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As the club moves towards trying to open itself up to wider participation from the youth sector and families in general, Thursday saw the first of the new family style run sessions. Both parents and kids can come along together with parents going one way for coaching and juniors coached separately. Everyone gets to come along and enjoy triathlon... what could be better.
The first session went well and will hopefully be the first of many. Just as a side note, if your child wants to do triathlon but you don’t, you can still bring them along – you never know, you might get the bug too and want to join in!
Aberfeldy is always a firm favourite on the race calendar and this year was no different with the Dragon Slayers, Darren, Unwin and Graham all heading down. Barry McKelvie was also there along with Sarah and Terry. A few other local Inverness triathletes from G Squad were also in action including Ruth, Pete and Jen who is returning to racing after the birth of their daughter Charlotte.
Congratulations to Keith Hinds who qualified for and took part in the World Amateur Cycling Championships which hosted 2376 riders from all over the world. Great Britain had the biggest contingent of riders on the day with a whopping 770 cyclists. France was next in line with 284 riders. Here’s what Keith had to say about the event:
‘34+ degrees on a brutal course. 5:25 for the 96 miles with cramping from about 60 miles onward but felt strong near the end.’
Well done Keith, this is a great achievement.
Ironman has made it to Scotland – I’m sure there are mixed views about this but for all the expense and big branding of Ironman, they do put on a great event. The race directors are well known in Scotland (Paul McGreal from Durty Events and Richard Pearson who organizes Aberfeldy).
Richard, Sarah and Jill, along with fellow Inverness based triathlete Pete ventured over to the Isle of Arran to take part in the Arran Man middle distance triathlon (one of several swimming/running/duathlon/triathlon events that were taking place that weekend). The event has a 1900m swim (although it was actually just over 2km), the bike is pretty cool as it is one loop of the island which happens to be exactly 90km (the exact distance of a middle distance triathlon bike leg) and then there’s the half marathon to finish it off.
If you looked up perseverance in the dictionary then you might just find a picture of Jimmy Dryden. He was taking on this beast of a race for the fourth time, which says something in itself as most people wouldn’t even consider entering once and of those that do, once is usually enough. It’s pretty brutal!
This is another event that people seem to go back to year after year which is a sign of a good event. This year, Marin, George, Angus and Claire all took up the challenge of the 50 mile duathlon (20 miles on foot and 30 miles on bike). The route traverses the Scottish Highlands from the west coast in Kintail through Glen Affric and Strathglass to Beauly on the east coast.
Susan Richardson, Julie Robb and Jenny Clarke were up at the crack of dawn on the 11th to venture down to Loch Ore for the sprint triathlon. Julie said, ‘It was a good course, not too chilly a swim. They said about 15 degrees but not sure I believe that! There was a wee climb in the bike (673ft according to Strava) but finished with a downhill and the run was pretty flat. It was a good atmosphere (shame about the weather – it poured at the end) and they also had a kids tri on.’
Susan gave it the thumbs up and said that she, ‘would definitely like to do this one again.’