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18th Applecross Duathlon

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Saturday 16th September 2023

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Saturday 3rd June 2023 at 09:00
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210 Participants
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Adults   £20.00
Junior (U16) £6.00
Event Organiser - Sarah McCowan

The 18th APPLECROSS DUATHLON will be held on Sat 16th Sept.

RACE 1pm – CHALLENGE 12 noon

9 miles on foot / 15 miles on (road) bike / 3,000 feet ascent & descent

Although a testing race course even for the strongest competitors, by entering the “CHALLENGE”, it can be done as a fun run or walk by any reasonably fit person and previous entrants have ranged in age from 10 to over 80.   The RACE, starts at 1.00 and the CHALLENGE at 12.00. The CHALLENGE is the better option for anybody who is not confident of completing the course in under 3 hours 30 minutes and certainly for those who plan to walk some or all of the route. If you decide you’ve chosen the wrong option, don’t worry, you simply need to tell the folk at Registration, on the day, that you’d like to change from the RACE to the CHALLENGE, or vice versa.


This is a small friendly event run over arguably the most spectacular route of any Duathlon in Scotland. In the words of one former winner, “I can honestly say it is one of the most enjoyable events in the country….. it is a winning formula in one of the best parts of Scotland (if not the world!).

The Start is next to Hartfield House, which is less than a mile from the road round Applecross Bay. From there you follow the ancient right of way rough path through wild and dramatic terrain across the Applecross peninsula to the north coast, near Kenmore, on Loch Torridon. The highest point on the path is at 260m. From Transition, at Arrina, you cycle 15 miles, round the coast road, to the Finish back at Hartfield House. The cycling route gives stunning views of Loch Torridon and across the Inner Sound to the Skye Cuillin.

Tea (lots of home baking) and prize giving (lots of trophies), after the event, are in Hartfield House which is also used for Registration. For those able to extend their visit, a great day can be completed by joining fellow competitors for dinner in the Walled Garden restaurant and for those with energy to spare, there is a Ceilidh in the Community Hall.

The Mens’ record of 1.40.51 is held by Cameron Young and the Ladies’ record of 1.52.52 by Stephanie Provan. Although a testing race course even for the strongest competitors it can be done as a challenge by any reasonably fit person and previous entrants have ranged in age from 10 to 81.

The Entry Fee is £20 (£6 for under 16's). All profit from the event goes local community services such as the Community Hall and the Applecross Healthcare Association.


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