Weekend Review 7-8 October9th Oct 2017 | Written by Carolyn Reid
Performance squad athletes Cameron Main and Kate Gallagher travelled to Melilla in Spain this weekend to compete in the ETU Junior European cup. This was Cameron’s third European cup start of the season and after a missing out on the first pack after the swim, he worked hard to keep the gap close with the second pack. He completed the race with a strong run to finish in 13th place. Kate also had a fantastic race in her first ever European cup start. The course was a good fit for her with long runs in and out of the swim. Finishing the swim in 19th, Kate worked hard to move up to 16th off the bike and completed the race in 7th position after recording the second fastest run of the day. Full results from the event can be found here.
Back at home in Oban, the unique and challenging Craggy Triahtlon took place crossing the sound to the Isle of Kerrera. Over two days of competition more than 480 competitors lined up on the start line. The race starts competitors on the mainland and has them swim 550m across to an island to complete the 14km MTB and 8km hill run sections. It is a quirky event that truly challenges competitors. The day one winners were Andy King (1:32:17) and Anne Lloyd Evans (1:45:13). Day two winners were Grangemouth Triathlon Club’s Elliot Stedman (1:31:50) and Marie Meldrum (1:42:20) who was also first female veteran. Check out the full results from the two days of racing, including the youth triathlon event here.
The Stirling Aquathlon and inaugural Aquabike also took place this weekend. The sun was shining in Stirling as Tom Graham-Marr (Stirling Triathlon Club) and Cliona Ferguson won the Men and Women’s Adult Aquathlon races respectively. The inaugural Aquabike was a great success for Stirling Triathlon Club as they took the top three finishing times in the Men’s race with Andy Turnbull, Alexander Harris and Elliot Harris. The women’s race was won by Edinburgh University Triathlon Club’s Emma Wood racing in the veteran category. Ingrid Kidd (M3) took first place in the senior category and second overall. In addition to all the adults racing, almost 100 children from Tristar Start to Youth lined up on the start line for a fantastic race, many hoping to earn their final Legends Ranking Series points! Check out the full list of results here!
The Stirling event also included the 2017 Scottish Student Triathlon (SST) Aquathlon Championships. University of Stirling athlete Luca Fanottoli took first place in the men’s race while team mate Phoebe Lloyd-Evans was beaten to the top spot by Edinburgh University’s Naomi Lang in the women’s race. Full race results can be found here.
The University of St Andrews Triathlon club also hosted their Autumn Duathlon this weekend. The event included over 60 athletes ranging from Junior to Vintage. Enjoying the same sunny weather as Stirling, the race was a great success. Ritchie Nicholls completed the course in 1:01:11 taking the top spot for the men while veteran Laura Kent was the first woman to cross the finish line in 1:11:30. Vintage competitor Alistair Stewart had an excellent race, finishing 16th male overall and ahead of many senior and veteran athletes! Full race results here.
Congratulations to everyone that raced this weekend!