In September our Dr. Brian Coghlan completed the “Skye’s the Limit” duathlon on the Isle of Skye. Overcoming adversity in the form of a recurring calf injury Brian, who is Technical Director of Hydrology and Flood Risk, competed with over 100 other entrants and finished the course in a time of 4 hours 55 minutes.
The Skye’s the Limit duathlon, an annual event, held on Saturday 17th September 2016 started and ended at the Sligachan Hotel on the Isle of Skye. The competition begins with a 10-mile walk/run across the island taking in the sights of the Cuillin Hills, River Sligachan, the Bay at Camasunary, Soay and the Cuillin Ridge, followed by a 27.5-mile cycle starting in Kilmarie and passing Loch Slapin and Broadford.
Brian’s first duathlon in 2015 was the Highland Cross which traverses Scotland coast to coast, with 20 miles fell running and 30 miles cycling). Since then he has caught the bug and duathlons have become a regular pastime. This year was his second time completing the Skye’s the Limit duathlon.
Over the combined events he has raised around £400 for various charities, including over £200 for the Highland Hospice. After this year’s event, Brian commented “It’s great to have an incentive to get out and about, and both events are spectacular to compete in. The training is the most valuable bit for me – I’m not expecting to break any records, as there are much fitter and younger people competing, but being 43rd this year, out of more than 100 entrants was great. Most importantly, it is great to see some charities benefit, which is thanks to the generosity of all who have sponsored me.”