MPH Huntly triathlon – Course record
MPH Series Huntly Olympic Distance Triathlon, Aberdeenshire
(1.5km Swim; 40Km bike; 10km Run)
1st Open 1:57.44 – New Course Record
(19:11; 57:58; 39:21)
Upon gaining a last minute reserve entry, The Huntly Triathlon would be my final race of the summer and final event for the Aberdeenshire MPH race series.
I’ve raced the Huntly triathlon only twice before winning in both 2004 & 2006. I believe this was where I won my first ever Standard Olympic distance triathlon too.
The race begins with a 60 lap 1500m pool swim, 40km 1 loop undulating hilly bike course before starting a 2 loop 10km run that takes you by Huntly Castle and its estate. The course has remained mostly the same compared to my last start with the run being slightly altered through the Castle grounds into a housing estate. The forecast was for gusting 16 mph winds not ideal for the bike but with clear blue skies and temperatures in the 20’s it made for a great day of racing.
The race began in the pool with four athletes per lane in wave starts. The water temperature was a bit over heated and you did feel it after a few hundred meters. Taking off a little too fast, my pace significantly dropped through my 2nd 500m and at 600m my timing chip slipped off mid length and I lost some time stopping and turning to fish the sinking strap onto the poolside deck.
Upon finishing the swim, I have to thank Stephen being on hand to strap my timing chip back on my ankle before entering T1. Onto the open road I began the bike leg in pretty blustery conditions. Knowing the speedy bike legs of Shetland’s Pete Fenwick would be chasing from behind my only game plan was to go full gas and hold time or better. I was happy to knock out a sub 58 bike split bike split losing only 10 seconds to Pete as I began the run. The run I think was about 600m long with a few undulations and a strong head wind to contend with in sections. With my sub 2 hour race time goal I pushed as hard as my ironman fatigued legs would allow, fighting a few little twinges of cramp here and there, I’m guessing from biking hard and also the lack of fast paced run conditioning.
I crossed the line in 1:57.44 well under my sub 2 hour goal with last year’s winner and previous course record holder Pete Fenwick crossing the line in 2nd in 2:03.59.
Congratulations to everybody that finished the standard distance or sprint distance event and thank you to Henry and Aberdeenshire council team, McIntosh Plant Hire, the RAF cadets, race marshal volunteers and canteen providers for putting on a great event.