East Fife Tri Club

Race Report August 2016

Dublin- on Sunday 14th August Jamie Macdonald and Elise Methven raced in the Dublin Ironman 70.3, an excellent event well recommended for those looking for a middle distance triathlon. Conditions on the day seemed near perfect with light breezes and cloud cover ensuring it remained a comfortable temperature.  There seemed to be no chance of rain, however this proved not to be the case while out on the bike course which unfortunately proved problematic for many of the riders, when they hit a slippery section, causing many accidents. Fortunately Elise and Jamie both managed to avoid incident and completely the course safely. Elise had a fantastic race, emerging from the water in first position in her category.  She maintained top 5 position after the bike course and eventually finished in 6th position in a time of 5:25:46. Jamie also had a great race, and despite feeling quite ill during the run, persevered and finished in a time of 5:50:29.

And on the same day Marcus Taylor raced in the British Standard Championships in Liverpool, naturally a very competitive field, where he finished 20th in his category with a time of 2.12.30.

Aberfeldy- on Sunday 21st August. Adrian Wood and Neil Millar completed the Aberfeldy middle distance triathlon which once again hosted the Scottish championships.  This is a stunning event in a beautiful setting and conditions on the day could not have been more perfect.  Cold water and a notoriously hilly bike route provide a challenging course, however both Adrian and Neil put in superb performances, with Adrian finishing in 6:44:25 and Neil in 6:00:14.
Perth - the Perth Relay Wild triathlon took place on the same day.  This race has a different format, whereby teams of 4 all complete a full, but short course triathlon, before handing over to the next team member.  East Fife Tri had two teams entered - the Z team comprising Marcus Taylor, Marianne Berghuis, Jennifer Brook and Neil Pirie, and the Bobcats comprising Clara Anderson, Jan Constable, Kerry Simpson and Shona Small. The Z team claimed 3rd position of the mixed teams, and of particular note is that all the ladies competing were taking part in only their second triathlon!

On the 27th August Falkland estate hosted the Scottish Trail Running Championships which was a challenging 7.4 mile route with long climbs.  Steve Macfarlane finished in 50.57, Adrian Wood in 53.41, Jennifer MacFarlane in 57.11 and Jane Askey in 1.22.54, claiming 2nd prize in category too.

The next day was the Barry Buddon Half marathon near Monifieth on a windy and exposed course. Marcus Taylor ran in 1.31.50, and Linda Hardie claimed the F65 prize in a time of 2.10.41.

Also on 28th August James Logan completed his first Ironman full distance race in Vichy, France and finished in an incredible 11 hours 7 minutes.

And the Scottish Championship Standard race was held at Lochore on the same day.  Neil Pirie raced and finished in 2.41.15.  Findlay Baillie raced in the Tristars 3 and finished 9th, and Anna Hedley and Ruby Methven raced in Tristars 2 winning 1st and 2nd prizes respectively!  Isla Hedley also raced  here and finished 6th, very well done to her too!



Race report 8th August

A few alternative events in recent weeks!

At the end of July, Chris Wallard and Sally Newman-Carter travelled to London participate in Ride London on 31st July, which is a 100 mile sportive, billed as the London Marathon on wheels and sees over 26,000 cyclists ride the course.  This is its 4th year and is a legacy of the 2012 Olympics which contributed to the growth in cycling in the UK. Sally was fortunate not to have her ride disrupted and completed in 5:31:48 beating her PB by 5 mins. Chris, however, was delayed by an hour and a half when he was caught behind a serious crash which caused thousands of cyclists to be at standstill and then diverted through an alternative route.  His official finish time was 7:31:12.

On the 6th August, Adrian Wood took part in the Elie Triathlon, a relaxed local event comprising a 600m Swim, 29km Bike and 6km run. Adrian came 13th completing in 1.40.28.

The following day in Aviemore, the Scottish Championship Cross triathlon race was held at Badaguish in very windy conditions, making the swim very challenging in choppy water.  Fiona Lothian hoped to repeat her success from last year and defend her Championship title.  We are delighted to report that she did indeed finish 1st in her category in 2:43:11 and became female super vet Scottish Champion two years running!

