Welcome to the CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlon Hall of Fame

Currently Updating with 2019 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.  2018 saw another amendment to the course where the cycle route finished in Kinlochewe and the run was also adjusted as a consequence.

In 2019 a new award was introduced.  The Chris Stirling Rock Award is dedicated to the memory of a great Celtman who was sadly lost to the Celtman family in 2019.  He will be missed by all those who got to know him through his dedication to the sport.

CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlon – Starters and Finishers

After 7th Edition – 2012 – 2018

1109 triathletes have started a Celtman! Extreme Scottish Triathlon

935 different individuals have started a Celtman! Extreme Scottish Triathlon

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

59% of starters have won a Blue Celtman! Extreme Scottish Triathlon shirt

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

32% of starters have won a White Celtman! Extreme Scottish Triathlon shirt

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

9% of starters did not finish their Celtman ! Extreme Scottish Triathlon

1000th Celtman Finisher

During the course of the 2018 race, Gérard Farina became the 1000th Celtman competitor to complete the course.  He finished 168th in a time of 17hours 27mins 15secs

CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlon – Finishers

After 8th Edition – 2012 – 2019

1 individual has finished 6 Celtman! Extreme Scottish Triathlon

Thor Hesselberg (3 Blue 3 White)

8 individuals have finished 5 Celtman! Extreme Scottish Triathlon

tbc individuals have finished 4 Celtman! Extreme Scottish Triathlon

tbc individuals have finished 3 Celtman! Extreme Scottish Triathlon

tbc individuals have finished 2 Celtman! Extreme Scottish Triathlon

tbc individuals have finished 1 Celtman! Extreme Scottish Triathlon

tbc individuals have started but not finished a Celtman! Extreme Scottish Triathlon

Thor Hesselberg 2013 – 2019 – Images below:


5 Celtman Finishes Awards

In 2019 5 individuals joined the club with 5 Celtman finishers.  There are now 9 Celtman who have finished 5 or more Celtman and have been awarded their Red T-shirt.

The Class of 2019

Marc Smith (4 Blue 1 White), Keith Maclure (5 Blue), David McIntosh (2 Blue 3 White) Billy Vosnakis (4 Blue 1 White) Rob Quarm (1 Blue 4 White)

Marie Meldrum (5 Blue), Jimmy Dryden (2 Blue 3 White) – 2018

Thor Hesselberg (3 Blue 2 White)  – 2017

Chris Godfree (5 Blue) 2016

Marc Smith
Keith Maclure
David Macintosh
Billy Vosnakis
Rob Quarm

CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlon – Winners




Men’s Vet

Women’s Vet

Men’s Sup Vet

2019 (provisional)

86 Blue / 80 White

166 finished / 201 started

Johan Hasselmark


(1st Celtman with 2 overall titles)

Rebecca Hoare (12)


Graeme Stewart (3)


Jennie McColl (65)


Steven Vaughan (33)



102 Blue / 71 White

173 finished / 189 started

Harry Wiltshire


(Course Record)

Mirjam Allik (11)


David Fraser (10)


Marie Meldrum (15)


Chris Knight (23)


2017 (LC only)

81 Blue / 75 White

156 finished / 168 started

Chris Stirling


Marie Meldrum (23)


(1st to win 2 Women’s titles)

Odd Ivar Solvold (3)


Marie Meldrum (23)


John French (33)



133 Blue / 25 White

158 finished / 174 started

Lassie Finstad


Bonnie van Wilgenburg (9)


(Course Record)

Matteo Annovazzi (4)


Marie Meldrum (26)


Herve Temmerman (49)



87 Blue / 70 White

157 finished / 172 started

Dirk Zangen


Siobhan Price (14)


Dirk Zangen


Katherine Woie (44)


Scott Moina (35)



93 Blue / 46 White

139 finished / 155 started

Johan Hasselmark


Mairie Meldrum (24)


Stuart Macleod (3)


(1st to retain a title and to win 2 Men Vets titles)

Jan Rogers (47)


Tom Phillips (15)


2013 (11 HC Only)

48 Blue / 53 White

101 finished / 127 started

Graeme Stewart


Kathrin Muller (11)


Stuart Macleod (3)


Wendy Gorman (64)

14:48:47 (white)

Craig Dring (12)



110 Blue / 11 White

121 finished / 124 started

Alex Glasgow


Susanne Buckele (15)


Alex Glasgow


Julie Fewster (104)


Scott Balfour (68)


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 three Celtman and one Celtwoman have won a title more than once.

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

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.

2017 also saw Chris Stirling win the MS event for the second time.  In 2015 he had been 2nd overall to Dirk Zangen who competed in the MV class.

In 2019 Johan Hasslemark became the first repeat winner of the overall title having previously won the event in 2014.  He joins Chris Stirling as a repeat winner of the MS title.


CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlon – Chris Stirling Award

Chris Stirling Award

Introduced in 2019 in memory of 5 time Celtman, Chris Stirling, who sadly was lost to the Celtman family earlier in the year.

