East Fife Tri Club

April Race Report

April marked the official start of the triathlon season, and one of the first races to get stuck into was our own Cupar tri.  But before that, there was still time to squeeze a few other events in for Alasdair Hood and Marcus Taylor.

Alasdair started the month at the John Muir Way Ultra Marathon, a 50km trail race near Edinburgh.  He completed it in an impressive 5:10 and commented only that he was ‘tender’ the next day! Hero.

Marcus flirted with divorce on 2nd April by fitting in the Liverpool half marathon before racing across the city to get to his new God Son’s christening.  He made it in time though, thanks to a fantastic time of 1.23.03, claiming a new PB!

Marcus’ final prep for the East Fife Triathlon was a 5km Swimathon on the 7th April, which he completed in 1:19:15.  This is a nationwide charity event raising money for Marie Curie.  It is arguable that this is not ideal tapering for a race two days later, but Marcus doesn’t like to conform!

On the 9th April the club banded together to put on the annual Cupar Tri.  This year, along with our usual sprint and novice race, we held our inaugural Tristars Aquathlon, which we hope will become a regular feature of the event.  We also trialled a new run route to add a mixed terrain race, with some fun hills to raise the challenge.  Thankfully this was well received and we’ll plan to include this in future races!

Most of our members were recruited for the day (though those who raced also helped before and after!) but the racers’ results were as follows:

Name                          Category Pos                  Time


Marcus Taylor                8th                                         1.10.50

Jane Askey                   1st                                2.16.01

Matt Daly                     36th                              1.31.51



Finlay Baillie                1st and Overall 1st            51.40

Mairi Noble                  2nd                               1.00.09

Andy Anderson            4th                                 1.02.45

Lyall Constable            2nd                                1.05.15


Two weeks later, on the 23rd April, it was all go across the whole country, from London to Loch Ness! 

Elise Methven headed south to take part in the coveted London Marathon, and put some demons to bed by smashing her marathon PB in a time of 3.39.12! She has now earnt herself a GFA place to race there again next year. Well done Elise!

Sally Newman-Carter also took on a run in a great city, though not such a distance!  The Great Edinburgh Run is a 10 mile road race taking in some of the most beautiful parts of the city, over quite a hilly course, starting and finishing in Holyrood Park.  She completed it in 1.29.13.

St Andrews University hosted the St Andrews Spring Sprint Triathlon. This is a pool based swim, with a bike to the south of the town and a glorious finish to the run along East Sands Beach promenade.  Well done to Brooke Gillies, Adrian Wood and Jennifer Brooke who all racedFantastic results too: Brooke claimed 1st place in category and 6th female overall in a time of 1.21.19, Adrian came in in 1.28.14 and Jennifer in 1.48.56.

And Tricia Wallace made her way up to the north for the Etape Loch Ness. She completed the 66 mile closed road sportive in a time of 5:01:08. 

And to finish the month, there was a massive club turnout at the Kinross Sportive on the 29th.  There is a choice of 3 routes of varying distances, making it a perfect event for all standards.

Doing the 44 mile blue route were Tricia Wallace in 3.04.41 (3rd woman, ‘fair chuffed’!), Linda Hardie in 3.24.31 and Marianne Berghuis in 3.33.37.

Completing the 68 mile red route were Jennifer and Steve Macfarlane in 5.54.00 and 5.54.03 (good of Jen to let Steve draft off her the whole way, but glad she pipped him at the post), Gwen Tivendale in 5.51.32, Chris Wallard in 5.51.36, Tone Brennan in 5.51.34 and Jackie Scanlon in 5.51.34.

Slogging their way round the 87 mile black route (with over 5500 feet of climbing) were Craig Trewartha in a very impressive time of 5.58.37, Sally Newman-Carter in 7.04.31 and Adrian Wood in 7.20.12, seeing massive improvements over last year’s time!

Great month folks! Keep it up!



Winter Race Report 2016-2017

As usual, activity over the winter dies down a lot, but that’s not to say everyone hibernates!  Running races remain popular and the excellent winter duathlon series at Monikie is a favourite event to keep the multi-discipline fanatics going!

The Monikie Duathlons are for the hardy, a series of three races spanning December to March, with a high probability of bad weather or frost!  Half the challenge is remaining unafflicted by illness throughout all three events to be able to complete the series!

Four of our hardy warriors made the startline in December, and two continued to the end! Well done to Andy Anderson and Suzanne Dolan for completing race 1 in 1.13.50 and 1.15.15 respectively, and to Adrian Wood and Jane Askey for getting through all three (1.05.41, 1.26.25, 1.25.58 and 1.35.40, 2.11.47 and 2.17.54 respectively) and giving Jane a 1st in category in the process.

Clara Anderson got the year off to a cracking start, by taking part in the New Year’s Day triathlon in Edinburgh.  Whilst the rest of us tried to shake off our hangovers, Clara was swim-bike-running at the commonwealth pool and around Holyrood Park in a time of 2.14.32. An example to us all!

