Three podiums at Aviemore Triathlon

More than a dozen GTC members took part in the Aviemore Triathlon this month, competing in either the Long Hard Durty or the Short Fast Durty.

The club came home with three first places, including 16-year-old Mia Padmanabhan as first female overall in the Short Fast Durty.

Alasdair Ireland took first Male Senior Vet place, also in the Short Fast Durty, while Sharon O’Leary was first female in the FSV in the Long Hard Durty.

Mia took first place.

Mia, who races as a junior, said: “It was a fun race and I was really pleased to be the first female. It felt like a big race so that meant I was even happier to win.

“I had a good swim and then I enjoyed the mountain bike course a lot. I was a mountain biker before starting triathlon so I enjoy off-road triathlons.

“The run was technical, especially towards the end with river crossings and all the trees, but it was also a lot of fun.”

Sharon was the FSV winner. Credit: Andy Upton
Romy Beard during the off-road run. Credit: Andy Upton
Neal Padmanabhan taking part in the Long Hard Durty. Credit: Andy Upton
Catriona Padmanabhan waves to the crowds! Credit: Andy Upton

Other GTC competitors at the races organised by Durty Events, were Nial Smith, Neal Padmanabhan, Juliet Linford, Elizabeth Adams, Romy beard and Catriona Padmanabhan.

The Long Hard Durty comprises a 1500m open water swim, an 18km technical mountain bike and a 9km trail run. The event incorporated Triathlon Scotland National Cross Triathlon Championships 2019.

The Short Fast Durty is a 750m open water swim, a 12km mountain bike and a 5km trail run.

See Aviemore Triathlon.

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