Glen Affric Duathlon News

Entries now open for 2017!

You can now enter the next Glen Affric Duathlon that takes place on Saturday 6th May 2017.  We have set-up an online entry system courtesy of Entry Central.  For each sign-up, we will pay the Service Fee so entrants pay no surcharge for entering online.

Of course you can still download an entry form and post it to us if you prefer but we do realise that cheque books are no longer as common as they once were.  Please see our Enter Race Page for full details on how to enter.

The course for 2017 remains the same as previous years so no hidden surprises.  We have opened up the Relay event to teams of 2 or 3 this time.  Three members will do one stage each where in a two member team one will be the runner (2 stages) and the other the cyclist.  There is a flat £50 entry fee for the Relay teams with no discount.

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Thank You All!

The 8th Glen Affric Duathlon over for another year. Provisional date for next year 6th May. Jim and I are not very good at coming out of our shells to advertise it, but if you have an inclination that you are pretty fit, then try this to see how fit you REALLY are!

So well done to all competitors. If you had thought you had never really fully earned a plastic medal and a banana before, then you definitely did on Saturday. This is a community event I started years ago, no money in it for anyone as it is so remote and costly, so all completely voluntary. I absolutely have to thank the following:-
Run-4-it Inverness for prize money vouchers – a great place for all running gear
William Grey Builders for sponsorship
Highland Renewables for sponsorship
Fionnar Springs for mineral water

And absolutely the marshals and helpers who gave up a lot of time to make it happen and are what make a community like ours tick. They all knew exactly what they had to do on the day, where to be and when, and just DID it:-

My main man and co-organiser Jim McAuley
Liz McAuley – Jims wife and also co-organiser
Sue Calcutt
Harry Martin
Kay Graham
Calum Graham
Donald Fraser Snr
Andrew Fraser
Jess Butler
Cam Butler
Gwennan Butler
Lawrence Jones
Mattie Jones
Penri Jones
Jim Price
Sandra Reid
Ian Campbell
Kate Morgan
Rhu Strachan
Joni Strachan
Freya Strachan
Stuart Templeton
Chris Brown
Big John Dyce
Ewan Fraser
John Strachan
Ali Mann
Ian MacKay
Debbie McWhirr
Aussie Sharon
Ray Wallace
Pierre Lebrun
Glyn Jones
Vivian Jones
George Anthony
Justin Hill and landrover
Charlie Hall
Morgan Redpath
Richard Ferguson
Ross Knowles
Steve Scanlain and comms
Howard and the 4 guys from Kintail Mountain rescue
Ian Rideout with the 5 first aiders from Outfit Moray
Paul McGreal from Durty events for the timing system
Jane and Sheila from Moveable feast

Quite a list. Thankyou!

Matt Jones
Cannich 09/05/2016

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Duathlon – Road Closure

On the day of the event, Saturday 7th May, the Glen Affric road between Chisholm Bridge and River Affric Car Park will be closed to all traffic not directly involved in the duathlon from 9am until 3pm.  Only competitors, support personnel and emergency services will have access beyond this point.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but it is essential for safety reasons.

With limited parking at the River Affric car park it is hoped that those taking part can car share wherever possible but above all please comply with requests from marshals.  In that way we can manage the situation and ensure the race route is left clear.

Please note that for the duration of the road closure parking charges at River Affric DO NOT APPLY – these have been included in your entry fee.  Charges at Dog Falls car park will still be in force (if the machines are working!).

Detailed information will be sent out by email to all competitors 10-14 days prior to the event.

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Hydro Scheme Construction

Green Highland Renewables Ltd will be starting construction on two micro hydro electric schemes in Glen Affric at the end of February. The work involved, despite its close proximity to some parts of the course, will not affect the duathlon. The work will continue into 2017.

All work will be done on weekdays thus ensuring no construction activities or traffic on race day. This post should be regarded purely for information purposes only. Travelling to and from the event and parking arrangements will not be affected in any way.

The first scheme at Gleann nam Fiadh is partly on the route of the 7.5 mile first stage hill run but we do not anticipate any modifications to the course. The second scheme at Allt Garbh on the south side of Loch Affric will utilise part of the bike stage for vehicle access but again will only be used on weekdays. We have met with GH and have received assurances that the principle contractors will ensure the route is kept up to a suitable standard.  We will be in regular contact with GH and post any updates as is necessary.

The map below shows the cycle route and construction vehicle access route.

Cycle Route - Green: Access Route - Red: CLICK ON MAP FOR LARGER IMAGE

Cycle Route – Green: Access Route – Red:

Any queries please get in touch at

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Very pleased that we have received sponsorship from William Gray Construction Ltd and Green Highland Renewables Ltd.  With a restricted number of entrants we cannot hope to meet the costs involved of staging this type of event in a remote location through reasonable entry fees alone.  We therefore really appreciate the financial help that these organisations give us.

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