The STARMAN Night Triathlon in Scotland took place for the second time last weekend, with the race organisers hailing it a huge success and reporting a doubling of participant numbers. Set against the backdrop of the Cairngorms in the Scottish Highlands, the middle-distance tri with a difference invited competitors to kick off their adventure by slipping into the black waters of Loch Morlich for a 1.2 mile swim in the dark.
This was followed by a 56-mile cycle along the silent, Speyside roads before taking on the summits of Cairn Gorm and Meall a Bhuachaille as the dawn rose.
The race was managed by True Grit Events, a management company based in Aberfeldy in the Highlands which set up the STARMAN Night Triathlon last year to offer something different for triathletes and outdoor adventure addicts. A release from the company noted that ‘The inaugural event was such a huge success that over double the amount of first year competitors took part in this year’s event individually or as part of a relay team.’
People from as far afield as Caerphilly in Wales and Peterhead in Aberdeenshire braved the dark to take part with the overall winner being named as Chris Watson, 32, from Crieff, in 06:20:55, a new course solo record. The first female competitor to cross the line was Claire Campbell, 42 from Wormit in Fife in 07:50:57. Relay team winners – Andrew Jones, Mark Madigan and Ryan McLennan from the Moray Firth Triathlon Club crossed the line first in just 6:02:28, also a new course record for relay teams.
Caroline MacKechnie from True Grit Events, said “We are delighted that this year’s event was such a huge success. We had so many competitors who took part last year and came back again as well as over 50% of new participants. Everyone who took part gave 100% and really seemed to enjoy themselves too despite the huge challenge.
“We’d like to thank everyone who helped make it happen and most importantly everyone who participated in this crazy challenge. We look forward to welcoming everyone back for a third year!”
Set up by Andrew Hastings and Caroline MacKechnie, True Grit Events creates, builds and delivers endurance challenge events. The company’s mission is to run unique and challenging events in spectacular settings, ‘giving everyone the opportunity to go further, train harder and achieve more than they ever thought possible’. Andrew and Caroline have over 20 years of combined experience in the endurance event industry. They have worked on some of the UK´s biggest and best known charity fundraising events and will continue this work with True Grit Events.
In June 2018, they managed the Cateran Yomp for ABF The Solders’ Charity, an ultra-endurance challenge that saw almost 1000 people walking or running 54 miles of the Cateran Way. The event is expected to raise £350,000 for the Soldier’s Charity this year. True Grit Events will also deliver the inaugural Causeway Coast Challenge for Parkinson’s UK on 8th September in Northern Ireland.