LISTEN: Richard Pearson outlines what’s coming up and how disruption will be kept to a minimum
Organiser of the Aberfeldy Multi Sports Festival, Richard Pearson, met with Aberfeldy Community Council to discuss the upcoming event and the ways that event organisers are planning to minimise any disruption to the area.
The event is set to take place on August 21st & 22nd 2021. Saturday the 21st of August will see competitors tackle a 10km trail run on Drummond Hill and a swim of varying lengths in Loch Tay. Sunday the 22nd of August will be the Aberfeldy Middle Distance Triathlon.
Event organiser, Richard Pearson, gave a brief explanation of the trying course that the experts will tackle in just a few week’s time:
“The Saturday schedule kicks off in Kenmore with the Drummond Hill trail run and that’s a 10-kilometre run, starting and finishing from the Kenmore Recreation Ground doing a loop of Drummond Hill and then back along the riverside path back to finish in the Recreation ground
“At the moment we’ve got just under 200 athletes registered for that particular event and then in the afternoon we have Go Swim Loch Tay which is a number of different distances open water swimming ranging from 250m up to 3km.
“Onto the Sunday which is the Aberfeldy Middle Distance Triathlon. The swim starts and finishes in Kenmore.
“The swim will start at Taymouth Marina at 6.45am and will finish on Kenmore Beach and then athletes will run across into Kenmore Recreation Ground to pick their bikes up and then the bike course will head up from Kenmore, up to Kinloch Rannoch, around the loch and back to Aberfeldy where they will start their run from Breadalbane Community Campus.
“We’ll have about 600 athletes on the Sunday.”
Logistically the event is a massive undertaking and the team behind the Festival has gone to great lengths to ensure the day to day life of those living in the area is disturbed as little as possible.
“The event itself – I’m not going to say it’s not going to cause any disruption it will cause a little bit of disruption in the area on the roads, but we will try and keep that disruption to as minimum as possible.
“Where we’ve got some traffic pinch points we’re using a traffic management company to manage those.
“I hasten to add, we’re not closing any roads, it is all on open roads, but we will be managing traffic in places for the safety of other road users.”
For more information please visit: https://www.aberfeldytriathlon.com/ or to share your experience with event, use the hashtag #AMSF2021.