5 weeks since the last update and a lot of varied racing has happened! More international events, a X-tri as well as swimrunning up Snowdonia feature in the latest update
Cleveland Steelman Middle Distance
Robert Harrison brought home another fantastic performance at the Cleveland Steelman in Yorkshire at the end of July. He blew the competition away by finishing in a brilliant 2nd place and in turn 1st Vet! Flat bike and run courses mean lots of fast times! The weather was warm but cloud cover on the run was probably a relief to most!
Only Ingrid made the journey up north to complete at the Knockburn standard, and only a few weeks after completing Ironman Austria. She comfortably finished in 2nd female and also 1st Vet in the process!
St Mary’s Loch Triathlon
Between moving his life over to Germany, Arno had time to squeeze in a standard triathlon , joined by Ute and Emma at St Mary’s Loch.
Ute had the following to say
“Beautiful scenery, very relaxed event. Loved that it was in heats (2) so the slower participants did not feel left behind as females and male vets swam first. Both cycle and run were out and back. Run fairly flat but on sheep tracks in part so on a slope with organic material for extra interest. Very remote. Much better if we can organise a group and car share. I would definitely do that one again. Fairly grim downpour in first 1/3 of cycle. Stopped at coffee shop at GlenTress on way back.“
I think it also had a rather sociable start time of 11 o’clock?
Hamburg World Triathlon
Julie and Debbie headed over to Hamburg to compete in a rather wet, standard distance at the ITU World Triathlon. Debbie reported that they both had a great time with the organisation being first class and is already up for signing up again next year! Who fancies joining her?
Club secretary Barbara Sweeney and friend of the club Cheryl Walls, teamed up to compete in the SwimRun event in Snowdonia in Wales. Having won a free place after coming second at the event in Loch Lomond last year, this was definitely an event they couldn’t miss! After 6km swimming and 36km running, and climbing up Snowdon, ‘The Monsterettes’ came home with 3rd place!
Barbara – “it was a tough course, conditions were ideal and there were gorgeous views but as you have to watch every step you don’t get the best look at them!”
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Miriam at West Hill & Inverurie tri
Double Success for Miriam as she took part in both the Inverurie and West Hill sprint triathlons over the last couple weeks, winning her age category for both events! Miriam will be pleased with a return to form whilst enjoying the ever friendly and well organised triathlons within the Aberdeenshire series of races!
Inverurie Sprint Tri
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Westhill Sprint tri
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6 M3ers on form at the Durty Triathlon with Spin Doctor Dave coming away with 2 shiny gold medals for 1st Super Vet and 1st Overall in the short course, good effort Dave! The usual suspects were in attendance with X-tri being a favourite of Paul, Ursula, Andy & Adam, but also present was Malcolm, making his X-tri debut, judging from his comments, i think he enjoyed it!.
“Swimming was a little more challenging due to the severe gales blowing through. Bike was good, with a few challenging ascents (had to get off and push at the same point as we did two laps of he circuit). Ahead of T2 we all got to have a blast on what I would have classed (about 30 years ago), as a BMX track! MUCH FUN there! I felt I was plodding on the run, not just due to the slightly bog-like conditions underfoot but perhaps due to lack of running training and general adverse terrain in parts of the forest run. All in all a GREAT experience.
The one thing I would point out were the consideration for logistics of the split transition points AND having my young family with me. Made it slightly tricky but we all survived it! ??
Very non technical and definitely achievable for newbies”
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