A shorter version of this race is held the same day and Neil Pirie and Mark Snowden both raced and finished 9th and 10th in their categories in 1:21:34 and 1:30:43 respectively.

On the same day, battling the same windy conditions, Rebecca Trengove completed the Tour o’ the Borders sportive from Peebles, following a 120km route taking in 5 climbs, two of which particularly big and with gradients of 20%. Gusts of over 40mph made for a challenging and often dangerous environment.  Nevertheless Rebecca enjoyed the event and finished in 4:53:53.

Well done to all!



Race Report 28th June

On Sunday 19th June, the Bruce Sprint Triathlon was held at Lochore Meadows near Lochgelly.  It was a beautiful setting in near perfect conditions.  Competitors had a bit of a surprise in the swim as what should have been a 750m distance extended to closer to 1000m without warning, but nevertheless the event was a great success. We had several members racing: Elise Methven came 2nd in Category in 1:25:58, Craig Trewartha completed his first open water triathlon, finishing in 1:28:17, Sally Newman-Carter finished in 1:39:26 and Chris Wallard finished in 1:41:17. 

Chris’ daughter Maddy also had a fantastic day competing in the Juniors’ Aquathlon which was held after the adults triathlon, coming 3rd in her Tristars 1 race, and Findlay Baillie also raced, finishing 5th in Tristars 3.

Robert Sparks raced at Hetton in the European Youth Championships qualifier race, in a very competitive field finishing 27th, with another 2 years still to race in this age group!

The Hedley sisters and Jessica Bucket were at the Scottish National youth champs in Bellahouston.  Freya finished 8th in Tristar 1, in her first triathlon, Anna and Isla raced in Tristars 2 with Anna finishing 2nd and Isla in 5th.

The 3rd in the Skull mountain trail race series took place on 21st June, and Craig Trewartha completed in 39.52, finishing 5th in his category.




July Race Report

July has been a busy month, with a great variety of events across all disciplines.

The 1st July saw the Sandy Slither – a 6.1 mile running race from Lower Largo to Elie.  Members’ results were: Adrian Wood 46.03, Alasdair Hood 48.00 and Janie Askey 1.17.02.  The same weekend, Tricia Wallace completed the Great Manchester Swim on 2nd July in 44.43.

Glenrothes Tri Club hosted their Balbirnie Duathlon on 7th July, a challenging and hilly event that comprises run-bike-run. EFT were well represented and we achieved a podium place from Andrew Brierley who came 3rd overall in a time of 1.06.21, followed by Shona Graham in 1.38.06, Alison Sparks in 1.38.30, Tricia Wallace in 1.38.34, Linda Hardie in 1.42.45 and Tracey McFee in  1.49.08.

The 9th and 10th of July was another busy weekend:

The Long Course Weekend was held in South Wales, which is the Ironman course spread over 3 days. Samantha MacDonald did the short swim and the bike and husband Jamie did the full swim and bike. Marcus Taylor completed the whole event, nursing an Achilles injury throughout the whole run, which sadly might take him out of action for most of the rest of the season.

The inaugural Spey 5km swim was held in Kingussie in the Highlands with a great turnout from EFT. The course followed the river downstream to Loch Insh.  Sally Newman-Carter completed in 1.38.37, Alex Voss in 1.39.38, Gary Waugh in 1.41.40, Jane Staal in 1.54.53 and Mary Riffkin in 2.03.58. 

The following day M3 held the Scottish Championships Sprint Triathlon in Monikie, at which we held our club champs event.  A sunny start to the day quickly turned to torrential rain for the race, but despite this, we had some fantastic results.  Robert Sparks, competing in his first adult distance event, and Jane Askey both claimed Scottish Champion titles winning their respective categories finishing in 1.06.57 and 2.07.23.  Excellent performances from everyone else as well, with several sprint distance debuts being made; Alasdair Hood 1.23.20, Craig Trewartha 1.20.16, Adrian Wood 1.25.27, Gwen Tivendale 1.29 approx, JF Geyer 1.31.36, Sally Newman Carter 1.32.32, Tricia Wallace 1.43.50, Jennifer Brookes 1.43.41 and Suzanne Dolan 1.54.45.  Robert and Gwen claimed the Club Champs prize finishing as fastest male and female of the club.

