The 2019 Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon (The Quad) will take place on Saturday, 6th July 2019. It is an exhilarating test of stamina, strength and fitness through some of the most spectacular and historic areas of the Scottish Highlands. It will be a weekend you never forget and you’ll need to be on form – this is a tough event!
In a change to previous years, there will be three different route options to choose from: Gold, Silver and Bronze.
The Gold Route will be the same as the previous years' route. Start at Ardtalnaig shore on the south side of Loch Tay and swim 0.8 mile, then walk/run 15 miles over seven Munros in the Ben Lawers range (Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh, An Stuc, Ben Lawers, Beinn Ghlas, Meall Corranaich and Meall Nan Tarmachan), then kayak 7 miles from Milton of Morenish back to Ardtalnaig, before jumping on your bike and cycling 34 miles round Loch Tay.
The Silver Route will be the same as the Gold route, except that you will come off the hill section after Munro 6 and will not have to ascend back up to Meall nan Tarmachan. That killer re-ascent is what most previous Quadrathletes found ultra hard. By choosing the Silver Route, you will come down off the hill and won't have to go back up; saving yourself about 7km (4 miles) of distance and 600m (2000ft) of ascent.
The Bronze route is a triathlon - there will be no swim section and the hill section will cover just 5 Munros - no Meall Corranaich or Meall nan Tarmachan to ascend. Just come off the hill after Beinn Ghlas and descend to the loch for the kayak section. That will save you about 8km (5 miles) and 730m (2400ft) of ascent! This route will start on the North side of Loch Tay, rather than at Kindrochit (Ardtalnaig).
Who can take part?
The Quad is an event for those who relish the challenge of a one-day endurance test. The event is designed to be accessible to people of all abilities, from more experienced athletes who want to push themselves to the limit or those who wish to set themselves a new challenge and improve their fitness. But make no mistake this will be a serious challenge and will test your fitness, robustness and resilience to the limit. It is an event for Teams of Two, who complete all disciplines (of whichever route they opt for) together. Or it is possible to enter as a Relay Team of between 3 and 8 people, where each discipline is completed by two team members and no team member completes all disciplines.
Participants should have some experience in all four disciplines, ideally with some solid and consistent training, however individuals with even a basic level of fitness can complete the event.