A Duathlon in the Heart of the Highlands
The Highlander, "Escape the Redcoats" is truly a unique event set in the spectacular scenery in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. The route consist of a 39 mile road cycle, followed by a stunning off road 6 mile run and finishing with a further 6 miles on road by bike. The event starts and finishes in the Highland Folk Museum, nestled within the Cairngorm National Park.
The event will suit all abilities, from serious competitors to novices who wish to set themselves a challenging but achievable goal. As you navigate around the course you will travel over ground historically used by Jacobites and Redcoats. Highlights include the Redcoats barracks at Ruthven, Cluny Castle, burnt down in 1745 and Creag Dhu, where Cluny McPherson hid from the English army.
We have worked hard to keep competitors families/spectators in mind throughout the day. The course is designed in a figure of 8, and so spectators will see the competitors, start, cycle past and finish, all without having to move location. Entry to the Highland Folk Museum is free, and visitors will be able to see Scotland through the ages and there will be an authentic re-enactment society giving demonstrations throughout the day. The on-site café will have refreshments available to purchase throughout the day.
"Where one tugs at a single thing in nature he finds it is attached to the rest of the world" - John Muir
The events team are not only passionate about their chosen charity they also care about conserving our environment. We were born and brought up in the Cairngorm National Park and realise it is a very special place and aim to keep it that way.
Our aim is to bring economic benefits to our chosen charity "When you Wish Upon a Star" and the Newtonmore community whilst preserving its remoteness and natural beauty. Where at all possible, recyclable items will be used and after each event a complete sweep of the course will be undertaken to ensure no litter, ours, or otherwise is left behind. You will be running where few have run before as we have gained unprecedented access to a Highland estate which will give you an insight into this spectacular area.
"Great event and spectacular scenery. Everybody was so helpful and cheery on a windy morning"
Davie Orr - Competitor