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Des Gears Up for Celtman Challenge

Des Gears Up for Celtman Challenge

A Director at Intellicore is ‘gearing up' to take part in one of Scotland's toughest ever triathlons - The Celtman.

The extreme challenge, which covers 240 kilometres in ground, is taking place next month (6th July) in Wester Ross on the West Coast of Scotland. Des Neill of Intellicore has been training for the last 10 months. His training started exactly one month after he crossed the finish line at the inaugural event last year, which he completed in 17hours and 37 minutes. This year's challenge will once again be set around the Torridon Mountain, starting with a 3.8 Kilometre swim across Loch Shieldaig, followed by an arduous 202 Kilometre bike run. Participants then complete the race by enduring a 42 Kilometre run over 2 munros, Ruadh-stac Mòr (Big Red Stack) and Spidean Coire nan Clach (Peak of the Corrie Stones).

After experiencing the Celtman for the first time last year, Des was keen to put 100 per cent into his training this year and, as a result, has been doing 15-20 hours of training each week, which includes weekly half marathons and 5 Kilometre outdoor swims at Knockburn Loch, near Banchory. For the last 3 months, Des has also been cycling a 54mile round trip to his office in Aberdeen from his home in Gourdon, Aberdeenshire, which takes him around an hour and a half each way.

He is feeling prepared and looking forward to the challenge. He said: “The Celtman is by far the toughest and most enduring challenge that I've ever done. Last year I was just pleased to finish and this year I'll be hoping for the same. Time doesn't really come into it, although it would be great to beat my time from last year's event. I hope to be better prepared this year, by having a better idea of what's in front of me. Wester Ross is a great setting for a challenge like this. It's a beautiful place and has such a great atmosphere; it is very peaceful and somehow that helps to calm the nerves. It's a great sense of achievement to cross the finishing line and I can't wait to do it again.”

Des, who is 44 years old, will have a personal support crew at the race, including his wife Debbie Neill, who will join him for part of the running leg of the race, and his 3 children, who will be there to greet him as he crosses the finishing line.

The Celtman is quickly becoming a recognised fixture on the triathlon calendar and is thought to be one of the toughest triathlons in Scotland. For more information visit