Triathletes’ trip to Turiff a success
Shetland Triathlon Club members Andrew Grant, Bonar Barclay, Ewan Stirling and Lynsey Henderson competed at the Turiff sprint triathlon at the weekend, with Lynsey coming first in the women’s group.
The distances covered were a 750m swim, a 20km cycle and a 5km run. It was the first chance that some members had competed at a mainland triathlon competition.
The competition was set off in heats due to the 76 entries. First up for Shetland was Bonar and he held his own in the pool and kept a smooth speed in doing so, aiming to show his love of the hilly cycle course and come back to transition with a fast time.
Hot on Bonar’s heels in the next heat was Andrew who had much the same approach to the swim and was ready to unleash on the cycle leg of the race where he produced one of the fastest cycles out of all the competitors.
Both Bonar and Andrew continued on into the run at a good fast pace which they were able to maintain all the way to the end. That resulted in Andrew gaining fourth place and Bonar 11th in the senior men’s section.
Ewan and Lynsey had to wait and go in the last heat. The heat suited their strength for swimming and both produced fast times going into the transition to the bike. Ewan, also in his first race, kept a determined attitude throughout and gave maximum effort on the cycle and run. His determination paid off and earned him 16th place in the senior men’s section.
Lynsey faced her demons on the bike and managed to produce a fast bike time compared with other women. She continued into the run with at a quick pace which was held till the finish. Her fast pace resulted in a win in the senior women’s section, four minutes clear of the next finisher.
A spokesman said the performances werea good start to the season and showed lots of potential for the competitions ahead. He thanked Trina and Ruairidh for putting up with all the bikes and Gemma, Ruairidh and Jamie for the transport to and from Turriff which was much appreciated.