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Ironman UK, Bolton 2018

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

9th overall – 8:36:24*                *bike shortened to 153km  Having completed (I hesitate to write ‘race’) Challenge Roth two weeks previously, I was in unchartered territory at Bolton this year. I had entered the event as a backup in case of something going ‘wrong’ at Roth which might stop me […]

Challenge Roth 2018

Sunday, July 8th, 2018

44th overall – 9.02.22 I started racing long course events over ten years ago in the summer of 2007, and since then I have heard story upon story about how fantastic an experience Challenge Roth is. I certainly don’t ever recall being told it’s not worth the trip, that’s for sure! So finally, this year […]

Ironman 70.3 Weymouth 2017

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

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 […]

Scottish Olympic Triathlon Championships 2017

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

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 […]

Ironman 70.3 Dublin 2017

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

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 […]

Ironman UK, Bolton 2017

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

7th place (9th overall) – 9:33:49 After two promising races over the previous month at both Staffordshire and Edinburgh 70.3s I was in a buoyant and fairly confident mood leading into my sixth appearance in Bolton at Ironman UK this past weekend. I was excited to race again, especially against the strong field but also […]

Ironman 70.3 Edinburgh 2017

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

5th place – 4:06:42 I said it countless times over the months and weeks leading into this race, and I will say it again now: I never believed I would get to race at home in Scotland at this level and so to actually have a day out in front of family and friends, on ‘home’ […]

Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa 2017

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

11th place – 4:03:40 After many months away, it was finally time to dig out my race kit, apply some number tattoos and toe a start line once more. After an initial five week stint of training in both San Diego, California and Boulder, Colorado I finished the trip by heading to the beautiful vineyards of northern California and Napa Valley where the event […]

OTILLO Swimrun World Championships 2016

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

9th place team – 8:57:21 10km swim / 65km run / 26 Island crossings  Having raced Ironman Hawaii I was fairly sure I had already reached the limit of what my own toughest racing experiences might ever be. I don’t think I could have been more wrong! OTILLO is without a shadow of doubt the […]

Challenge Tønsberg, Norway

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

10th place – 4:26:09 Having never visited Norway, I decided to travel over the North Sea for this Challenge event largely for this reason alone – a tourist if you like. I had raced in Dublin a couple of weeks prior, and I knew I was travelling again the following weekend for another event. However, […]

Ironman 70.3 Dublin 2016

Friday, September 9th, 2016

4th place – 4:08:20 Last year I came to Dublin hoping to collect the last vital ‘points’ required to qualify for the Ironman World Championships on Hawaii. I was having a cracker of a race midway through the bike ride – leading and on my own. I even started to allow myself to get excited. […]

2016 Ironman UK, Bolton

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

9th place (7th MPro) – 9:24:31 This is my ‘glad to be finished’ face after a long day of racing. This was my 5th time racing in Bolton since 2010 and given it was my first full distance event since Ironman Hawaii last October I was looking forward to being back and certainly ready to […]

Scottish Duathlon Champs 2016

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

2016 is a new year, and this weekend saw me start this new season wearing new racing colours. – I am now a part of the Pewag Racing Team, which is Austrian sponsored and based, but is composed of an international group of 9 professional athletes. I look forward to wearing the kit and promoting […]

Ironman World Championships; Kona, Hawaii 2015

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

38th place (391st overall) – 10:07:08 The infamous ‘Hawi Express’ pulls out of the station There had been a long time between drinks. It was 5 years since my last (and only) race on the Big Island – the biggest race of them all in non drafting triathlon; Ironman Kona. This goal of qualifying for […]

Ironman UK, Bolton 2015

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

2nd place – 8:51:06 L-R: Myself, David McNamee and Joe Skipper With a quick glance you would be forgiven for reading this blog and believing I only write a race report when I’ve completed the Ironman distance and also managed to finish 2nd… however I have simply been rather tardy on the writing side of […]

Pictures; IM Wales – Tenby

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

2nd place – 9:10:16 Tenby is a wonderful little seaside town – and when the tide is out it certainly leaves behind an expansive beach! On the Friday before race day we had our Pro brifing and the tv crew also did some pre-race interviews out on the beach front. Looking at this picture I […]

Ironman Wales 2014

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

On my 2nd attempt at finishing Ironman Wales I crossed the line in… 2nd place. – After more than 9hours of racing on a course best described as ‘brutal’ I think this shot best reminds me of the considerable amount of relief to have just gotten it done!

British Middle Distance Champs 2014 – Aberfeldy

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

1st place – 4:16:22 This year Aberfeldy not only hosted the Scottish Middle Distance Championships but it also incorporated the British titles too, and by getting to the line first I managed a sneaky little double number and my first National Title across any distance I believe. – It wasn’t all plain sailing though!

Castle Howard – Gauntlet 2014

Friday, August 1st, 2014

3rd place – 4:22:07 The finish line back drop of Castle Howard in Yorkshire is one of the more stunning you will find for a triathlon event – great work yet again from the Castle Triathlon Series events team.

The Bastion, Hever Castle

Friday, July 18th, 2014

1st place – 9:56:54 The ‘Bastion’ Iron distance on Sunday was my longest day of triathlon to date and I hope that it remains that way for the forseeable future! Having raced the Half distance ‘Gauntlet’ last Septmber over much of the same course I felt confident I had a good idea of what lay ahead, but […]