Craggy Is­land Triathlon proves to be a big suc­cess

‘I think the at­trac­tion of the race is the lo­ca­tion’

The Oban Times - - Sport -

MORE than 550 peo­ple took part in the Craggy Is­land Triathalon at the week­end, rais­ing thou­sands of pounds for char­ity.

There were 275 en­tries on Satur­day and 280 on Sun­day, with par­tic­i­pants trav­el­ling from all over the coun­try.

The event is a fundraiser for the Oban Moun­tain Res­cue Team, and al­lows it to com­bine fundrais­ing and train­ing, by pro­vid­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion, first aid and emer­gency train­ing at the event.

This year’s event was won by Graeme Nea­gle of Fu­sion Triathlon Club, Glas­gow, with a time of 1hr 22min­utes on Satur­day.

An­drew Hood, from East Fife, who rep­re­sented Great Bri­tain at the Youth Olympic Games in 2010, was first in Sun­day’s event, with a time of 1hr 27min­utes.

Event or­gan­iser, Paul MacGreal, said: ‘ We were pleased at the turnout, yet again the event was sold out.

‘ We also had our kids’ race for the first time, which was great. There was a re­ally good stan­dard, from peo­ple who were com­pet­ing at a high level, to peo­ple there to en­joy them­selves. All in all, it was a very suc­cess­ful event.’

The route in­volved a 550m swim from Oban to Ker­rera, a 14km off-road cy­cle and an 8km run.

Paul added: ‘ With 550 en­trants, from sur­veys we’ve done, we think on av­er­age peo­ple bring 1.2 peo­ple with them, which means the event brought around 1200 peo­ple to Oban over the week­end.

‘I think the at­trac­tion of the race is the lo­ca­tion.

‘You have the ro­mance of the is­land - I think this is the only triathlon in Bri­tain where you swim to an is­land.

‘And it’s an amaz­ing place to race and the is­lan­ders are very sup­port­ive of the event - we had three is­land res­i­dents tak­ing part this year.’

Dun­can MacEachan, who is co- or­gan­iser, said: ‘I’d like to say a huge thank you to all our spon­sors for all their help. With­out their sup­port the event wouldn’t hap­pen.

‘A big thank you also to the com­mu­nity for putting up with the dis­rup­tion.

‘In to­tal, we have raised be­tween £4,000 and £ 5,000 for char­ity.’

Oban’s Pauline Rat­cliffe Cameron pow­ers to the end of the swimming stage of the Craggy Is­land triathlon held last week­end.

Inset: Craggy Is­land triathlon win­ner Graeme Nea­gle from Fu­sian triathlon club in Glas­gow

Kat Dowd with fam­ily and friends es­cort­ing her to the fin­ish line

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