Aviemore Triathlon

Join us in the beautiful Cairngorms for Aviemore Triathlon: enjoy an open water swim in the cool, calm waters of Loch Morlich and enjoy mountain biking and running on the trails of Glenmore Forest.

Entries OPEN

17th September 2023

17th September 2023 @9am

The loch has been chosen for its superb water quality and spectacular surroundings. Coupled with fantastic MTB trails (forest road, easy track as well as sections of singletrack) in the forest, this is one of the very best locations in the UK for off-road racing. 

“The Long Hard Durty”, this Standard distance race will be a stiff challenge on a tough course in a spectacular location. .

Long Hard Durty:

  • 1,000m Open Water Swim, 18km Technical Mountain Bike, 9km Trail Run

“The Short Fast Durty”, this Sprint distance race will be a stiff but achievable challenge on a great course in a spectacular location.

Short Fast Durty:

  • 500m Open Water Swim, 12km Mountain Bike, 5km Trail Run


COVID19 – Please note: the race will be subject to appropriate Covid19 related social-distancing to help keep you and us safe. We will monitor Government guidance and apply it as current at the time of the event. But, you should expect some changes from a ‘normal’ race.

A Greener Aviemore Triathlon!

  • Feed station cups are our biggest source of waste. So we’re stopping using them. Completely. There will be no cups at feed stations. You need to bring your own. You will need to carry this with you and use it on the course if you wish to use feed stations.
  • T-shirts: some of you love them and some of you don’t. If you’re the latter, we’ll now give you the option to donate the cost of your event tee to our chosen charity, The John Muir Trust. You can make this selection when you sign up via Entry Central by choosing No T-Shirt. Your entry cost will remain the same and we’ll donate the equivalent value to The John Muir Trust.

We appreciate your help in ensuring our events make minimal impact on the environment.

Your athlete briefing will be emailed to you 2 weeks prior to the event date – as well as being published right here. 


The loch has been chosen for its superb water quality and spectacular surroundings.

Short Fast Durty – 500m Open Water Swim (wetsuits compulsory).  Once lap, deep water start.

Long Hard Durty – 1000m Open Water Swim (wetsuits compulsory). Two laps, deep water start.


The Mountain Bike section is on a mix of great fast forest roads (some less well used, and so a bit rougher), and shorter fun-dabby-dozy twisty, narrow rooty forest singletrack.

In general, we will be designing a course that is mostly ‘Blue’ standard or below for the Short Fast Durty course (with a small amount of fun singletrack thrown in)

The Long Hard Durty course will have some more ‘Red’ and ‘Black’ sections – if you’ve practiced on a mountain bike before the race, you’ll have a quicker and happier time! You’ll need a mountain bike, and Helmets are compulsory.

Click on the links for further information on course descriptions:


The Run will be on a mix of forest trails, and includes a section of open hill running (Long Hard Durty only) with breath-taking views.

Take 30 seconds to look around you!. Bits of the course meander through rough and trackless natural forest. Mmmm, lovely.



Saturday 16th September

1200-Late   Food and Drink available from Speyside Kitchens, Food served until 8pm, Bar open until 10.30pm

1600-1800   Registration open at Badaguish Centre

Sunday 17th September

0700  Car Park at Badaguish Centre Open (please don’t try to arrive before we open the car park, or try to use the Forestry Commission car-park at Transition 1 – you’ll cause us   problems!). £5 per car parking charge – this goes to the Badaguish Centre/Speyside Trust.

0700  Registration Open at Badaguish Centre.

0700  Transition 1 Opens at Loch Morlich 

0800  Speyside Kitchens open for Food and Hot Drinks

0830  Registration Closes

0830  Transition (T1 and T2) Closes (you must have racked your bike and equipment by then – this applies to both Long Hard and Short Fast Durty competitors)

0845  LONG HARD DURTY Race Briefing at Swim Start Lochside

0900  Long Hard Durty START

0915  SHORT FAST DURTY (Including Non-Competitive Entries) Race Briefing at Swim Start Lochside (Both Waves to attend)

0930  Short Fast Durty START (NOTE: there are likely to be two wave starts – you will be advised of this at registration, and which wave you are in)

c.1115  Expected 1st Tri finishers

0800-2000  Food and drink available throughout the race from Speyside Kitchens

What’s included in the entry fee?

  • Professionally organised race
  • Full water safety team cover
  • Full race medical first aid cover
  • Chip Timing
  • Well stocked aid stations
  • Finisher’s T-Shirt (Or a donation to our nominated race charity)

Venue & Facilities

Badaguish Outdoor Centre,
Scotland PH22 1AD

Well, have we found a great venue an off-road race!

In the heart of the beautiful Cairngorms National Park, and in the shadow of the Cairngorm Mountain itself – you’ll be swimming in the cool clean water of Loch Morlich, Biking on superb trails in the huge Glenmore Forest, and finishing yourself off with a scenic run through stunning woodland and open hillsides.

