to the side of the oblivious swimmers! I think the water was a little cold, despite the sunshine we had been enjoying since May.
The winners ran into Torridon at around 13hours – absolutely phenomenal efforts. Some of the competitors got back to the hall sometime after 2am – an amazing 21hours after starting the event. Lots of tales of daring do. Well done to everyone who took part in the event.
For many people it was there 1st time visiting the area and talking to many of the support crews whilst waiting for the athletes to arrive into Torridon they were blown away by the remoteness & beauty of the area. There are many who will be returning & not just for the next grueling event!

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~ by Aurora Bed and Breakfast on June 26, 2012.

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