The UKs toughest triathlon took place at the weekend.

Rat Race City To Summit

Photo Credit: Iain MacIntosh

This iron-distance race was a new addition to the 2013 race calendar and was billed as the toughest triathlon in the UK. Over 300 of the most-hardened competitors took part in the event over the weekend. Competitors were blessed with stunning weather on the day as they tackled the brutal course: a 1.2 mile swim in Firth of Forth at Queens ferry, followed by a 112 mile bike ride in the Scottish countryside, topped off with a 26-mile run to the top of Ben Nevis.

Massive congratulations to all those that managed to complete the epic challenge. Full results can be found here:

Here’s what some of the competitors had to say post the event:

“Thank you so much for hosting the City to Summit this weekend. Having travelled from Norway to participate, I was not disappointed. Fantastic surroundings and well organized – this has everything it needs to become epic! And the run…..what a beast!” Dag Kilen

“Thanks Rat Race. That was a fantastic course. Incredibly reminiscent of Norseman which I did in 2010. Of course no jump in off a ferry and the bike course wasn’t quite as spectacular (it’s tough to compete with the highest glacial plateau in Europe) but was still one of the best bike routes I’ve ever ridden and the road surface nowhere near as bad as I was expecting. Then the run. Well what can be said about that. It had it all. 5km in I was worried that I hadn’t seen any off road yet. Not to worry, after that monster first climb, the trail running was fantastic all the way to the bottom of Ben Nevis. I can’t say I enjoyed the trudge up the mountain but it was certainly different to negotiating snowfields on an Ironman distance run. Coming back down was the icing on the cake. I can’t say I would have liked it much after dark, but in full light it was a unique experience for me to spend an hour and a quarter running continuously downhill. Thanks for the organisation and the imagination to put on such a fantastic journey. Well done Rat Race.” Mark Norton

“Just wanted to add to the congratulations on staging an absolutely fantastic event over the weekend. Incredibly professional, friendly, supportive and helpful marshals and organisers all the way though our journey. Special thanks to Peter, the kayak man from Aberdeen for supporting me through my disastrous swim. Couldn’t get my breathing controlled and I was sat on his kayak heading into the rescue boat at 700m when I had a change of mind and decided to carry on. “Good for you” or words to such effect, he replied, and off I went. If he’d said “are you sure?” I would have been in the boat and wouldn’t have completed the event. My husband and I were in the group of final finishers coming in past 1am and even then, we had an amazingly enthusiastic reception awaiting us at the finish line. Coming down Ben Nevis by torchlight among snow flurries will be something I will never forget. This all just added to the epic scenery and incredibly challenging course. Thank you so much and I will definitely be back again!” Tracey Sahraie


If you didn’t get chance to take part this year, don’t worry. Rat Race will be announcing the date for the 2014 event next week – so keep your eyes peeled. is the online home of Triathlon Plus – the best source of triathlon training advice, triathlon gear reviews and triathlon news.

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