East Fife Tri Club

Race Report June 2015

The final weekend in May is often a big weekend in the racing calendar.  The Edinburgh Marathon Festival took place, with club members racing in both of the main events.  Weather warnings of heavy rain and winds thankfully proved exaggerated though runners were still subjected to strong headwinds in the latter stages of the race.  Fortunately as always, the support from the crowds of spectators provided an electric atmosphere to cheer everyone on.  Cris Wilson and Sarah Johnson both gave superb performances by completing their first marathons.  Cris finished in 4:10:34 and Sarah in 4:27:40.  Adrian Wood ran in the half marathon event, putting in another consistently excellent performance, finishing in 1:37.  Sarah was also fundraising for Alzheimer Scotland and if you wish to donate, click here.

West Sands beach was alive with activity of the annual Chariots of Fire Beach Race, and club members Beverly Gibson, Luca Basso, Robert Sparks, Tone Brennan and Sally Newman-Carter all raced.  Beverly achieved a podium place, finishing third female in a time of 21.28.  Great performances also from Robert finishing 5th in 19:16 and Luca 12th in 19:41. Tone and Sally completed in 24:00 and 26:35 respectively.

Sprint triathlons were held in both Aberfeldy and Montrose, both comprising of a 750m pool swim, followed by a 20km bike ride and finishing with a 5km run.  Steve McFarlane took part at Aberfeldy, which is a popular race in the highlands, and despite the challenging hill run, Steve completed in 1:17.  Scott Robinson competed at Montrose and completed in 1:30.

Well done to all!

 

 

Race Report, May 25th 2015

On the 17th May, The Loch LoMan Triathlons were held at Loch Lomond.  In its debut year, events were held for sprint, standard and middle distance.  Conditions were forecast to be difficult, with persistent rain and wind before, during and after the events, and water temperatures of less than 11 degrees, meaning that the swim section needed to be shortened for safety reasons.

Luca Basso and Beverly Gibson took part in the middle distance event, which comprises the swim followed by a 91km cycle and 20km run on beautiful and challenging routes with many climbs and lovely views of the Loch.  Beverley finished 4th female and 1st in her category in 5:39 and Luca in 5:55. 

For full results click here

On the 24th May, the Scottish Championships Standard distance triathlon was hosted by Glasgow Triathlon Club.  Held at Strathclyde Park, the route, where possible, follows the Glasgow 2014 commonwealth games course.  The race comprised a 1500m swim in the loch, a 36km bike ride on closed roads and then a 10km run through Strathclyde Park.

A superbly run event, competitors enjoyed a scenic location and fair conditions, with the sun unexpectedly breaking out mid way through and winds only picking up towards the end.  Luca and Beverly once again put in superb performances, finishing in 2:25:44 and 2:23:18 respectively, with Beverly narrowly missing a podium place finishing fourth in her category.  Sally Newman-Carter and Neil Pirie also competed, both making their standard distance debuts and finishing with times of 2:42:01 and 2:45:30 respectively.  Fantastic results for all!

For full results click here.

Race Report May 2015

The triathlon season  is about to kick off, but recently, long distance running events have been prevalent amongst East Fife Tri Club members.

Cris Wilson took part in Run Balmoral, a tough 15 mile trail race.  Already contending with a hilly route, she was also caught in the wintry hail and snow showers, yet still completed in 2:25.

Elise Methven joined 40,000 other runners at the London marathon and easily cruised in with a time of 3:54:36.

Louise Burt ran the Hoka Highland Fling, which is a 53 mile trail race with around 7,500 feet of elevation.  This Ultramarathon follows the West Highland Way, starting in Milngavie and finishing in the highland village of Tyndrum.  Louise completed the route in a time of 9:57:17, finishing first in her category!

 

Well done Ladies!

Race Report May 12th 2015

Saturday 9th May saw Kinross Road Runners host their annual Loch Leven half marathon.  It is a beautiful course with lovely scenery, so a popular event.  However it is regarded as quite a difficult route with constant undulations and hills.  The weather on the day was much warmer than recent conditions, adding to the challenge.  Sally Newman-Carter, targeting a PB, was delighted with a finish time of 1:58:47 and Adrian Wood completed in 1:43:03.

On Sunday 10th May, a 10k trail race was held at Monikie Country Park.  Following a pretty route through the woods and around the reservoirs, runners were unfortunately subjected to muddy conditions in the rain.  Sally followed her half marathon success with a run that exceeded her own expectations finishing in 55:04.

Also on Sunday, Neil Pirie, Gavin Waterston and Linda Hardie took part in Etape Caledonia, a popular but challenging 82 mile Sportive on closed roads around the highlands, starting and finishing in Pitlochry.  Conditions were very wet making for a difficult ride, but all did extremely well.  Neil made a 55 minute improvement on his time from the previous year, finishing in 4:41:42.

Race Report April 2015

On Easter Sunday Aberdeenshire Council hosted the Knockburn Duathlon near Banchory which was part of its winter series, and club members Neil Pirie and Rhona Graham competed.  On a beautiful sunny day, quite different from conditions in other recent events, Neil and Rhona battled unseasonably high temperatures and both did exceedingly well.  The route comprises a 4.5km run, 17km bike ride and final 4.5km run. Neil finished in 1:24 and Rhona in 1:57, putting her in first place in her category!

On 12th April the club hosted its own Aquathlon in St Andrews and whilst many club members were active in the organisation and running of the event, several competed too. The adult race consisted of a 750m swim in the pool followed by a 5km run which started along the coastal path taking in some taxing hills along the way, before returning into the town and finishing on East Sands Beach.  Beverly Gibson and Jane Askey finished in 34:10 and 1:01:25 respectively, winning in their categories.  Neil Pirie and Adrian Wood also raced, finishing in 40:54 and 43:59 respectively.  Junior member Edie Urquhart competed in her individual race category, finishing her 400m swim and 3km run in 34:27.

 

Many congratulations to all!

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