Scottish middle-distance triathlon, The Highland Warrior, is moving location for 2015. The event, on July 5, will stay in the Outdoor Capital of the UK but it will move from Fort William to the hills and trails of Glencoe, Ballachulish and Kinlochleven.
The 1.9km swim will be staged in beautiful Loch Leven, in the shadow of the Pap of Glencoe, followed by the 94.5km road cycle round Loch Leven and 21km run on a mixture of fire road and multi-surfaced bike path behind Ballachulish.
Frazer Coupland, of multi-sport event organisers No Fuss Events, explained why the venue has been changed.
He said: “One of the mains reasons for the change is down to the summer traffic in Fort William. The tide times for July [this dictates when participants can swim) meant that cyclists would be heading out into mid-morning town centre traffic, which is just too busy.
“With the move to the new location we will be bringing more stunning scenery, fantastic waters to swim in with great trails and quiet roads for running and cycling.”
Also taking place on the same day as the Highland Warrior is the Wee Battler, a shorter version of the warrior and perfect for aspiring multi-sport athletes. The Wee Battler takes place on the same course as the Highland Warrior, but with shorter distances: Swim – 950m, Road Cycle – 31.5km, Run – 10km.