THE UK’S HIGHEST RACE
Don’t be lulled by picture-postcard images of thatched cottages and Ye Olde England clotted cream teas
JUST TWO YEARS after its debut, the Braveheart has well and truly earned its place on the “UK’s toughest triathlons” scoreboard.
Hardly surprising when it involves a 1.2 mile loch swim, 56 miles along a challenging bike route and a half-marathon run incorporating the summit of the highest mountain in the British Isles.
As an indication of toughness, last year’s winner, Chris Stirling, advises racers to add a minimum of 90 minutes to their usual 70.3 mile distance race if conditions are good. Walking poles are also permitted!
Last year saw 162 competitors, and organisers, No Fuss Events, are confident of even more numbers this year.
The Braveheart starts in Fort William, the Outdoor Capital of the UK, with two swim laps of Loch Linnhe, against a dramatic backdrop of the Old Fort itself.
From T1, racers set out on a stunning but exposed 90km out and back eastbound past Loch Laggan and Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve.
Finally, Braveheart wannabes must overcome jelly legs to conquer the 13 mile trail run to the summit of Ben Nevis, a gruelling 1345 metres above sea level, and back.
Individual race entry starts at £120 (early bird price if booked before 31 March 2017), rising to £150 after that date. Relay prices are £140, rising to £170. Showers and changing facilities are available at the Lochaber Leisure Centre, with limited accommodation at The Moorings Hotel (visit moorings-fortwilliam.co.uk).
All finishers receive a medal, T-shirt and goody bag. For more information, entry and training plans, see the Braveheart website, bravehearttri.com.