After a year of postponed and cancelled races, GTC members were delighted to be able to take part in the Lochore Triathlon in Fife at the weekend. The race was also the Scottish National Sprint Triathlon Championships.
Originally scheduled for the Monikie Triathlon Festival (which it is due to return in 2022), the Sprint Championships took place at Lochore Meadows Country Park after event organisers Edinburgh Racing stepped in to host the 2021 event.
The race had a Covid-safe staggered time-trial start to ensure social distancing.
There were three age group podium results among the 17 GTC adult athletes who took part, as well as many top five places.
The youths, some racing in their first sprint distance triathlon, also did themselves proud in the Lochore Meadows Scottish Championships.
Lochore Triathlon results:
Amiya Patel, 1.22.22, (4th Youth)
Lucy Donaldson 1.26.56 (5th Youth)
Ellie Wallace 1.33.59 (4th Junior)
Fiona Greenhaugh, 1.16.10, 40-44 (1)
Cath McNeil, 2.00.15, 60-64. (2)
Maggie Darroch, 1.24.01, 55-59 (3)
Celia Greig, 1.19.17, 45-49 (4)
Kate Pearson, 1.19.57, 40-44 (5)
Michelle Donaldson, 1.31.55, 50-54 (8)
Debi Scott, 1.23.25, 35-39 (10)
Mary Donaldson, 1.32.26, 40-44 (10)
Fiona Roberts, 1.33.23, 55-59 (10)
Andrew Miller, 1.13.28, 40-44 (13)
Michael Kinsella, 1.11.50, Senior (12)
Craig Armour, 1.14.47, 30-34 (16)
Alastair Young, 1.20.50, 50-54 (18)
Ruth McKelvie, 1.37.18, 25-29 (21)
Gawain Hammond, 1.22.07, 45-49 (26)
Iain Todd, 1.23.22, 40-44 (27)
John Willock, 1.42.45, 55-59 (28)
‘It was so good to be at a race’
Kate Pearson said: “It was a wonderful event with a lovely atmosphere. It was also great to see so many GTC people out on the course.
“The race was well organised and felt pretty safe.”
Kate, who was third in her age category, added: “I was happy enough enough with my race, although my swim was much slower than last year. Also, while I had a new magnetic clip helmet, I still could not get it on in T1.
“I came out the swim first and I was fourth by the time I left T1!
“My lungs are still a mess from Covid so the bike and run felt awful despite being my fastest 5km in years.
“It was s good to be out racing again and I loved seeing all the GTC girls out on the course.”
Cath McNeil agreed that the event was good fun. She said: “It was great to see everyone. The water was as warm as toast and I enjoyed the swim. I had a good-for-me bike and run.”
Cath came second in her age group. She said: “It was quite warm generally but I only ‘event’ rather than race so it was fine.”
Michael Kinsella said that the race made him feel “the most normal” of the last 18 months. He finished third senior. He added: “It was a great race and a nice course but mainly it was lovely to be back doing an event and seeing the faces of club members.”
See full results of the Lochore Triathlon.