East Fife Tri Club

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!


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