On the 16th July the inaugural Ochill Hills Sportive starting in Dunfermline and following a hilly and challenging course. Sally Newman-Carter opted for the 77 mile route which she completed in 5.25.06.  Meanwhile at the Knockburn tri festival hosted by Fleet Feet tri club, our club juniors were having great success with podium spots for all.  Ruby Methven finished 2nd girl in Tristar 2,  Findlay Baillie came 1st boy in Tristar 3 and Mhairi Noble 2nd girl in Tristar 3. The following day, Fleet Feet hosted their Standard Distance race, where Elise Methven (Ruby’s mother) finished as 1st vet in 2.38.34, Sally Newman-Carter and Adrian Wood competed as relay team claiming 1st prize in 2.41.50, and Alasdair Hood finished in 2.43.15.


To round off the month, Sally Newman-Carter travelled to Richmond in North Yorkshire to compete in the Steelman Middle Distance triathlon on 23rd July. She was happy to complete in 6:30:17.

Race Report 12th June

An immense amount of racing over the last two weeks, it is wonderful to see everyone of all levels so active!

Fife AC held the 3rd event in their midweek series at Hill of Tarvit, with a 5.3 mile trail race on 1st June.  Great results from all with Adrian Wood finishing in 42.46, Craig Trewartha in 43.47, Fiona Lothian in 46.56, Gwen Tivendale in 48.34 and Jane Askey in 1.12.35.

The Black Rock 5 mile beach race was held on Friday 3rd June with great participation from club members, with finishing times as follows: Adrian Wood - 31:20, Craig Trewartha - 32:52, Tricia Wallace - 40:36 and Heidi Orr - 1:16:43.


Last weekend was busy with lots of major events including Montrose triathlon, Strathclyde Park triathlon festival and Stirling triathlons on the 4th and 5th June. 

At Stirling, Tricia Wallace completed her first Sprint Tri in 1:38:36 and “totally loved it”.  Adrian Wood saw more improvements to his time, completing in 1.22.58, and Jess Bucket, one of our youth members competed in Tristar 3 coming 6th overall in 29:36.

Great success at Strathclyde with some of our youngest and oldest members achieving podium spots!  Jane Askey came first in her category once again and Anna Hedley placing 2nd in her first open water triathlon.  Robert Sparks once again raced well finishing 4th in his race.

At Montrose, Marcus Taylor had an excellent race, and despite some moments of bad luck and a niggling injury, managed a 4th place finish (2nd in category), finishing only moments after the bronze position in 1:09:48.  Lynn Hardie also competed, finishing in 1:52:33 and exceeded her own expectations by seeing great improvements with her swim. Very well done.

Alastair hood enjoyed a great weekend running in the Highlander Mountain Marathon. He completed 6h 5mins on day one with 1600m of climbing and 5h 23m on day 2 with 1400m of ups.  A tremendous performance in very hot weather conditions!


JF Geyer swam the Tay on Saturday in a non wetsuit event, but didn’t feel that was enough, so also ran on West Sands on Sunday, which was the scene of the Chariots of Fire beach race.  Also running there were Tracey Mcfee, Marianne Berghuis, Chris Wallard and Heidi Orr.  Rising Star Ruby Methven also claimed the first prize for the girls in the children’s race!


On 11th June Fleet Feet Tri Club hosted their sprint race at Knockburn where Elise Methven and Adrian Wood competed.  Elise continued her winning form finishing in 1:12:57 as 2nd female overall and 1st in her category, and Adrian finished in 1:16:57.


Gwen Tivendale completed her first long distance cycling event on the same day, in the Edinburgh to St Andrews Sportive, a 70 mile route, showing excellent progress!


Neil Pirie travelled to Staffordshire to race in the Ironman 70.3, his first time at this distance.  He finished in 6:08:51



Very well done all!


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