The award of the Chris Stirling Trophy will be decided each year by experienced Celtmen and Women and will take in to account individuals who encapsulate and promote the spirit of the event and what it means to be a Celtman or Women.

2019 (and inaugural) Chris Stirling Award Winner

Ryan Maclean

4 Celtman Starts (2012 – White, 2013 – DNF, 2014 – White, 2018 – White)

Support Runner in 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015

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

Overall course records are based on 1109 starters.

High Course Record

2018 - 11:39:48 - Harry WIltshire

Low Course Record

2017 - 10:34:53 - Chris Stirling

Women’s Overall – Course Records

Women’s overall course records are based on 133 starters.

Women’s High Course Record

2016 - 13:13:06 - Bonnie van Wilgenburg

Women’s Low Course Record

2017 - 12:14:17 - Marie Meldrum

Mens Senior – Course Records

Men’s Senior course records are based on 427 starters.

High Course Record

2018 - 11:39:48 - Harry WIltshire

Low Course Record

2017 - 10:34:53 - Chris Stirling

Women’s Senior – Course Records

Women’s senior course records are based on 82 starters.

Women’s High Course Record

2016 - 13:13:06 - Bonnie van Wilgenburg

Low Course Record

2018 - 13:06:36 - Tabea Ruegge

Men’s Veteran – Course Records

Men’s veteran course records are based on 410 starters.

High Course Record

2015 - 11:51:14 - Dirk Zangen

Low Course Record

2017 - 11:12:00 - Odd Ivar Solvold

Women’s Veteran – Course Records

Women’s veteran course records are based on 43 starters.

High Course Record

2018 - 14:16:28 - Marie Meldrum

Women’s Low Course Record

2017 - 12:14:17 - Marie Meldrum

Men’s Super Veteran – Course Records

Men’s super veteran course records are based on 139 starters.

High Course Record

2014 - 13:41:13 - Tom Phillips

Low Course Record

2013 - 12:23:49 - Craig Dring

Women’s Super Veteran – Course Records

Women’s super veteran course records are based on 8 starters.

High Course Record

2016 - 14:59:37 - Ali Hollington

Low Course Record

2018 - 13:32:45 - Jan Rogers

CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlon – Swim Records

The Celtman! Extreme Scottish Triathlon starts with a 3.4km 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

Top Ten Swim Times

Year Time Name
2012 00:39:54 Bobby Oag
2018 00:41:01 Harry Wiltshire
2012 00:41:10 Lefteris Paraskevas
2016 00:41:30 Andrew Duggan
2018 00:42:17 Mark Duggan
2018 00:43:05 Juuso Manninen
2016 00:43:33 Mancin Gorka
2016 00:43:45 Lasse Finstad
2018 00:43:50 Andre Stubs
2012 00:44:35 John Nykvist

Women’s Swim Record

2016 - 00:48:42 - Mirjam Allik

Top Five Women’s Swim Times

Year Time Name
2018 00:48:42 Mirjam Allik
2016 00:49:14 Emma Lamont
2013 00:49:52 Alexandra Cremona
2013 00:49:56 Kathrin Müller
2016 00:49:59 Naomi Shinkins

Bobby Oag is the only Celtman to have broken 40 minutes for the swim.  11 further Celtmen have broken 45 minutes.

Only 5 women have broken 50 minutes for the swim.

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 and I appreciate that I have never competed in an event like Celtman, as a swim like a pepple though I was reasonable on a bike and did quite well in ultra endurance running in my younger days.  There are no laid down criteria who I write up and I would alway listen to a case being made for someone who is not listed who you think should be.

Johan Hasslemark

In 2019 Johan Hasslemark became the first Celtman competitor to win the overall race for a second time repeating his win from 2014. 2019 was his third Celtman race and his remarkable achievements in Celtman include never having finished lower than 2nd (2013), a new course record when winning in 2014 and he remains the holder of the fastest run, again from 2014 (4:37:06). In 2019 it was once more his running ability which delivered the title as he passed early leader Fraser Cartmell and the Graeme Stewart ( who had held on in 2013 for the win) to take an emphatic first place. His 2019 win was also the first time that a Celtman, on the high course, has recorded two sub 12 hour course times. 2019 - 11:52:05, 2014 - 11:41:30 and for the record his time in 2013 was 12:23:41

Marie Meldrum

In 2017 Marie Meldrum became the first Celtman women to defend a title when she retained her Women's Veteran category win, Stuart Macleod had defended his Men's Veterans win in 2014. 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 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. Having missed 2018 he returned to the Celtman course in 2019, winning a White shirt and becoming the first Celtman with 6 shirts to his name.

Stuart Macleod

Stuart Macleod finished in the top ten of the three Celtman he competed in- 3rd 2014, 3rd 2013, 4th 2012 He als o became the first Celtman to defend a title with his 2014 (12:11:25) win in the Men's Veteran category, a race hs also won in 2013 (12:26:38)

Sean McFarlane

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