Scott Munro, Technical Manager at Aleron, has now triumphantly completed the sporting challenge he set himself named – The Great Scottish Triathlon, to raise funds for local charity Grampian Disability Sport.
Exceeding traditional triathlon distances, Scott took on the mammoth challenge of a 28.5-mile standing paddle-board across Loch Ness, followed by a 585-mile cycle along the North Coast 500 route, concluding with a 95-mile run along the West Highland Way – all within an incredibly impressive six days.
Now he has had some recovery time following the event, we asked Scott to reflect on his major achievement:
“The Great Scottish Triathlon has been a huge part of my life for the past 2+ years and now it’s all over, which feels strange as my structure has gone with it (for now anyway). I have to say that as gruelling as the training was it did pay off! During my 6 day challenge, I had low points of course, but overall I felt in good shape and always managed to finish the day strong. This threw my support crew every day as they didn’t think I should be looking so good at that point in the day!
It was a week of early starts and non-stop physical endurance, although I passed through some amazing places and some of the views were just stunning. I had some paddling, cycling and run partners which was very much appreciated as it does make it more enjoyable to chat with someone rather then being in your own head for the majority of the day.
I didn’t have any real low points and the week seemed to pass in a blur. I did pick up one injury which was a tweak in a muscle that runs down your shin, this was on day one of the run but didn’t really present a major problem until the final day. It started to swell and I couldn’t lower my toes down, which made steps and downhill sections interesting to say the least. Although I managed to run though it and after a week or so of rest I am sure it will be much better – I can make out my ankle again now so that’s a good start 😊
I still find it hard to believe what I have done and that makes it hard to get excited about it. Although knowing that I have raised all this money for such a worthy local charity (Grampian Disability Sport) makes me happy and content with my effort.
What’s next? Who knows but I am sure I will come up with something to fill my time. For now I will be content with spending a bit more time on the water sailing, a sport I have been out of since I was a teenager but am enjoying getting back into it again.
I want to say a huge thank you to all my supporters, my coach and most of all everyone who has donated so far, thank you for making my wild idea a reality”. – Scott Munro
Scott’s amazing achievement has raised almost £10,000 for Grampian Disability Sport which will be incredible support for this worthy local cause. Scott is currently in touching distance of his target and would love to reach this for GDS so any further support to get him there would be a special way to end this mammoth challenge.
Donations can be made here.
Grampian Disability Sport (GDS) are a charitable organisation made up of athletes, parents, sports development professionals, coaches and people with an interest in disability sport. GDS aim to ensure that high quality sporting opportunities are on offer throughout Grampian, and that people with disabilities across the region are given the opportunity to reach their potential in sport.