Dougie Vipond, drummer with Scottish band Deacon Blue, and BBC TV Adventure Show presenter, has been preparing hard for the Braveheart Triathlon, and many of you will have been following his training diary in the Scottish Times. On the day the team from the Adventure Show will be filming Dougie in action.

Dougie has openly admitted that swimming, and to a lesser extent running were weaknesses, but, with the assistance of Braveheart Triathlon Coach Sean MacFarlane he’s bravely taken on the challenge of a lifetime and his first triathlon, like any true Braveheart would!


Back in June Dougie told Sean: “Pushing your boundaries… and finding where you are in this glorious landscape,” were motivators for anyone taking part in Braveheart.

He kicked off his training regime at the beginning of the year and in February he and Sean headed off for a training week at the 5-star Almyra Hotel in Paphos, Cyprus. Here he swam, cycled, ran and did a Pilates class every night for a week. At the beginning of June he admitted he was very worried that he might not get through the swim (like many of us) but he felt reasonably confident on the bike. As for the run, well, he’d decided he’d run a bit then go for a long walk up the mountain (again, like many of us!).

Don’t forget to watch Sean and Dougie chatting about the race, and pick up some last minute expert tips. And if you’re racing on Saturday, SMILE FOR THE CAMERAS!