Fleet Feet Royal Deeside Braemar Duathlon Course Record
(58Km bike; 16km Run; 21Km bike)
1st Open 2:46:14 – New Course Record
(1:16:39, 1:01:57; 27:38)
Fleet Feet Triathletes hosted the 30th edition of the Braemar Duathlon and we think this is the oldest running multisport / triathlon event in Britain.
The race consists of either the bike-run-canoe triathlon or bike-run-bike format (main race).
The route is a basically a point to point race starting from Braemar village in the heart of the Cairngorms Mountains finishing at the edge of Aberdeen City.
Stage 1 begins with a 36 mile Time Trial bike at 1 minute intervals from just outside The Braemar Highland Games Park following the North Deeside road bypassing Balmoral Castle & Ballater into Dinnet village before switching to the South Deeside road passing Aboyne and finishing with a nice climb from Portarch bridge to the top of the Shooting Greens park on Old Military road. Stage 2 consists of an 11 mile trail run down through Blackhall Forest & private land estates into Banchory town and then follows the trail path along the south side of the River Dee to Crathes Bridge. From there Stage 3 is back on the bike for a 13 mile spin into Aberdeen City or if competing in the tri event a canoe down the river Dee finishing at Aberdeen boat club.
The race has always started as far I know in the first week in May and I have I have raced in all conditions at this event… hail, rain, snow and funnily enough 25-28C temperatures like last year! On arriving I was pleased to see the sun was shining, the weather was mild and greeted with a very friendly tail wind – almost perfect conditions. I was keen to improve on my time from last year as I knew I had some time in my pocket from a wrong turn in the first bike section but with the conditions presented I was more than keen to get as fast a time as possible.
I was able to get into the first bike pretty well, I got my head down and worked as hard as possible to keep my average speed up only taking in my Powerbar hydrogel / fluid mix at every small hill or rolling break. Heading into Dinnet I glanced down at the Garmin and I was holding just over 48k/hr ave J I was on a good one. Switching over to the South Deeside the road is a little rougher with couple small hills & then the climb section up the shooting greens to T2, my average speed slipped to 46k/hr (28 mph) finishing the first bike and my motley support crew were on hand with my run kit…
I headed into the run section opting for the ON racers (with Greeper laces) being the foot weaponry knowing the trail should be hard and dry. I had hoped to run a little closer to the 1 hr mark but I felt relatively good and I was liking the new Powerbar Hydrogels I was trying for the first time. I ran slightly slower than last year and headed into the final transition, back onto the bike and I pedalled for Aberdeen and the finish. I came in on 2:46:14 posting the fastest bike split including the teams & 4th fastest run of the day breaking my 2012 course record by 12 minutes. Congratulations to Ash Pearson breaking her own women’s record in 3:08:04 & Alan Semple and Kevin Watson rounding off the men’s podium both going under my mark from 2012.
hank you also to the Fleet Feet Club, team support crews, Dougie and Dave my reliable support team (and yes I did find out you set up the wrong kit initially in T1), the volunteers, marshals & Caterers keeping this event going for so long.