Fourth for Henderson in Glasgow

Shetland Triathlon Club member Lynsey Henderson continued her season by finishing fourth in the Strathclyde Park standard distance triathlon in Glasgow.

The event was hosted by Glasgow Triathlon club and included the Scottish championship.

The swim was in open water, 1,500 metres of a two-lap course. The race was divided into two waves. Henderson started in wave one with all women competitors and veteran men and team competitors.

After the first lap then competitors got to climb up the ramp to a pontoon and dive of it to start the second lap of the swim, just as the elite triathletes will do in the Commonwealth Games in july.

Henderson held a strong fast pace to stay with the front pack of the swim. She exited the swim in joint first place for the women with Cheltenham-born Nikki Bartlet.

She made a fast transition and got out on the bike course in the lead. The bike course was seven laps (38km) on part of the Strathclyde Park.

Henderson knew that the strong cyclists such as Bartlet would be hunting her down on the course. Bartlet took the lead after the first lap and showed her class on the bike to gain a big lead over all the women.

Henderson then came up against Keira Murray and Emma Lamont and they all shuffled for places over the next laps. Lamont extended her place in front on the sixth lap for second place with Murray and Henderson fighting over third, Henderson coming in at 1:08 split on the bike.

After the second transition it was on to the 10km run. Murray and Lamont, both known strong runners, went out in pursuit of Bartlet. Their pace was too high for Henderson to keep up so she pushed on herself to keep steady pace, finishing fourth with a run split of 43:11 and overall time of 2:16:54.

Henderson was happy with the result since her aim was to get into the top five women, having only made seventh place last year at the Scottish standard championships.

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