The Celtman! Extreme Scottish Triathlon won Best Event of 2012 at the Annual British Triathlon (Federation) Awards on Saturday (17 November). The awards were held at the National Motorcycle Museum in the West Midlands.
The inaugural Celtman! was staged on 22 June 2012 and centred around Shieldaig in the Torridon mountains in Wester Ross in the Highlands. The race consists of a 3.8km sea loch swim in Loch Shieldaig, an arduous 202km bike ride on incredible Highland roads with 2000 metres of climb and a 42km run, mostly off-road and over two munros.
125 athletes took part in the race which is said to be one of the toughest off road triathlons in Europe, with 40% of competitors travelling to Scotland from outside the UK. Alex Glasgow (Nevis Cycles RT/TORQ Fitness) was first past the finish line in an impressive 12:09:48 and Susanne Buckenlei (FS TSG 08 Roth Triathlon) from Germany was first female finisher (13:55:33).
Paul McGreal from Durty Events and race organisers Celtman Ltd, said: "We're really excited and proud to win the British Triathlon Event of the Year for Celtman! The race has already become an international iconic 'must do' race. This is great news for Scotland's reputation as a superb venue for active and adventurous events, including triathlons.
"The success of Celtman! is largely down to the amazing setting in Wester Ross and the incredible communities of Shieldaig, Torridon and the wider area. We owe them and our many volunteers and helpers a huge thank you for warmly embracing Celtman!"
The second edition of the Celtman! Extreme Scottish Triathlon will take place on 6 July 2013. The ballot for the race has already closed. For more information visit the event website or go to the Durty Events website.