I’m now convinced that talking about the weather in advance is a bad omen! Met check said it would bright and sunny with occasional light cloud. Peter the photographer and many of you said “What have you done to the weather!” I heard it was a nice day in Stirling! There were a few glitches on the day – we were hoping Henry could put up a big inflatable Finish Gantry – just too risky with electrics and rain. We also had our first case of sabotage on the run route with signs being shifted – apologies to those of you who ended up running further than you needed to. The solution is more Marshalls and yet with an increasing number of events in the National Park it is getting much harder to find willing helpers on the day.
We are delighted that so many of you had a great day – no complaints about the bike route being too easy this year! Also encouraging to see those canoe times falling. With all the mud about and smiling mucky faces, it certainly had the feel of a real adventure race.
It is so encouraging for us to see so many people taking part in their fourth CAT – perhaps one of the appeals apart from the unique nature of the race is that every year guarantees a very different experience. First team home were CAT stalwarts Andrew Sidey and Iain Turnbull - Revenge of Puff and Pants in 3.56.27. Forres mums Siobhan Evans and Jackie Nichols were first female team home – they are both completely hooked with Siobhan taking part in her first triathlon in July. Great to see more locals taking part this year – Gill and Hamish Irvine of Tri Anything Once took the trophy for first mixed team in a speedy time of 4.09.08 – I think they might be back! However the family tables look set to turn in future, with son Calum Irvine and team mate Scott Grosdanoff aged just 16 coming in an incredible third overall and clearly posing a serious challenge to the more experienced generation. The prize for the fastest local team went to Team Cairngorm – Donald Hall and Alex Smith both more used to sliding down mountains but now bitten by the tri bug too.
We have had an excellent response to the CAT grant to support young athletes this year, with over 10 applications. We hope to announce the recipient soon.
Numerous people and organisations help to make the CAT a success It couldn’t happen without the enthusiastic support from Keith Taylor and team at Loch Morlich Watersports who provide the canoes, safety boat cover and excellent barbeque. With the rain disintegrating most of your numbers we are very thankful that we opted for chip timing – recording results at the finish would have been a considerable additional challenge! The CAT is also very grateful for help in kind, donations and loans of equipment from many local businesses and organisations, and to the fantastic team of volunteer marshals who stayed cheerful despite all that rain!