|After near perfect conditions last year, the 240 competitors in last Saturday’s “CAT” Cairngorm Adventure Triathlon had their skills and nerves fully tested as strong gusts of wind and squally conditions proved particularly challenging for the canoe section. Ten competitors had an expected “swim” but aided by the team at Loch Morlich Watersports most were able to get back in their canoes and complete the canoe, bike and run challenge.
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 we supported a record 8 young people in a wide variety of sports from biking, football, snowboarding and biathlon.
Tim Pott, Chairperson of the CAT Organising Committee, commented:
“With the more challenging conditions this was not a year for breaking records, however locals dominated the male team category with Mike Dixon and Robert Sircus, the fastest male team in 3.43.16 closely followed by the Deadly Dugans – Sean Dugan and Jonny Hawkins. Kim Stewart and Sarah Riley secured the female team win in an impressive 4.15.40 with Graeme and Jackie Douglas from Kincraig the first mixed team in 4.18.39. It was encouraging too to see young people in the strath taking part with Kirsty Adam and Scott Aisthorpe from Kingussie High School winning the junior category. The event is not all about the winners though it was most encouraging to see people of all ages and abilities completing their personal and team challenge whilst raising funds for a variety of worthwhile causes. 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 2016 to take place at an as yet unconfirmed date in September with entries opening in May.