Marcus Taylor, always one to stay active, took part in the Wirral Way Trail half marathon on January 9th.  Starting the year as he meant to go on, he finished in 1.26.06 in 7th position! Excellent performance!

February also saw plenty of off road running races.  

Alasdair Hood took part in the Carnethy 5 hill race in the Pentland hills on the 11th. A 6 mile race taking in 5 hills with around 760m of climbing in less than ideal conditions with 40mph winds, snow and fog, Alasdair said “It was hell for only 1hr 18mins!!”

On the 14th, Marcus took away some important lessons at the Fox Trail Harvest Moon Half Marathon, which was his first proper trail race.  He commented afterwards with advice for fellow trail newbies: “If it says trail in the name it’s not going to be a road race. It will probably be muddy and a little slippy, trail shoes would be a good idea. Buy trail shoes for a trail race. Again, you will need TRAIL SHOES for a trail race. Road shoes will show your immaturity and cause others to snigger when you look like Bambi running through a forest.  Lastly take a spare change kit. Shoes, trousers, socks, t-shirt, bra (if you wear one) oh and TRAIL SHOES!”  Despite not being entirely prepared, he still managed 8th place in a time of 1.33.41. And says he would do it again.  But with trail shoes.

The Devilla Forest 15K Trail Race was held on the 20th near Kincardine.  Adrian Wood finished in 1hr 11min 48sec, Craig Trewartha 1hr 12min 44sec and Jane Askey 2hr 3min 22sec – which was 1st in her category as usual!

March saw the usual faces (namely Marcus and Adrian) keeping busy!  On the 4th Fife AC held their annual Cupar 5 mile road race with a particularly competitive field including Team GB Rio Olympic & Paralympic marathon runners.  Marcus finished 25th in 29.50, Adrian 54th in 32.00 and Neil Millar 59th in 32.51.

On the 18th, Marcus travelled to Glasgow for the Redbull Neptune Steps, a swimming race with a difference.  Swimming UPHILL up the Maryhill Locks, competitors must swim 420m interrupted by various obstacles and challenges such as cargo nets, rope ladders and climbing walls.  Marcus made it through the first heats and into the semi final!  Great prep for the half marathon the next day…

There was a great club turn out at the Alloa Half Marathon on 19th March.  An increasingly popular race, in recent years they have seen numbers swell to nearly 3000 runners!  The weather was far more pleasant on the day than was forecast, but maintained a strong headwind for much of the route, causing a bit of disappointment in the finish times for many!  Results were:Steve Macfarlane 1.26.46, Marcus Taylor 1.31.33, Adrian Wood 1.35.11, Elise Methven 1.45.02, Chris Wallard 1.46.24, and Sally Newman-Carter 1.59.36.

On 27th March, Stirling Triathlon Club hosted the Scottish Duathlon Championship at the Stirling Duathlon. This was a standard distance race, which Jane Askey raced, finishing 1st in Category in a time of 4.01.34 and claiming the Scottish title in the process!  Robert Sparks also raced in the sprint distance race which was held at the same event.  He also had great success, finishing 1st in category and 2nd male overall in a time of 1.11.36.  Well done team!


Race Report October 2016

Members of the club have been racing a variety of distances over the past few weeks with some great success stories; On Oct 2nd Sally Newman-Carter and Jamie MacDonald competed in Ironman Barcelona, one of the most spectacular Ironman race venues on the circuit.  Comprising a 3,800m swim in the warm waters of the Med, a flat and fast 180km cycle all followed up with a 42.2km run (yes, a marathon!) this race is not for the faint hearted nor the ill-prepared.  Sally overcame serious injury in the lead up to the event and was plagued with bike troubles throughout the race, in spite of this she managed to surpass her expectations with a fantastic overall time of 12:42:31.  Jamie also had a great race finishing in an overall time of 13:41:27. Huge well done to both of you.

Competing a little closer to home that weekend, Adrian Wood, Clara Anderson and Brooke Gillies all took on the St Andrews University Triathlon Clubs Autumn Duathlon.  This well organised event comprised of a 5km run in the university grounds followed by a 20km bike out towards Strathkinnes and then back into the town where competitors then took on a final 2,5km run.  Adrian was first over the line for the club with a personal best time of 1:16:40 followed by Brooke in 1:25:28 and Clara in 1:55:33.

 On the 8th October, Durty Events held their famous and ever popular Craggy Island triathlon in Oban.  A beautiful and unique course, it has competitors swimming from the mainland to the Island of Kerrera, where a mountain bike course circum-navigates the island, and the hilly run route takes in the island’s highest point Carn Breugach.  Jennifer Brooke and  Tracey McFee both took on the challenge and finished the demanding race in 2:35:45 and 2:46:35 respectively.

On the 9th October, Jennifer McFarlane took on her first marathon in over 10 years, travelling to Budapest to raise money for Cancer Research. She finished the race in an impressive 3:49.

