The FionaOutdoors Club Aquathlon series got underway for 2017 on Wednesday evening. Some 20 members took part in the swim-run race at Pinkston Watersports in Glasgow in surprisingly warm and sunny conditions.
With neither of last year’s winners, Gregor Stewart and Vicky Begg, taking part this year, the race was open for some new faces to gain an early win in the three-part series.
Hollie Leonard took the lead straight away in the swim, with Nial Smith and Craig Armour giving chase.
Unfortunately, Nial took a few mouthfuls of water and rapidly dropped down the field. Craig who was swimming well decided that three laps wasn’t enough and set off on an unnecessary fourth lap!
Alan Mackie also revealed some class when he executed several stylish triathlon turns around each of the bouys. A spot prize was later awarded to him.
Hollie was first out of the water and set out on her debut aquathlon run chased by several of the men, as well as Vivienne Gough.
Stuart McIntyre followed a strong swim with an even stronger run and went into the lead.
At this point, Nial came storming through the field in an effort to make up for lost time in the swim.
As usual, it was the mid-pack where the real action took place with a group of about five racers changing places throughout.
By the finish Nial had just managed to shake off a very tenacious Stuart, pushing him into second place. A strong finish by Dougie Holmes saw the new member taking third place.
Alastair McNaughton was in great form and came in very close behind Dougie.
First lady Vivienne Gough made it look easy as she held off Hollie in the run.
The fastest dash for the line on the night was achieved by Jim “turbo” Lockhart who managed to pass both Hollie and Alan within 10m of the finish line.
After race one, the category leaders are:
– Hollie Leonard (FS)
– Nial Smith (MS)
– Vivienne Gough (FV)
– Stuart McIntyre MV)
– Maggie Darroch (FSV)
– Alastair Macnaughton (MSV)
President Sean Webster said: “It was a great race to watch and hopefully more members will take part in the next one.
“There is still everything to play for with the top two out of three race results counting towards the prizes for the series.”
Alan won a spot prize for his superb swim turns. There will be other spot prizes in the other races.
It’s rumoured that series organiser John Lund will be introducing a few variations to the course for the next two races, which will be held on Friday June 16 and Wednesday August 2.