2018 Scottish National Aquathlon Championships30th Jul 2018 | Written by Gemma Simpson
On Saturday 28 July we returned to Loch Lomond for the 6th Scottish National Championships of the 2018 season.
Hosted by Lomond Swimming and Triathlon Club, the Scottish National Aquathlon Championships is an event part of the Beastie Triathlon Festival, which incorporates a sprint cross triathlon event (the Beastie) and a novice friendly triathlon (the Wee Beastie) an the aquathlon is the Bikeless Beastie!
In typical Scottish form, in almost a carbon copy from last year, the conditions were universally wet / muddy with wind and heavy rain picking up in the afternoon, but at least the forecast lightening stayed away so that the races could progress as planned!
The schedule had the Beastie head off first at 9.30am, with 92 people racing from across Scotland. The Wee Beastie followed with 100 competitors, and then at 11am the Scottish Aquathlon Championships (Bikeless Beastie) began.
The Championship race, with 94 competitors, was a one wave deep water start, pushed out further from the pier this year due to the low water levels in the Loch.
2016 Champion Douglas Roberts was not on the start line, but 2016 Champion and Triathlon Scotland Development Squad member Cameron Harris was present, but with Lewis Strachan (unattached) and Luca Fanottoli (University of Stirling) alongside, it was set to be a fast and furious male race.
For the women’s race, four time Scottish National Aquathlon Champion, Natalie Stewart (née Milne) was again going for gold, with Triathlon Scotland Confirmation Squad member Sophia Green (Moray Firth Triathlon Club) and Keira Gore (Edinburgh Triathletes / Hartree JETS) ready to challenge.
The 750m swim began and the athletes surged through the water in an out and back loop. Harris smashed his way through the waters, exiting first in 10:02, followed by Strachan (10:04) and then Green as the first female (10:06), ahead of third place male Fanottoli (10:11). Shanae Williams from South Africa followed Green in 10:16, with Ailsa Beck (University of Stirling) in third (10:33).
Exiting the water, it is a steep uphill run to transition and following a very swift change in T1 it was onto the run, with Strachan leading onto the the two lap 5km course. It was Fanottoli though who found an extra gear to pass Strachan and Harris to complete the fastest run of the day (16:59) and to thunder across the line with a huge smile on his face in a time of 28:20. Harris and Strachan were neck and neck into the final straight, and glancing quickly behind, Harris accelerated to second place in 29:37 (18:22 run time) and Strachan third in 29:38 (run time 18:32).
In the women’s race, Green could not be touched, running 19:42 to finish in first place, and fifth overall in the race (31:00). In second place overall was Williams (31:54) and in third place, Stewart (32:53). In the Scottish Championships standings, Keira Gore had the fastest female run split of the day (19:36) to record 4thplace overall (32:42), but took Bronze place in the Scottish Championships behind Stewart (Silver) and Green (Gold).
Speaking after his race, Fanottoli who is studying Computer science at the University of Stirling said:
“It was a good race and first place was so unexpected for me, so I am so pleased and buzzing for this title!
“My aim was to just do my best from start to finish. In the swim I had Cameron and Lewis in front of me and I did my best to draft behind them and then get past on the run. There are no words I can say for my win!”
Green, who earlier in the year travelled to Gold Coast as reserve for the Commonwealth Games explained her race:
“My aim today was to get a good position in the swim, to sit on the boys feet and then to run strong and work hard on the hills.”
Talking about being overall Scottish Champion she said “It’s nice to see that all the hard work is paying off and I am delighted to be Scottish Champion overall for the first time!”
Triathlon Scotland would like to say a massive thank you to our hosts, Lomond Swimming and Triathlon Club, and their team of friendly marshals and event supporters.
Results from the Beastie and Wee Beastie can be found in our weekend report.
The next event in the Scottish Championships is the Scottish Middle Distance Triathlon Championships hosted by Edinburgh Triathlon Ltd and Durty Events at Loch Tay, Kenmore. For more information and to enter, click here.
For full results from the Scottish Aquathlon Championships, click here and your Scottish National Aquathlon Champions are:
|Overall Male||Overall Female|
|1st – Luca Fanottoli 28:20||1st – Sophia Green 31:00|
|2nd – Cameron Harris 29:37||2nd – Natalie Milne 32:23|
|3rd – Lewis Strachan 29:38||3rd – Keira Gore 32:42|
|Senior Male||Senior Female|
|1st – Luca Fanottoli 28:20||1st – Natalie Stewart 32:23|
|2nd – Cameron Harris 29:37||2nd – Keira Gore 32:42|
|3rd – Lewis Strachan 29:38||3rd – Emma Whyte 33:52|
|Youth (15-16) Male||Youth (15-16) Female|
|1st – Kyle Howie 33:07||1st – Natalie Curran 38:36|
|2nd – Calum Little 33:21||n/a|
|3rd – Lewis Anderson 34:33||n/a|
|Junior (17-19) Male||Junior (17-19) Female|
|1st – Benjamin MacMillan 31:09||1st – Sophia Green 31:00|
|2nd – Sam Burton 32:25||2nd – Ailsa Beck 35:13|
|3rd – Ross Acklam 34:25||3rd – Hannah Campbell 39:18|
|Veteran (40-49) Male||Veteran (40-49) Female|
|1st – Ian Logan 32:12||1st – Lorna Todd 35:59|
|2nd – Fergus McDowell 32:58||2nd – Arlene Lewis 36:30|
|3rd – David Horne 34:06||3rd – Marion Monk 38:33|
|Super Veteran (50-59) Male||Super Veteran (50-59) Female|
|1st – David Auchie 34:00||1st – Barbara Sweeney 40:03|
|2nd – Eric Wardle 35:59||2nd – Sarah Bryson 40:36|
|3rd – Ian Hannah 36:36||3rd –Martina Moore 44:13|
|Vintage (60-69) Male||Vintage (60-69) Female|
|1st – Michael Goddard 42:43||1st – Anita Dick 58:19|
|Super Vintage (70-79) Male||Super Vintage (70-79) Female|
|No competitors||No competitors|
|Classic (+80) Male
|Classic (+80) Female