East Fife Tri Club

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!


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