Craggy Island Triathlon

by Joanne Forbes
(Edinburgh, Scotland)

Location & Country:
Oban, Scotland

Sunday 4th September

About The Race:
This triathlon is entirely off road, and is unique in that the swim is from the mainland to an island, where the rest of the race takes place.

The Race Course:

550m open water swim from Gallanach on the mainland to the Isle of Kerrera. Deep water start.

15km (ish) Off-Road Mountain Bike – one lap. This is on a combination of landrover and quad tracks and paths, and is a bit hilly (ahem!). There’s nothing wildly extreme, however, this is proper mountain biking in places, not just riding round a lovely grassy field. If you feel the need to walk a bit, no problem, we’d prefer you stay in one piece!

See most of the island on your travels, and what must surely be the most scenic triathlon bike course in the world. Amazing.

4km (ish) Off-Road Run. It’s proper off road. In fact, it’s more like a hill-race than the ‘cross country’ you might remember from school. The route takes you across rough trackless boggy and wild hillsides, but you’ll be rewarded with the most incredible views of the island, the Forth of Lorne, and the Isle of Mull.

Along the way you’ll visit the highest point on Kerrera – 189m above sea level, before you charge headlong back down to finish at the gates of the ruined Gylen Castle at the Southern end of the island.

On a grassy field on the Island.

Overall Organisation And Atmosphere Of Race:
Fantastic, unusual triathlon, well organised for being the first one and everyone seemed to really enjoy it.

Top Tips For Other Triathletes:

Overall Would I Recommend This Race?

Would definitely recommend this race, especially is the weather is fantastic as the views are amazing.

My Race Story:

I did really well and was pleased to have got round the course in one piece and actually really enjoyed it. The swim was lovely as the water was clean and clear.

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