Dominant Grant shows serious triathlon form

Triathlete Andrew Grant stormed to victory in Shetland Triathlon Club’s second race of the season at Sandwick on Sunday.

The “super-sprint” included a 400 metre swim, a 14-kilometre bike ride and a three-kilometre run. Nine competitors lined up at the start in the pool.

First out of the water was debutant Andrew Aitken, followed closely by Lynsey Henderson who both made their swimming ability count as they had a one minute 20 second advantage over the next two competitors out of the pool, Christain Bauert and the favourite Grant.

Grant proceeded to blow every­one away on the bike to claim first place and set off out on the run, followed by Henderson, then Bonar Barclay and John Anderson, who had both posted quick times to get back into contention for podium places.

However, it was the dominant Grant who came home first with the quickest run split of the day, to claim the win and to show that he is in serious form ahead of the first ever triathlon inter-county in Orkney on 19th July.

In second place was Henderson who again showed good form and major improvement on the bike, another hoping to claim the victory in Orkney. Third was Barclay, fourth Anderson and fifth Brydon Leask, who put in a strong run to chase down Anderson but just ran out of legs at the end.

A spokesman said the club would like to thank the South Mainland pool staff for their help and thank the volunteers on the day for their help, without whom there would be no events.

The next race is scheduled to take place at the North Mainland pool in Brae on 5th July over the sprint distance of 750 metre swim, 20km cycle and 5km run. The spokesman said if anyone was free to go along and support or help out, it would be much appreciated.

Anderson doubled up on the triathlon by jumping in the car straight after the finish to get into Lerwick to compete in the Round Lerwick Race. There he claimed 10th place in a time of 18 minutes 59 seconds.


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