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January 1, 2011

2019 APPLECROSS DUATHLON CANCELLATION

E mail to all entrants, Friday 13 September at 9 am
I’m afraid the forecast for tomorrow in Applecross has not improved. The strong winds and heavy rain would make cycling dangerous and, also, raise the possibility of hypothermia for slower runners and marshals. With much regret we’ve therefore decided to cancel this year’s duathlon. I’m very grateful to all of you for supporting the event and hope to see you next year.
We would need to retain some of the entry monies in order to cover costs but I will investigate with SiEntries whether it is possible for them to refund the balance of your entry fees. The difficulty is that the entry money, after their deduction (£1 per entry), has already been transferred to the Applecross Community Hall account. If such a mass refund is not possible, the money saved this year through the cancellation of the event will cetainly be very helpful in improving the equipment we have for future Applecross Duathlons.

THE EVENT

This is a small friendly event run over arguably the most spectacular route of any Duathlon in Scotland. Feedback from competitors includes,

“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!).”

“Thanks for organising such a good race on Saturday. The course was stunning and the hospitality shown by the locals and volunteers was incredible. I’ve done a lot of Duathlons over the past few years and this certainly rates among my favourites. I’m already looking forward to coming back next year”

“Thank you for another fantastic Duathlon! It remains the most inclusive, friendly event on the calendar and it was a joy to see so many youngsters getting the chance to take part”.

“I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for a fantastic time at the Applecross Duathlon.  You and your team do a fantastic job and put on a great event, it is my favourite event of the year.”

 

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The event involves 9 miles on foot and 15 miles on bike with 3,300 feet of ascent and 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.

Registration, Tea (lots of home baking) and prize giving, after the event, (previously in the Community Hall) are in Hartfield House which is next to the Start and close to the Finish. The Finish is on the road to the Walled Garden (previously between the foot of the Bealach na Ba and the Applecross Inn). For those able to extend their visit, a great day can be completed by joining fellow competitors for dinner in the Walled Garden restaurant.

The Entry Fee is just £6, surely the best value for any event of this type. All “profit” goes to Applecross Community Hall funds.

 

GARRY INNES

Garry Innes

The Mens Open winner receives the Garry Innes trophy. Sadly, Garry died in January 2012, aged just 46. It was a walk with Garry, from Kenmore to Hartfield, that triggered the idea of the event. On several occasions Garry helped at the start or prize giving and he generously donated the trophy that carries his name. Garry was an inspiration to all who encountered him, an inexhaustible fundraiser and an incredibly uncomplaining sufferer of severe physical disability due to Cerebral Palsy.

 

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