So you're looking for something to train for and fancy an event that will tick a few of boxes? Well, Scotland is by far a great spot to escape the city, take in some fresh air, drink some excellent whisky and soak up some culture. It is also a great spot for the outdoor enthusiast. With 282 Munros, hundreds of Lochs, plenty of wind and mercurial weather systems there will never be a dull moment! Here are my top 5 events to take on for 2017. In no particular order...
1 mile swim. 15 mile run/ hike over 7 Munros. 8 mile Kayak. 36mile cycle. This one is a beast. A spectacular intimate event located at Loch Tay. You must complete the day in pairs or as a relay team. From 17 to 68 year olds its a day to test any age.
Choose either the 10km based around the finish area. The Mamores half marathon starting at Kinlochleven or the full starting from Red Squirrel Campsite. Running through one of the most jaw dropping parts of the highlands you will be led through some undulating meandering terrain and stunning scenery. If you're a runner this one is a must.
Starting at Glencoe and finishing up in Nairn this 105 mile epic involves, running/hiking, road cycling, mountain biking, and kayaking. You can do it in one day -12-14hrs is the average time or over two days to take in the Scenery.
If you are a keen biker then look no further. This is a great day out for any cyclist beginner or advanced. Mark Beaumont is a avid participant in this event and you can choose which distances you want to tackle when you sign up. With the roads closed for the event you will enjoy a freedom on the roads like no other.
Just as it sounds. From Scotland's capital to her highest peak this is not an event for the faint hearted. Your first phase is a half marathon running through the streets then over the forth road bridge. You then pick you bike up for a nice 180km cycle. To end it all its a nice wee 42.4km hike up to Ben Nevis!
Best of luck with all your adventures!