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 

Read on …

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

Read on …

Ironman UK, Bolton 2017

July 20th, 2017 by

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 because it had been a full year since I last raced over the full distance. However, with the ups, inevitably you must accept the lows, and unfortunately Sunday proved to be one of those that ends up being filed under a ‘bad days at the office’.

Bolton finish

With the good days come the not so good days, but at the end of the day – reaching the finish is a small victory  Read on …