Don’t be lulled by pic­ture-post­card images of thatched cot­tages and Ye Olde Eng­land clotted cream teas

Triathlon Plus - - Uptospeed -

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 moor­

All fin­ish­ers re­ceive a medal, T-shirt and goody bag. For more in­for­ma­tion, en­try and train­ing plans, see the Braveheart web­site, brave­heart­

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