Welcome to the CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlon Hall of Fame

Updated with 2017 Provisional Results

This page is dedicated to those who have won Celtman or have recorded a fastest time on an individual component of the Celtman Extreme Triathlon.  I have tried to be as accurate as possible but if you believe there is an error then please get in touch and I will correct the page.  I also wish to acknowledge that conditions play a huge part in such an event.

In 2016 the last of the 2012/13 records were broken on the run section which means that the records are now unified as the run course in 2012/13 for the high route runners was slightly shorter than today’s course.  For the first time in 2014 the high course course was taken along the Loch Torridon foreshore so that both courses finished by entering to the West of Torridon village and running to the Community Centre.

In 2017 high winds prevented any runners from competing on the high course and as a consequence a new fattest time for a winning athlete was recorded.

CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlon – Finishers

After 6th Edition – 2012 – 2017

920 triathletes have started a Celtman! Extreme Scottish Triathlon

552 of starters have won a Blue Celtman! Extreme Scottish Triathlon shirt

60% of starters have won a Blue Celtman! Extreme Scottish Triathlon shirt

280 of starters have won a White Celtman! Extreme Scottish Triathlon shirt

30% of starters have won a White Celtman! Extreme Scottish Triathlon shirt

88 of starters did not finish their Celtman ! Extreme Scottish Triathlon

10% of starters did not finish their Celtman ! Extreme Scottish Triathlon

CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlon – Winners

Year

Overall

Women’s

Men’s Vet

Women’s Vet

Men’s Sup Vet

2017 (LC only)

81 Blue / 75 White

156 finished / 168 started

Chris Stirling

10:34:53

Marie Meldrum (23)

12:42:17

Odd Ivar Solvold (3)

11:12:00

Marie Meldrum (23)

12:42:17

John French (33)

13:08:13

2016

133 Blue / 25 White

158 finished / 174 started

Lassie Finstad

11:42:20

Bonnie van Wilgenburg (9)

13:13:06

Matteo Annovazzi (4)

12:36:23

Marie Meldrum (26)

14:17:09

Herve Temmerman (49)

15:16:56

2015

87 Blue / 70 White

157 finished / 172 started

Dirk Zangen

11:51:14

Siobhan Price (14)

14:01:44

Dirk Zangen

11:51:14

Katherine Woie (44)

15:18:25

Scott Moina (35)

15:03:00

2014

93 Blue / 46 White

139 finished / 155 started

Johan Hasselmark

11:41:30

Mairie Meldrum (24)

14:22:36

Stuart Macleod (3)

12:11:25

Jan Rogers (47)

15:35:00

Tom Phillips (15)

13:41:14

2013 (11 HC Only)

48 Blue / 53 White

101 finished / 127 started

Graeme Stewart

12:16:15

Kathrin Muller (11)

13:05:01

Stuart Macleod (3)

12:26:38

Wendy Gorman (64)

14:48:47 (white)

Craig Dring (12)

12:23:49

2012*

110 Blue / 11 White

121 finished / 124 started

Alex Glasgow

12:09:48

Susanne Buckele (15)

13:55:53

Alex Glasgow

12:09:48

Julie Fewster (104)

19:48:10

Scott Balfour (68)

16:41:41

Note: In the inaugural 2012 Celtman! Extreme Scottish Triathlon the cut off point for ‘Blue’ shirt finishers was an hour longer than the current rules allow.

Only one Celtman and one Celtwoman have won a title more than once.  Marie Meldrum has won the Women’s race on two occasions, the first time in 2014 in the FS class and then again in 2017 in the FV class.  In 2017 she also retained her 2016 FV title.

Stuart Macleod was the men’s MV winner in both 2013 and 2014.

CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlon – Course Records

We are showing two course records.  The course record when the high route was available and the course record when only the low route could be used.  The 6th edition of Celtman! was the first occasion when no athlete were allowed on the high course.  In 2013 the 1st 11 athletes completed the high route before it was closed by mountain rescue.

Overall – Course Records

High Course Record

2014 - 11:41:30 - Johan Hasselmark

Low Course Record

2017 - 10:34:53 - Chris Stirling

Women’s – Course Records

Women’s High Course Record

2016 - 13:13:06 - Bonnie van Wilgenburg

Women’s Low Course Record

2017 - 12:14:17 - Marie Meldrum

Men’s Veteran – Course Records

High Course Record

2015 - 11:51:14 - Dirk Zangen

Low Course Record

2017 - 11:12:00 - Odd Ivar Solvold

Women’s Veteran – Course Records

High Course Record

2016 - 14:17:09 - Marie Meldrum

Women’s Low Course Record

2017 - 12:14:17 - Marie Meldrum

Men’s Super Veteran – Course Records

High Course Record

2014 - 13:41:13 - Tom Phillips

Low Course Record

2013 - 12:23:49 - Craig Dring

CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlon – Swim Records

The Celtman! Extreme Scottish Triathlon starts with a 3.78 swim course where the competitors enter Loch Shieldaig at Inverbain and exit into T1 at the village of Shieldaig.  The state of the tide and wind direction, as well as sea state, can have a significant effect on swim times.

