2017 Scottish National Standard Triathlon Championships

11th Sep 2017 | Written by Gemma Simpson
Athletes looking chilly before the start!

We headed north for the final event of our 2017 Scottish National Championships series to Knockburn Sports Loch on Sunday 10 September. Reigning 2016 Champions Debbie Moore (Speedhub) and Douglas Roberts (Yonda) were both on the start line eager to defend their titles and take home £400 championship prize money, where each championship event has a total prize fund of £1400 split between 1-3rd overall places.

The conditions were not ideal for a standard distance championship, with winds, cold air temperatures and 13 degrees in the water, however, that still did not stop 169 eager competitors taking to the start line!

The 1500m swim was two laps of the man made loch, with all competitors racing in a single wave start. Roberts exited the swim first, with Fraser Cartmell (Stirling Triathlon Club) hot on his heels. Onto the 40km two lap cycle and Cartmell showed his strength on the bike to come into T2 ahead of Roberts. However he could not hold his lead and was overtaken on the undulating semi off-road 10km run course by Roberts who dug deep to win in a time of 2:00:26. Paul Kerr (University of Edinburgh Triathlon Club) was third in 2:03:54.

In the female race, Debbie Moore was out first out of the water by a clear minute, and gained a further four minutes on the cycle. Comfortably ahead, she remained unchallenged in the run and took the victory in a time of 2:14:28. In second place was Kirsty O’Brien (Lanark Triathlon Club) in 2:23:04 and Lynsey Henderson (Shetland Triathlon Club) in 2:31:31.

Speaking of his win Roberts said: “I knew it was always going to be a touch race out there, especially with the conditions, and the course being really hilly especially on the run.

“I just had a plan to maybe get a little gap out of the swim and hold on during the bike to Fraser and stay within touching distance so I could out-run him, hopefully, and that plan paid off in the end”

Moore commented: “I played on my strength on the bike because this is a home race. I know the bike course and it is a good, honest course so I just tried to pound the bike.

She continued:

“I’ve been a bit unwell this week – I think it could be from my hen weekend last weekend, so I’m quite happy to come away with the win. I’ll consider it a long taper!”
Congratulations to Debbie for her upcoming wedding and thanks to hosts Fleet Feet Triathletes, Bert McIntosh of MPH Plant Hire and in particular, race director Eilidh Clarkson and her fantastic volunteer team for being so welcoming.

The 2018 Scottish National Championship event series will be announced in November. Thank you to all of our members who have supported the series in 2017 and to all of our event hosts. We could not do it without you!

The Scottish National Standard Distance Championship age group winners are below and the full results are here.

Overall & Senior Male

1st – Douglas Roberts 2:00:27
2nd – Fraser Cartmell 2:01:54
3rd – Paul Kerr 2:03:54

Junior Male

1st Luke Williams 2:13:18

Veteran Male

1st Andy Turnbull 2:11:46
2nd Adam Chmielowski 2:12:24
3rd Martin Goodlad 2:17:17

Super Veteran Male

1st Mike Harvey 2:20:07
2nd Will Manners 2:26:25
3rd Robert Hume 2:29:06

Vintage Male

1st William Bunyan 2:40:07
2nd Alastair Stewart 2:44:53
3rd Graham Ritchie 3:06:16

Super Vintage Male

1st Doug Wood 03:12:59

Overall & Senior Female

1st Debbie Moore 02;14:29
2nd Kirsty O’Brien 2:23:05
3rd Lynsey Henderson 2:31:31

Veteran Female

1st Lynne Parkinson 2:34:17
2nd Lorna Todd 2:39:07
3rd Christina MacKenzie 2:41:25

Super Veteran Female

1st Helen Winton 2:44:31
2nd Anne Peat 2:47:08
3rd Ingrid Machell 2:47:41

Vintage Female

1st Susan McKay 3:05:14
2nd Gillian Kennedy 4:07:45

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