Several members of the East Fife Triathlon Club juniors competed in the popular Stirling aquathlon the following weekend with Cameron McDonald, Oscar Tivendale, Freya Hedley, Maddy Wallard and Eilish Noble all racing the Tristars 1 category (9-10). For many this was their first ever multi sport event and all competed strongly over the tough combination of swim/run distances.

One of the days highlights came in the Tristars 2 event (11-12) where our junior girls dominated the race with Anna Hedley 1st, Isla Hedley 2nd and Ruby Methven 3rd.  Hamish Noble had a great race in this category putting in a strong run following a great swim. 

In the Tristars 3 event (13-14), Findlay Baillie, Jessica Bucket and Mairi Noble all gave strong performances over the longer distances and finally Robert Sparks narrowly missed out on a podium position finishing 4th in his category after a determined performance.

The Aviemore half marathon was held on 16th October, through Glenmore Forrest and near to Loch Morlich.  Marcus Taylor raced and finished in 1:27:46, coming 53/1270. An excellent result especially after coming back from injury. 

Well done all!


Race Report October-November 2016

Whilst the triathlon season has effectively come to an end, the off season is a great time to enjoy other types of races, and club members have been enjoying some great running races!

One of the final multisport events of the season took place on 29th October in Dundee at the University Aquathlon, which was the Scottish Student Championship race.  Eilidh Smyth had a fantastic race, finishing 2nd female and 20th Overall, in a time of 34.21 minutes.  Marcus Taylor and Adrian Wood also raced well.  Marcus finished 7th overall in a time of 30.44, and Adrian finished 39th overall, and 2nd in category in 36.47. Excellent results in an extremely competitive field!

Saturday 5th November, Craig Trewartha took on the Glenogle 33, his biggest running challenge to date.  He said of the event: “On a glorious November's day we set off from Killin on a 33 mile course that passed over the Glen Ogle viaduct, through Lochearnhead, past Rob Roy’s grave in Balquidder before looping around Strathyre and heading back towards Killin again. The route included sections on road, cycle paths, trails and steep forest tracks. Despite some nutritional issues and muscle cramps at mile 27 (thank goodness for the fellow runner who handed me two McDonalds salt sachets to neck!) I completed the course in a moving time of 5hr 25 and an official gun to tape time of 5hrs 38mins. Despite its gruelling nature I haven't been put off doing another!! I think the attached photo perfectly conveys how much fun I had!!”

The following day, Dundee Road Runners held their ever popular Templeton 10.  This a great 10 mile course, notorious for being challenging with a few hills and frequently windy.   Marcus Taylor finished in 1:06.39, pleased to beat his time from last year, Tracey McFee in 1.41.07, Lynn Hardie in 1.42.31 and Jane Askey in 1.57.36.

Another extremely popular race is the Glen Clova half marathon which was held on Saturday 12th November.  Known for its stunning setting, this race is always a must in the winter calendar, but only Adrian Wood was lucky enough to secure an entry this year.  He ran a great race finishing in 1.33.34.

Very well done to all!

Race Report September 2016

The first weekend in September was a busy one, with multiple events taking place on the 4th:

Down in North Yorkshire, the Rubicon middle distance triathlon was changed to a duathlon at the last minute, with the swim being replaced with 5km run.  Sally Newman-Carter raced and completed in 5:37 finishing 6th in category.

At the Inch by Inch swim run at Loch Lomond, Elise Methven and team mate Barbara Sweeney claimed 1st prize and broke the female course record.  This race comprises 8km of swimming and 25km of running over challenging and hilly terrain. Alasdair Hood and son Andrew also raced as a team finishing in 6 hours 19 minutes.

Marcus Taylor travelled to Austria to represent GB in the European Middle Distance Championships.  Persevering despite a virus, he finished in 5.20, and managed a PB on the swim.

Tricia Wallace ran the Glenmore 24, a 12 hour running race, completing an incredible 46 miles around laps in Glenmore Forest in the Highlands.

The following weekend, on 11th, Jess Bucket took 3rd place at the West Lothian triathlon, very well done!  Over the course of the week of 10th to 18th September, Chris Wallard took part in LEJOG, which is cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats - 1000 miles in total over 9 days, covering over 100 miles every day.  He has raised over £3000 for Alzheimer’s Research, and apparently still loves cycling.

On 17th September West Sands in St Andrews was the location of the inaugural ‘Splash & Dash’ Beach Race which was a 4.2 mile race along the sand and through the water.  Adrian Wood finished in 7th place in a time of 28.02.

On Saturday 24th September, the Len Read Memorial Ride took place around the East Neuk of Fife, and Adrian Wood, Alasdair Hood and Gwen Tivendale completed the 50 mile route.  And the following day the Ainster Haddies hosted their annual event the East Neuk 10k.  Neil Millar came 19th in 39.24, Adrian Wood 51st in 42.11, and Craig Trewartha 59th in 43.44

A great month of racing, well done to all of you!


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