Race Updates – June

Lewis Bruce July 14, 2016 Comments Off on Race Updates – June
Race Updates – June

From San Francisco to Austria and back to Scotland, a quick recap of the goings on of the last 5 weeks.

Leeds ITU Undercard

4 M3ers took part in the Columbia Threadneedle ‘Open’ Triathlon event down in Leeds.

The Swim was hectic, with 3 minutes between waves and no real grading to the start times, it wasn’t long before one wave would catch swim over the next! The Bike and Run were fantastic, through the closed streets of Leeds city centre with a great support considering the time of day! The bag drop proved a nightmare, with a 2+hour wait for your bag if you were lucky . . .

The ITU Race was fantastic to watch, the atmosphere was excellent and there was a real buzz around the city the whole weekend, so good Leeds are hosting the ITU race again next year, i would thoroughly recommend it to anyone, i’m sure they won’t mess up their bag drop 2 years in a row¬† . . .

Open Race Standard Distance
Position Name Time Category Cat.Position
243 David Stewart 2:24:50 M50 16
410 Lewis Bruce 2:30:29 M25-29 52
14 Michelle Mackay 2:31:33 W25-29 9
Open Race Sprint Distance
Position Name Time Category Cat.Position
516 Ursula Ryder 1:37:53 W55-59 4



Ironman Staffordshire 70.3
Dean Jennings was the Solo M3er on form at a soggy Ironman Staffordshire 70.3

Position Name Time Category Cat.Position
539 Dean Jennings 5:41:18 M40-44 107

Knockburn Sprint

Knockburn sprint proved to be a lucrative day for the 3 M3 members taking part, with all 3 finishing 2nd in the Veteran category! Congratulations Paul, Gillian & Miriam!
Position Name Time Category Cat.Position
6 Paul Cooper 1:04:12 Veteran 2
Gillian Sangster 1:14:53 Veteran 2
Miriam Rennet 1:20:16 Super Vet 2
Loch Ore Sprint Triathlon

A favourite local triathlon of many, loch Ore had 7 M3 racing which featured a longer swim this year!?!? With a podium for Robert Harrison and near misses for 3 other members, it was a successful day! Bravo to Greig millar who PB’d the course even though he took part in the Archie challenge the day before, cycling up and down Abernyte for a few hours, maybe we’ve all been doing it wrong?? Also noted was a first race for Mark McIntosh in the Veteran Category ūüėČ
Position Name Time Category Category Position
11 Robert Harrison 1:12:50 Veteran 3
Mark McIntosh 1:13:32 Veteran 4
29 Dougal Adamson 1:19:22 Super Veteran 4
62 Greig Millar 1:25:16 Senior 24
85 Gillian Sangster 1:27:29 Veteran 4
92 Sarah Connoly 1:28:19 Senior 10
96 Stephen Mudie 1:28:49 Senior 36


Ironman Austria
The club has 2 new Ironman Finishers. Congratulations to Ingrid Kidd and Archie Dick who recently took part in Ironman Austria. Widely touted as one of the best European Ironman events for its atmosphere, Archie has already said he plans to go back in the next year or 2! Also a huge congratulations to Ingrid who put in a VERY quick time overall, leading her age group in the Swim & Bike. Ingrid had this to say after the race –

Ten years ago when we lived in NZ several of our friends took part in Ironman NZ and I was inspired by them to one day do an ironman myself. I decided I would do it when I turned 40. Because I only planned to ever do one I wanted it to be somewhere stunning and I definitely wasn’t let down by IM Austria.The course was beautiful.

