Near perfect conditions greeted the 210 participants as they gathered for the eighth Cairngorm Adventure Triathlon on Saturday. With bright warm sunshine and Loch Morlich as smooth as a mill pond teams of 2 were able to complete a full lap before heading on their bikes for 25km and finishing off with a 5km run.
The “CAT” continues to be a very popular event in the local sporting calendar with increasing numbers of locals joining people from across the country to take up the challenge. Proceeds go towards helping talented local young athletes achieve their ambitions and last year cyclists Megan Riach and Elena Melton were the beneficiaries.
Tim Pott, Chairperson of the CAT Organising Committee, commented:
“CAT 2014 saw more records being broken. Nethy Bridge based Ronan Dugan was overall winner in 1.44.37, and along with his brother Sean took prize for first male team. Siobhan Evans from Forres in fine form took another minute off her previous best, completing in 1.49.47 securing first mixed team placing with Campbell Scott. “Huffing and Puffing” duo from Tain, Cherie Pumphrey and Lyn Humphries successfully defended the female title. It was also an encouraging result for previous CAT grant recipient Scott Grosdanoff and partner Mark Council who were awarded first local team. Full results are available on this website.
The CAT 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. We are delighted to support local specialist activity first aid providers Avium who covered the event. Numerous local businesses and organizations help with equipment and prizes and the fantastic team of marshalls help to keep everyone motivated. We expect CAT 2015 to take place at an as yet unconfirmed date in September with entries opening in May."