Men’s Swim Record

2012 - 00:39:54 - Bobby Olag

Women’s Swim Record

2016 - 00:49:52 - Alexandra Cromona

Bobby Oag is the only Celtman to have broken 40 minutes for the swim.  39 further Celtmen have broken 50 minutes, 14 in 2012, 2 in 2013, 1 in 2014, 5 in 2015, 16 in 2016 and 1 in 2017.  This gives some idea in the different conditions.

Only 2 women have broken 50 minutes for the swim, Alexandra Cromona (2016) and Katherine Muller (2013 – 00:49:56).

CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlon – Cycle Records

The Celtman! Extreme Scottish Triathlon cycle route is 202km from Shieldaig, travelling up the length of Glen Torridon before completing a clockwise route via Gairloch, Poolewe, Garve and Achnasheen finally completing at T2 Achnashellach Forrest.  The route includes 2000m of ascent.

Men’s Cycle Record

2016 - 05:44:52 - Andrew Duggan

Women’s Cycle Record

2014 - 06:41:12 - Marie Meldrum

Only 6 Celtman have broken six hours for the cycle section of the course, with 3 of these times being achieved in 2016.  The year when Andrew Duggan set the current record.  Dyvind Evensen was below 6 hours in 2012, Johan Hasselmark (2014), Dirk Zangen (2015) and Andrew Duggan, Lasse Finstad and David Piercy in 2016.

CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlon – Run Records

The Celtman! Extreme Scottish Triathlon run consists of two routes.  For those looking to win the coveted Blue shirt they need to reach transition T2a (at the base of Being Eighe in 11 hours (12 hours in 2012).  They then climb to the summit of Spidean Coire nan Coach (993M) and Ruadh-stac More (1010M) to complete a 41.6KM run from Achnashellach Forrest through the Coulin Pass over Being Eighe, down Glen Torridon to the finish at Torridon village.  Those who arrive at T2a between 11 hours and 13 hours of the start complete the White shirt route which omits the ascent of Being Eighe and takes the competitors behind Liatach to the finish at Torridon.

Men’s Run Record – High Course

2014 - 04:37:06 - Johan Hasselmark

Women’s Run Record – High Course

2016 - 05:24:03 - Ruth Crewe

Men’s Run Record – Low Course

2017 - 03:11:49 - Alan Semple

Women’s Run Record – Low Course

2017 - 04:22:30 - Marie Meldrum

Ruth Crewe is one of only 4 Celtwomen to have gone below 6 hours for the high level run.  Ruth’s 2016 record time was 5 minutes quicker than Bonnie Van Wilgenburg’s run although Bonnie did set a new overall course record.  Emma Lamont and Rebecca Trukenmuller both broke 6 hours in 2016 making the 2016 Women’s run by far the quickest of any Celtman! so far.

CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlon – Special Celtman!

Anyone who completes the Celtman! Extreme Scottish Triathlon is special and their achievement is the culmination of months of dedicated training and meeting their own personal challenges to complete the course.  However as with any event there are competitors who’s achievement in an individual race or over a series of races warrant mention.  Below are some of the Celtman competitors who have caught the eye.  The list is only a personal one of Alligin Photography.

Marie Meldrum

In 2017 Marie Meldrum became the first Celtman competitor to defend a title when she retained her Women's Veteran category win. She was also the overall Women's winner in 2017 repeating her win from 2014, when competing in the Women's open category. She is currently the only competitor to have won two open category titles. She has four category wins to her name in total plus the Women's Veteran record for both High and Low course and the Women's record for the Low course. Finally she holds the Women's Low Course run record and also the Women's Cycle record.

Jeff Glasbrenner

2014 - Jeff Glasbrenner becomes the first amputee to complete Celtman - 19:34:56. Having lost his right leg from just below the knee in a farming accident Jeff not only completed the gruelling course but also achieved a Blue shirt finish. Some achievement when considering the size of the scree shoot at Coirie Mhic Fhearchair he successfully navigated.

Chris Godfree

A special mention goes to Chris Godfree from Edinburgh RC. His 50th place in time of 15:17:58 was his 5th Blue Shirt finish. He came 12th in the first ever Celtman in 2012 [ 13:28:20] and then had three consecutive top ten finishes:- 2013 7th [13:14:57]; 2014 6th [12:43:56]; 2015 - 7th [13:03:46]. A remarkable achievement of consistency over the first five CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlons

Thor Hessenberg

Thor missed the inaugural Celtman! Extreme Scottish Triathlon but has successfully completed the next 5 with a best placed finish of 11th in 2015. He earned a White shirt in 2013 & 2017 with Blue finishes in 2014, 2015 & 2016

Stuart Macleod

Stuart Macleod finished in the top ten of the three Celtman he competed in- 3rd 2014, 3rd 2013, 4th 2012

Sean McFarlane

2nd in the inaugural Celtman of 2012 followed by 8th (2013), 14th (2014) and 5th (2015)