Win for Kate in STARMAN Night Triathlon

Glasgow Triathlon Club member Kate Pearson was the first female home in the recent STARMAN Night Triathlon. She completed the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile road ride and 13.1-mile mountain run in 07:45:23.

Scottish athlete Chris Watson was the overall winner, breaking his own record to win the STARMAN in 6:19:55.

Kate on the run section. Credit: Ed Smith

STARMAN Night Triathlon, which is organised by True Grit Events, takes place in the Cairngorms after dark.

The swim is in Loch Morlich, while the bike course heads through Speyside. The run starts at Cairngorm Ski Centre and takes in the summits of Cairn Gorm and Meall a Bhuachaille.

Night bike. Credit: Ed Smith

Kate, 38, of Milngavie, described the STARMAN 2019 as “absolutely epic”. She said: “Swimming under the bright moon and stars was magical despite the chop.

“The Scottish weather that followed us around the pitch-black bike and run course was strangely comforting.

“We were treated to a rainbow over Loch Morlich, which I witnessed from the summit of Meall a Bhuachaille. It more than made up for the pain of those relentless hills.”

Chris and his dad. Credit: Ed Smith

Chris, 32, of Crieff completed the middle-distance triathlon a minute faster than the year before, when he also won the race.

He said: “As far as venues go, can there be a more idyllic setting than the Cairngorm National Park for a memorable night out?

“Besides, if you’re going to push yourself to the limit, you may as well do it somewhere notable.

“The Cairngorms have always been a special place for me, and now they boast one of my favourite races.”

Now in its third year, the STARMAN sold out the 100 entries. People came from as far afield as Cornwall and County Wicklow to compete solo or in relay teams of three.

One of the founders of True Grit Events, Caroline MacKechnie, said: “We are delighted that this year’s event was another huge success. STARMAN is fast developing a cult status among adventure triathletes.

“Everyone who took part gave 100% and really seemed to enjoy themselves, despite the huge challenge of the course and the weather.”

STARMAN Night Triathlon returns for 2020 on August 15 and 16.

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