Swede sets new course best at Torridon Celtman triathlon

The third annual Celtman triathlon was held in Wester Ross last weekend with the winner, Johan Hasselmark of Sweden, setting a new course record.

Hasselmark crossed the finish line in Torridon in a time of 11 hours and 41minutes to knock 28 minutes off the previous record for the 150-mile course. The first woman to come in was Fort William’s Marie Meldrum in 14 hours and 22 minutes.

Over 150 athletes from across the world took part in the triathlon, which comprises a three-kilometre swim in Loch Shieldaig, a 202km bike course and a 42km run including the Munros Spidean Coire nan Clach and Ruadh-stac Mòr. The event has two courses featuring a high and low level run, with participation in each depending on meeting a time cut-off on the bike section.

Among those to take the lower level run was local man Ryan MacLean (pictured above, having just crossed the finishing line), who was taking part in the Celtman for the third year running. He knocked one hour and 40 minutes off his previous best in the event, a success that was especially sweet for Ryan as he had been forced to pull out midway through last year’s event.

He said: “I put in so much this year because of last year – more than in 2012 – and I will possibly enter next year. I missed the cut-off by about an hour. I had gotten cramps halfway through the bike section, but actually enjoyed running the 26 miles, believe it or not! The last section, looking out to Loch Torridon with the sun going down, was lovely.”

Paul McGreal of organisers Durty Events, said: “The event went really well from our perspective – lots of happy people all weekend enjoying this fabulous location. The vast majority are from outwith the immediate area, and in fact around 50 per cent were from outside of the UK, so there are good, positive economic impacts as well.”