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
Donald Fraser Snr
Big John Dyce
Justin Hill and landrover
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!
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.
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
Any queries please get in touch at email@example.com
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.
Entry forms are now available on the website for next year’s event. You can get the form here. We have sent out a mailshot to all those who pre-registered over the past few months and also those who took part in the 2015 event – apologies if you received more than one email but we have two separate lists on the go at the moment.
Not much in the way of changes for 2016, the course will be the same – let’s hope the weather is a bit kinder to us in the run up to the event and there’s not so much in the way of fallen trees etc. needing cleared just prior to the race. Hopefully the Dog Falls bridge will still be with us!
One minor change is that we are offering event T-shirts (s/m/l/xl )for only £10 this time – they do help with the running costs of the duathlon if you can see your way to ordering one (or for all the family) it would be much appreciated.