We started in Klagenfurt and swam in the blue warm waters of Lake Worthersee. It was a little daunting with 3000 athletes competing but was a rolling start which suited me. The pros were 6 minutes slower than expected…I’m not sure why…maybe because there was a bit of a current against us along the first leg. However, I had one of my best swims and just about burst out laughing when I arrived in transition first in my age group as that was a first for me! The bike was fast and amazing. A couple of hills but nice fast downhill bits too. I was delighted when we had a thunderstorm and a massive downpour in the middle of the bike as having trained in Scotland I was worried about getting heat stroke on the day. The only¬†problem was that then the road was pretty slippy so I had to slow¬†down a bit around the bends and¬†corners. I was on a complete ‘high’ to be the first in my age group out on the run but unfortunately things¬†turned a bit bad for me 10km in when an old knee injury played up and I was pretty painful. It did cross my mind to¬†withdraw but¬†then I thought if I just l kept on moving¬†slowly I would eventually make it to the end. So after about 10 drinks of coke and a couple of gels the finish line loomed and the crowd were awesome. It was an incredible experience and doubly good because by completing this challenge I also managed to raise money for a little disabled girl who is close to my heart and faces massive challenges every day. I also hope that by completing¬†an IM¬† it makes other people realise that if you put your mind to it that anything is possible and that they too could do one!

Position Name Time Category Category Position
588 Ingrid Kidd 10:30:30 40-44 7
Archie Dick 13:41:35 50-54 243


Arranman Standard Distance Triathlon
Adam Wilson took a Trip over to Arran, taking part in the Standard distance triathlon during the Arranman weekend. Adam noted that the event was great fun, wonderful scenery, hilliest standard triathlon in UK (a helluva climb out of transition – 285meteres within 5km!). Overall it was a great weekend trip.
Position Name Time
10 Adam Wilson 2:52:44
How’s this for a scenic swim start????


Scottish Water National Youth Champs – TriStar Start Boys
Christopher Mocci was back in action last month, with the national youth champs being only his 2nd triathlon! So a big congratulations on coming 6th place Chris, keep up the good work.
Position Name Time
6 Christopher Mocci 10:30.5


Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon
Ray recently took part in the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon over in San Francisco! Comprising of 1.5m swim, 18m bike and an 8m run, its not your normal set of distances for a triathlon. Ray had the following to say about the race

Great race. Brilliant weather. Water was 14 degrees, warmer than the expected 11. The swim was the toughest I’ve ever done, very choppy, but no sign of any sharks thankfully. Very long run from water to the bike. Think the idea is to warm you up. Cycle very scenic and followed the coast before heading through some parkland, and then back along the coast. The run also followed the coast before heading down to the beach for a bit,and then back up the sand ladder before the final few miles along to the finish, at the marina. Great atmosphere and enthusiasm from the crowd. Highly recommended bucket list race.”

Position Name Time Age Cat Cat position Shark Encounters
395 Ray Irvine 3:14:20 45-49 51 0


M3 Scottish Championship Sprint Triathlon

Our very own. On Saturday the 10th of July M3 hosted the Sprint Tri Scottish Championships with great success, meeting the high standards set when winning Triathlon Scotland Event of the Year 2015.

A big thanks to all Race organiser and marshalls who have planned this even over the last year and stood out in the pouring rain to watch it come together so well. With 20 M3 members racing, 2 of which podiumed in a very quick field, it was a successful day all round for the club.

Position Name Time Age Cat Cat position
6 Andrew Merry 1:05:44 Junior 2
Robert Harrison 1:09:00 Veteran 4
Paul Cooper 1:12:51 Veteran 9
Dougal Adamson 1:14:35 Super Veteran 4
David Miller 1:14:48 Veteran 13
Lewis Bruce 1:16:11 Senior 20
Michelle Mackay 1:16:54 Senior 5
Kenneth Ramsay 1:18:20 Veteran 19
71 John Smith 1:18:20 Veteran 20
Malcolm Watson 1:23:00 Veteran 26
Dean Jennings 1:23:17 Veteran 27
Gillian Sangster 1:25:32 Veteran 10
Brian Simpson 1:29:17 Super Veteran 20
Kathy Robertson 1:29:33 Veteran 15
Debbie Feeney 1:31:14 Veteran 16
Christine Bird 1:31:41 Veteran 19
Zoe Pickup 1:37:41 Senior 21
Ute Goldmann 1:41:04 Super Veteran 5
Julie Wilson 1:42:33 Super Veteran 8
Jim Paton 1:52:13 Vintage 3

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