The Aviemore Triathon is based at the Badaguish Centre, right in the middle of the forest. The race will be raising funds for the Centre – they help people with a disability enjoy an outdoor holiday – a cause that we know you’ll agree is worth supporting 100%.



On-site camping pitches and Camping Pods will be available at the Badaguish Centre for a small charge. The site has showers, toilets, and acres of picturesque grassy goodness.

There are lots of other accommodation options in the Glenmore valley and in the nearby ski village of Aviemore (where there are also lots of shops, restaurants and visitor activities). Follow the links from the tab above for more info.

Aviemore and the Rothiemurcus/Glenmore are are very well set up for an overnight stay, and longer visits as part of your trip to Aviemore Triathlon.

There are loads of outdoor activities locally, massive forests, great mountains, lots of visitor attractions (including the Reindeer Centre and the Cairngorm Funicular – both almost on the race course!).

There are good accommodation options at race HQ itself (links below), and the town of Aviemore (which has plenty of Hotel, B+B and Hostel options) is a few minutes from the start line.



Can I ditch the wetsuit?

This event is run under Triathlon Scotland Rules please see Competition Rules – Triathlon Scotland for information on wetsuit use and water temperatures

Can I wear boots/gloves?

This event is run under Triathlon Scotland Rules please see Competition Rules – Triathlon Scotland for information on the use of boots/gloves for the swim section

What’s the water temperature?

Water Temperatures vary depending on the weather conditions pre-event but the loch temperature is likely to be around 13-14oC

What type of bike do I need?

We would recommend a mountain bike for this event. The short course is suitable for cross bikes and gravel bike however the long course definitely requires a proper mountain bike

Can a Relay Team be made up of 2 people rather than 3?

Yes relay teams can be made of 2 people with 1 person completing 2 of the 3 sections, when completing the entry be sure to put the appropriate name against each event leg

What is the exact route?

Full route information will be published on our website around 2 weeks prior to the event. Some routes require land owner permission and cannot be recced prior to the event, we therefore do not publish the route in advance of the events

Can I defer?

Unfortunately we are unable to offer deferrals, for information on refund options please see Terms & Conditions – Durty Events

Can I have a refund?

For information on refund options please see Terms & Conditions – Durty Events

Can I Change distance?

If the event you have entered has more than 1 distance option available then it is possible to transfer to another distance, this must be done at least 2 weeks in advance of the event and may be subject to a small admin fee. Please see Terms & Conditions – Durty Events for more information


We are delighted that Aviemore Triathlon will be hosting the Triathlon Scotland Scottish Cross Triathlon Championships again in 2023.

You do not need to compete in the championships to enter the event however if you would like to take part in the championships please see https://www.triathlonscotland.org/performance/scottish-championships/ for more information and details of eligibility.

Short fast Durty

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Long Hard Durty

Entries Close 12th September 2023


See who has entered so far… this only includes entrants who have allowed us to share their entry.
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Short fast Durty

NameGenderAge Category
Lorna NicholsonFemaleVintage
Suki FlemingFemaleSuper Veteran
Fiona BallFemaleSenior
Charles JohnstonOpenSenior
Robert JohnstonOpenSenior
Mike TalbotOpenSuper Veteran
Murray McKenzieOpenJunior
Claudia SansFemaleSenior
Francesco CardinaleOpenVeteran
David RossOpenVeteran
Wendy HallidayFemaleSuper Veteran
Tricia BellFemale
Ruth LongmuirFemaleSenior
Lisa NormanFemaleSenior
Andy TaylorOpenVeteran
David McbainOpenVeteran
Omar AlkirwiOpenVeteran
Alan MacRaeOpenSuper Veteran
Rhona MacRaeFemaleSenior
Iain ChirnsideOpenVeteran
John MacRaeOpenSuper Veteran
Kath MortFemaleSenior
Ulrike DamerowFemaleVintage
James BradyOpenSenior
Joanne McCallumFemaleSenior
Morag McClellandFemaleSenior
Martin MunroOpenSuper Veteran
Colin DuncanOpenVintage
Carol HumeFemaleVeteran
Anna HazelwoodFemaleSenior
Pamela WalkerFemaleSenior
Hannah CavesFemaleSenior
Cameron CavesOpenJunior
Lorraine GrayFemaleVeteran
Sarah DoveFemaleSuper Veteran
Victoria BrownFemaleVintage
Eilidh WardlawFemaleVeteran
Sarah Raymond-WilliamsFemaleVeteran
Emma PanpherFemaleVeteran
Christine BaumeFemaleSuper Veteran
Johnnie WalkerMaleVeteran
Laura BarrFemaleSenior
Simon WellsMaleVeteran
Jimmy JamiesonMaleSenior
Neil BlackadderMaleSuper Veteran
Roisin NewellFemaleVeteran
Alison GallacherFemaleVeteran
Fiona MacleanFemaleVeteran
Amanda BraidFemaleVeteran
Martine BraidFemaleVeteran
Peter HoustonMaleSuper Veteran
stephanie foranFemaleSenior
Leighton BruceMaleSuper Veteran
William CrowtherMaleSenior
Jacquie MacleanFemaleVintage
Ingrid ArtusFemaleVeteran
Christopher FowlerMaleSuper Veteran
Keith HuttonMaleVintage
Tom CoatsMaleVintage
Stewart McRaeMaleVeteran
Brian LandelsMaleVintage
Ross MarrFemaleSenior
John KinstrieMaleSenior
Samantha MacLeodFemaleSenior
Sarah PhillipsFemaleVeteran
Billy CameronMaleSuper Veteran
Thom CameronMaleSenior
Susan CameronFemaleSuper Veteran
Gail SimpsonFemaleSuper Veteran
Erica SkyrmeFemaleVeteran
Margo MacraeFemaleSuper Veteran
Isla HodgsonFemaleSenior
James MillarMaleSuper Veteran
Karra LaingFemaleSenior
Ronnie MacPhersonMaleVeteran
Stephen MartinMaleSenior
Judy TraynerFemaleSuper Veteran
Fiona TraynerFemaleSenior
Ailsa SmithFemaleVintage
Liz BrookesFemaleVeteran
Nikki MunroFemaleSuper Veteran
Mairi CrawfordFemaleVeteran
Holly MackayFemaleSenior
lindsay mackayMaleVeteran
Neil PirieMaleSuper Veteran
Killian TrenholmMaleJunior
Catriona GarvieFemaleSenior
Stuart JohnstoneMaleSuper Veteran
NameGenderAge Category

