Scottish National Middle Distance Championships
On Sunday 21st August several members of Ayrodynamic Triathlon Club took part in the Scottish National Middle Distance Championships.
The 2021 Scottish National Middle Distance Championships was part of the Aberfeldy Triathlon Festival organised by ‘Still Going Strong’. As well as the Scottish Championship, the race also hosted the 2021 British Middle Distance Championships.
Just under 500 people had travelled from across the home nations for the race in the event. With new routes for the swim and run, the athletes took on a different challenge this year.
The 2021 Scottish National Middle Distance Championship started at 7.00am in a multiple wave start. The early morning start saw drizzly race conditions but in contrast to 2019 Loch Tay was very calm for the 1900m swim. Once out the water and onto the bike the drizzle became rain creating some tough conditions out on the road for the 90km ride on the quiet (but challenging) roads of Highland Perthshire. Thankfully the weather had improved for the 21km of running the competitors still had to do.
Well done to David, Marc, Lynsey, Gavin and Darren (full results below)
David Auchie 5:17:18
Marc Auchie 4:57:47
Lynsey Blair 6:16:03
Gavin Kelly 5:42:30
Darren Nicol 5:17:24
Loch Ness Etape
The much postponed Loch Ness Etape took place on Sunday as well with Colin Davidson and Scott Gourlay tackling the iconic Loch Ness route which offers the chance to cycle 66 miles (106 km) on traffic free roads. The 360° closed-road route around the loch starts and finishes in the Highland capital of Inverness, with 900 m of ascent in total, as significant chunk of which is on the climb out of Fort Augustus with a 4.8 mile (9 km) climb gaining 380 m in height with a gradient reaching 12% at times.
Roon the Toon
A sell-out Roon the Toon saw runners pounding the streets of Kilmarnock on the now familiar 10k loop of the town. This was the 5th anniversary of the race and attracted a field of 1200 runners and for the first time pacers were there to help runners aim for times from 40 to 60 minutes. Well done to Beth, Derek, Barbara and Emma who took part (full results below)
Beth Barclay 47:00
Derek Cambers 49:48
Barbara McIntyre 58:51
Emma von Hof 49:50
Inverclyde Sprint Triathlon
Last but not least in Gourock several members of Ayrodynamic were taking part in the Inverclyde Sprint Triathlon. The event comprises a 800m swim in the outdoor pool, a 16km bike leg and 5km run to finish.
Well done to Fiona, Trina, Alastair (Top 10 and 3rd in age group), Lorna S (2nd in age group), Scott and Lorna T (1st in age group) and 1st Female overall. (full results below)
Fiona Connolly 01:26:46
Trina Livingstone 01:30:47
Alastair Ness 00:59:44
Lorna Sloan 01:11:33
Scott Strachan 01:13:28
Lorna Todd 01:00:08