Ironman 70.3 Weymouth 2017

September 28th, 2017 by

4th place – 4:11:32

For me, racing has always been a means to travel, and generally to places I haven’t otherwise visited. Weymouth was another addition to that list. The trip was supposed to be bolted onto me competing the previous weekend on the Pembrokeshire coast at Ironman Wales in Tenby. However, since I’d had to withdraw from that race because of an ongoing niggling hip issue, I was now solely concentrating my efforts on this shorter Ironman 70.3 event instead. Given how challenging the weather appeared to be in Tenby, coupled with how tough the Weymouth ride would prove to be, it perhaps ended up as a blessing in disguise.

finish chute

‘The quicker you run, the sooner it’s done’… or something like that… 

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Scottish Olympic Triathlon Championships 2017

September 22nd, 2017 by

2nd place – 2:01:54

I always try to race at home in Scotland during the season, if I can. This year I didn’t think I was going to manage that due to my race schedule clashing with the domestic race dates. However, my plan to race Ironman Wales had to be shelved due to my ongoing injury niggle. I didn’t feel able to race a marathon but I was happy to drop down to the Olympic distance over 10k. Plus, I enjoy a trip to Aberdeenshire for a race at Knockburn Loch too as it’s a great venue, and I like trying to support events there when I can.

knockburn bike

Pushing on during the hilly and technical bike ride around the Knockburn area 

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Ironman 70.3 Dublin 2017

September 22nd, 2017 by

6th place – 4:02:50

For the past couple of years August has become synonymous with a trip across the water to Ireland; this was my third time racing on the Emerald Isle for 70.3 racing. 2015 left me standing on the roadside rueing a frustrating puncture, eventually crossing the line in 11th place whilst last year was a good ways more successful, with a 4th spot finish. A competitive field this year meant a similar result would be hard earned, but I was game to give it a go and bounce back from a lacklustre performance at Ironman Bolton a month prior.

dub finish (2)

Running the ‘magic carpet’ in Phoenix Park towards the finish for a respectable 6th place result

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