Short fast Durty relay

Team NameTeam Gender
Triple TroubleAll Female
Ledi's LadiesAll Female
All Female
Team NameTeam Gender

Long Hard Durty

NameGenderAge Category
Graham CalderOpenSuper Veteran
Sam GurlingOpenSenior
Marc PreeceOpenVeteran
Martin McLarenOpenVeteran
Dana DrukaFemaleSenior
Owain SimpsonOpenSenior
Sam RobinsonOpenSenior
Donald MillerOpenSuper Veteran
Stephen BeresfordOpenSuper Veteran
Stewart RobertsonOpenVeteran
Alan CardwellOpenSuper Veteran
David MilroyOpenSuper Veteran
Will WrightOpenVeteran
Craig ThompsonOpenSuper Veteran
Neal PadmanabhanOpenSuper Veteran
Mia PadmanabhanOpenSenior
Jorge GonzalezOpenVeteran
Erika TorazzinaFemaleVeteran
Sean MacBride-StewartOpenSuper Veteran
Liam McHughOpenSuper Veteran
David MorriceOpenSuper Veteran
Alastair MansonOpenSenior
Connor McCallOpenSenior
Andrew LambertOpenSuper Veteran
Marina Garcia HunterFemaleSenior
Scott HutchinsonMaleSuper Veteran
Ruth BannonFemaleSenior
Kaz AddisonMaleSenior
Sebastian O'DellMaleSenior
Jamie collinsMaleVeteran
ian clunieMaleSuper Veteran
John McKechnieMaleSenior
nicholas brownMaleSenior
Sandy CavaghanMaleVeteran
Trevor McDonaldMaleVeteran
Dave EvansMaleSuper Veteran
David HollandMaleVeteran
Gill CarrollFemaleVeteran
Rory StrachanMaleSenior
Ryan CromarMaleSuper Veteran
Derek WilkieMaleVeteran
James TedhamMaleSenior
Hector MackayMaleSuper Veteran
Joe EngebretsenMaleSuper Veteran
Jos Van de polMaleSuper Veteran
Callum CromarMaleSenior
Norbert SkrzeczkowskiMaleVeteran
Eoghan MillarMaleVeteran
Finn TrenholmMaleSenior
chris gregoryMaleVeteran
Barry GriffinMaleVeteran
Dany DownieMaleSenior
Rachel BattilanaFemaleVeteran
Stuart BlanchardMaleSenior
Louise HaleFemaleVeteran
Alison BrownFemaleVeteran
Andy RossiterMaleVeteran
Fearghas LaffertyMaleSenior
Connor MurrayMaleSenior
Stephen BurrowsMaleSenior
jeremy selmesMaleVeteran
Steven LiddleMaleVeteran
Jude MaxwellMaleVintage
Alexander UrquhartMaleSenior
Graham MunroMaleSuper Veteran
Kevin Eltoft-PrestMaleVeteran
Megan MowbrayFemaleVeteran
Josh CaldwellMaleSenior
Laurence PhinMaleSuper Veteran
Nicholas ThomasMaleSenior
Richard HydeMaleVintage
Finn MilesMaleSenior
Steven SmallMaleSuper Veteran
NameGenderAge Category

Long Hard Durty Relay

Team NameTeam Gender
All Open
Pretty Fly for a Tri GuyMixed
Amy, Rob and KateMixed
Raging PanthersMixed
Team NameTeam Gender

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