A very successful Celtman weekend

‘Thanks very much for your help over the weekend. Once again that facilities and support offered by you, your team, and the hall itself were first class. Celtman just wouldn’t be possible without you all!.

The building is so obviously a much-loved space that the community is proud of – our athletes picked that up and commented on it. We’re really pleased to be allowed to tap into that and help to promote links between the race and the community.’

Paul McGreal – Durty Events – www.cxtri.com

‘Wow. What a weekend. My head is still spinning.

Thank you very much for your help, support, enthusiasm and positivity over the weekend. We’ve started to see race reports and comments come in, and they’re all saying the same thing about our fantastic team;

-          That was fantastic – I’m still on a high from the weekend. The marshalls were fantastic – great that I knew so many of them, plenty of support out on the course!

-          Thank you and the rest of your team for running a tremendous event. The Celtman has to be without question the best event I’ve taken part in, not just the challenge on the day but the atmosphere surrounding the event, brilliant.

-          A huge big thank you to you and all your team

It’s not an easy event to volunteer at – it’s a very long day in a very remote location. We really appreciate the huge time and effort you gave up to be there. I hope it was an enjoyable experience for you as well.’

Paul and Stuart

Many thanks

Irene and I want to express our appreciation for your help in arranging our wedding. We had a fantastic ceremony in a fantastic venue. We even suspect that the locals had a hand in the weather. It couldn’t have been better. Thank you very much.
Best Regards, Bill and Irene Mackie

Retired Edinburgh GP in “Mad Gym Marathon”

Granddad Gerry in fundraising bid for  L’Arche and Prostate Cancer UK – training in the Loch Torridon Community Centre Fitness Suite

On Saturday  1 June former Edinburgh GP, Gerry McPartlin, will attempt to run 30 miles in 6  hours on a treadmill in a Leith gym to raise money for L’Arche and Prostate  Cancer UK.

69 year old  Gerry – who currently lives in Applecross, Wester Ross, where he is Medical  Officer to the Torridon Mountain Rescue Team – will attempt his ‘mad marathon’  on a treadmill at The Club, West Bowling Green Street, Leith (run by judo  legend, George Kerr CBE, who is one of only five men in the world to be honoured  as a tenth Dan).

Although a  keen hill walker Gerry – who has recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer -  is not a regular runner. He previously managed the 26 miles and 385 yards of the  Edinburgh marathon, but that was 29 years ago!

Dr Gerry  McPartlin, who was a GP at Edinburgh’s Moira Park Surgery from 1982 – 2003,  said: “I am aware of people referring to my plans as ‘Granddad’s Mad Gym  Marathon,’ and who am I to disagree? I am undeniably a proud Granddad, and what  I’m doing could well be described as mad. Hopefully the madness will be worth it  to raise funds and awareness of the work of two charities that are very close to  my heart. Ask me on Sunday 2 June!”

Fiona  Dunlop, Fundraising Manager at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “Gerry has recently had  to come to terms with his own diagnosis with prostate cancer, and will shortly  be undergoing surgery for the disease. For Gerry to be going to such lengths to  raise funds to help others at such a time makes him a truly inspirational  figure. We are extremely grateful to Gerry, and wish him every success with his  ‘Mad Gym Marathon’ on 1 June.”

Thank You

I would just like to say that we visited the centre twice whilst staying at a cottage on the Torridon House estate and we were very impressed with the building, the layout, the friendly staff on both occasions and the artists work that was available for purchase. My husband used your wifi facilities to catch up on a bit of work and even had a table etc to sit at.
thank you and good luck – we will be back in 2014 no doubt.
Jane Poulton

Tarneybackle – Thank You

Just a wee note to say a huge ‘thank you’ for all your help with our concert at Torridon.

It’s a beautiful location and with you (and your team’s) help, we had the most lovely evening.

We’d certainly love to come back to Torridon next year, so we’ll be in touch as soon as we start planning for 2014!

Thanks again and very best wishes from Lorna Davidson (Tarneybackle)

Celtman – Triathlon of the Year

From: Paul McGreal <paul@durtyevents.com>
Date: 19 November 2012 10:35
Subject: Celtman - British Triathlon Event of the Year 2012

Hi there

Hope all is well.

Thought you might be interested to hear that Celtman! won the British Triathlon ‘Event of the Year’ award on Saturday night – it’s the equivalent of triathlon’s Oscars (so we’re quite pleased about it!).

A huge amount of the credit for the success of the 2012 event must be placed at the feet of the people of Shieldaig, Torridon, Kinlochewe and Gairloch. You all played a massive part in enabling the event to happen at all, but also in creating an amazing atmosphere over the race weekend. Thanks very much to all concerned.

We closed entries for the 2013 event last week (it’s a sell-out), and will announce the entry list later today.

Roll on 6th July 2013!.


Paul McGreal

07972 370097

Celtman – Kinlochewe Hotel

On 27 June 2012 12:44, Andrew & Gail Staddon wrote:

Just a “wee note” to say how amazing you all were during the Celtman event and to report that everyone who stayed here, and all who called in to Kinlochewe Hotel over the weekend, was full of compliments about the organisation and everyone who was involved in putting on the event in Torridon. Hats off to you all! We know how much hard work and organisation goes in to putting on these events. It was yet another great promotion for our lovely part of the world and for the hospitality we offer. Well done.

Andrew and Gail
Kinlochewe Hotel


Celtman – Paul McGreal

From: Paul McGreal
Date: 26 June 2012 18:38
Subject: Celtman – Thanks

Hi Everybody

Wow. What a weekend. I thought I had my emotions and feeling under control about it, but I’ve felt pretty much overwhelmed today (and more than a bit knackered!).

I know this is a token gesture really, but I really do want to say thanks very much. I have never had the pleasure of working with a team of helpers like this before – it was an absolute joy to have all of you around. The Celtman race is the very definition of “we couldn’t have done it without you”. So thanks, massive thanks. Please pass this on to your teams and colleagues.

The responses we’ve been receiving from competitors and others in the last couple of days have been incredible. We’ll collate some of the comments and distribute them once we’ve had a chance to draw breath. They are all saying how fantastic you lot were. I agree. Thanks for sticking with it, and being cheery and helpful when it mattered most. I and the athletes appreciate it.

We should all be incredibly proud of what happened a couple of days ago. As a team we delivered something that people seem to really care about, and that mattered to them beyond a few quid of entry fee. There was a huge responsibility on us not to let them down. I think we achieved that, and much more. What happened on Saturday was very special – between us we’ve created a new iconic race that I have a feeling will be a bit oversubscribed next year!.

We’ve got things to learn for 2013 (yes, we are running it again!), so would be really interested to have your comments and feedback – please email me.

If you haven’t already seen it, here’s the video that Robby put together. Brought a lump to my throat.


Thanks again,
Paul McGreal