East Fife Tri Club

Race Report - winter 2015-2016

The triathlon season approaches, but the off season has still been a busy period for Tri club members. 

Two popular series of races were well attended: Monikie Duathlons and Frostbite Trail races in Falkland.

At Monikie, Adrian Wood, Alasdair Hood and Jane Askey completed the whole series, with Jane claiming first place in her category.  Sally Newman-Carter, Chris Wallard and Craig Trewartha also made appearances through the series.

At Frostbite, Tracey McFee, Kirsty Maitland, Linda Hardie, Jane Staal, Sally Newman-Carter, Clara Anderson, Adrian Wood and Chris Wallard all battled the mud and trails over the series of four races.

The Devila Forest 15km race took place on the 21st February, with Adrian Wood, Jane Askey and new member Tony Martin taking part. Tony and Jane both claimed the top spots in their respective age groups.

Robert Sparks has continued a successful cross country season, winning the Scottish Inter Districts U15 on 9th January and achieving a very close second place at the Scottish Nationals U15 on the 27th February.


Marcus Taylor set his season off to an excellent start, racing at the Aboyne Duathlon on what was a beautiful sunny day, ideal conditions.  He achieved a close 2nd overall, and 1st in his category.


Race Report - November

St Andrews University held their annual duathlon on the 25th October, which consists of a 5km Run, 23K Bike, 2.5K Run. Adrian Wood competed and showed significant improvements on his previous year’s time, finishing in 1.26.18 - 12th in his category.

On the 31st October, Alasdair Hood participated as part of a team in the Relentless 24.  This is a mountain bike race, where teams aim to complete as many laps as possible within a 24 hour period.  The course was technical in places, but the real challenge comes from the endurance of the event.  Fortunately the previous night’s storms cleared and weather improved over the duration of the race.  Alasdair’s team of 4 and ended up second overall in their category. Very well done!

Dundee Road Runners held their ever popular ‘Templeton 10’ on the 1st November.  This is a 10 mile road race, over a pretty route to the north of Dundee.  Tracy McFee and Lynn Hardie both ran, finishing in 98.32 and 99.17 respectively.  Following this, both ladies also ran in the Glen Clova half marathon on the 14th November.  A beautiful course, known for being a challenging and hilly route, it was as well attended as ever.  Adrian Wood finished in 1:38:29, Tracey in 2.07.41 and Lynn in 2.07.42.

22nd November saw the first of the Frostbite series held by Falkland trail runners in the Falkland estate.  This was well attended by club members.  Results were: Adrian Wood 26.54, Chris Wallard 30.14, Kirsty Maitland 33.24, Tracey McFee 35.01, Sally Newman-Carter 36.58, Lynn Hardie 37.34 and Clara Anderson 45.52 and the race was enjoyed by all.  The series continues with 3 more events over the winter.


Race Report, September 22nd 2015

As the season draws towards an end, a few hardy members of the club have participated in some of the closing events of the summer. 

One of the favourites in the calendar is Craggy Island Triathlon, which takes place from Oban, starting on the mainland and swimming to the Isle of Kerrera where the mountain bike course and hill run take place.  The event is so popular that they hold two races over the weekend to accommodate demand!

On the Saturday race, Andrew Hood, his father Alistair Hood and Aaron Anderson all raced.  Andrew proudly came in first in a time of 1:27, Alistair followed in 33rd position in 1:47, and Aaron finished soon after in 2:01. Jane Staal also competed as part of a relay team which completed in 1:57.

Tracey McFee took part in the Sunday race and finished in 3:00.

Tracey obviously has a taste for the off road, as she followed her achievements in Oban with a challenging race in Glen Clova at the ‘Xtreme Duathlon’.  A 27 km bike course precedes a 14km hill run which takes in two Munros, and then a final 6km sprint on the bike brings competitors to the finish line.  Tracey’s provisional time was 4:46.  Sadly the race was spoiled by saboteurs who changed some of the signage causing some of the earlier runners to have 6 miles added to their route.  Tracey was very relieved not to have been one of the people affected!

Cris Wilson also put in a superb performance at the Crathes Half Marathon near Banchory.  Seeing consistent improvements, she achieved a convincing new PB, completing in 1:50:46.

We are now starting to look forward to the winter season, which is likely to be more focussed on duathlons and running events – there will still be plenty to keep us busy!

Race Report, October

There have been a few running races throughout October that have kept a few members busy!

Adrian Wood and Jane Askey have both taken part in the East Neuk 10k, Giffordtown 5k and the Tufty Trail race in Falkland. Adrian’s times were 43.38, 20.21 and 42.07 respectively and Jane’s were 66.30, 31.37 and 68.35.  Excellent performances from both as usual!

Stirling triathlon club also hosted its Autumn Aquathlon this month.  The club’s younger members had outstanding performances!  Robert Sparks continued his winning streak, finishing first in his age group, Ruby Methven finished 4th in her age group and Eilidh Smyth, even at only 17, won the adults’ ladies’ race!  We’re looking forward to seeing their progress in the future, well done to all!



Race Report, August 31st 2015

Further successes to report!

Perth Triathlon Club hosted its third annual Relay Wild Triathlon on Sunday the 23rd August.  This is a fairly new concept to the triathlon format, recently adopted by the ITU and proving popular for a change of pace.  The race consists of a very short course, 400m swim, 5.8km bike and 1.2km run.  Teams of four compete and each person in the team completes the course, and then tags their next team member until all four have completed the course.

EFT had two teams entered: Mandy Palmer-Norrie, Neil Pirie, Sally Newman-Carter and last minute step in Greig Thomson raced as the East Fife Try-ers and finished in a respectable 15th out of 36 teams in a time of 1.39.53. Elise Methven, Fiona Lothian, Fiona Bracegirdle and Eilidh Smith competed as the Four Feisty Fifey Wifies and proved a force to be reckoned with, finishing 1st female team and 4th overall in a time of 1.26.28!

Cris Wilson took part in the Fare Challenge Half Marathon on the same day, a particularly hilly course, and completed in an excellent time of 2.08.24.

The following weekend saw another busy and active Sunday, with many club members competing at the Edinburgh RC Triathlon festival at Lochore, the Cross Tri events in Aviemore and the Great Scottish Swim in Loch Lomond.

Stewart Wilson completed his first open water event at Loch Lomond, covering the mile race in 39.56!

At Lochore, in the Olympic distance triathlon, Rebecca Trengove claimed a spot on the podium, finishing as 3rd in category in 2.40.51 and Adrian Wood finished in 2.46.40.  Jamie MacDonald’s son Harvey and Elise Methven’s daughter Ruby both made their debuts in the Tristars races, with Ruby also claiming a prize as 3rd in her race!

In Aviemore, two Cross Tri events were held simultaneously – the mountain bike and trail running equivalent of sprint distance and standard distance races.  The long course hosted the final Scottish Championship race of the season, and Alasdair Hood, his son Andrew, and Fiona Lothian competed. Andrew put in a sterling performance finishing in 1.53.53 which secured him 3rd place overall!  Alasdair finished in 2.31.01 and Fiona in 2.27.48 which won her a place as Scottish Champion in her category!

In the short race, further successes were enjoyed by Adrian Allan claiming 2nd in category with 1.15.39, and Sally Newman-Carter also 2nd in category and 3rd female overall, with a time of 1.21.24.  Neil Pirie finished in 1.18.58 and Mark Snowden in 1.21.33


Superb participation and results too! Well done everyone!


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