THE ISLAND MUNROS TRIATHLON
A non-stop triathlon journey over the Scottish Island Munros.
300km and 7000m+ of ascent.
Never before have all of the Scottish Island Munros been attempted in a single non-stop push with all 300km and 7000m of ascent being completed by running, cycling and swimming through the dramatic landscape of the North West Highlands.
The clock will start on Sgurr nan Eag, marking the start of the Greater Cuillin Traverse, which is considered to be the UK’s finest mountaineering challenge. The route will take in all 12 Munros, which are mountains over 914m, on the Isle of Syke. This entails over 27kms and 4500m+ of ascent, which is normally done over two days, and requires expert route finding and rock climbing to be undertaken in dramatic and exposed situations throughout its length. However, this will only be the beginning of the adventure to come.
Once down from the last Skye Munro, Bla Bheinn, Alex and Mike will transition to bikes and begin the 250km/155-mile cycle along some of the North West Highlands' most beautiful and gruelling roads to the sleepy coastal village of Lochaline. This will arguably be the toughest part of the challenge, physically and mentally, as the first night comes and goes and the distance starts to take its toll on the team.
Wetsuits will then be needed as they take to the frigid waters of the Sound of Mull to complete the 2.5km/1.5-mile swim across to Fishnish. The strong tidal races and busy shipping routes make for a daring crossing, especially after a full night on the bikes. Sleep deprivation and physical exhaustion will need careful management to make landfall on the Isle of Mull. It is here that Alex and Mike will get back on their bikes for the final time to cycle a further 30km to the base of the last Munro, Ben More. With a further 1000m climb separating them from the summit, the end will finally be in sight and within close striking distance.
THE CUILLIN TRAVERSE
Glen Brittle Campsite to Bla Bheinn car park
27.2km + 4500m+
NW HIGHLANDS RIDE
Bla Bheinn car park to Lochaline
243km + 1200m
THE SOUND OF MULL
Lochaline to Fishnish point
Fishnish Ferry to Dhiseig
23.6km + 80m
Dhiseig to Summit
4.36km + 945m
Throughout the challenge, Alex and Mike will be supported by a team of close friends and family. The Greater Cuillin Traverse will be done in a self-sufficient style but the following cycles, swim and run will have aid stations at regular intervals and a safety boat to accompany them on the swim.
All funds will be raised in support of The Martin Moran Foundation, a charity close to the hearts of Alex, Mike and the whole support team. The charity was set up in the name of the pioneering mountaineer Martin Moran, who we sadly lost in the Himalayas in 2019. The Foundation's mission is to make the outdoors more accessible to young people, who would not otherwise have the opportunity to engage, learn and thrive in the outdoor environment. The Martin Moran Foundation is sponsored by Mountain Equipment, who will also be promoting and assisting with the Island Munros Triathlon.
Alex and Mike both have long histories in mountain sport and endurance challenges. Both were lucky enough to grow up in the North West Highlands of Scotland in Lochcarron village. Inspired by the dramatic mountains of home, they have carried on their mountaineering, skiing, cycling and running interests throughout the world.
Mountain Instructor & Athlete
Alex is a qualified mountaineering instructor with a wealth of experience in the mountains from Scotland to expeditions in the Himalayas. He also has a keen interest in ultra-running and endurance cycling. His intimate knowledge of the Cuillin Ridge will prove invaluable during the Island Munros Challenge.
Ultra Marathon Athlete
Mike is an accomplished ultra-marathon runner and holds the fastest known self-supported time on the GR11 Trans Pyrenees covering 832km and 40,642m of ascent in 16 days 9 hrs 4 minutes. Mike is well practiced in pushing his body to the extreme on little sleep, a key skill for this challenge.