The first ever Westies Duathlon took place in the Trossachs today. Numbers weren’t great but those few that turned up seemed to have a great time. The downpours only soaked myself, Paula and Sharon when marking the course and it was otherwise a good day for Ken, Gregor and Nick who joined us.

Gregor flew up the first hill, followed by Ken and myself and had a good 5 minutes lead over me at transition, Ken having twice graciously took detours to allow me a slight lead. On the cycle I managed to make up a few minutes on Gregor by Inverlochlarig road-end, followed closely by Ken. (Nick had turned up late, joined Gregor for the cycle and then got lost so was only seen by me at the end!).

Gregor obviously took fright at having a couple of oldies (sorry Ken) so close behind and he pulled away to have a good lead for the last trail run. Ken was just behind me as I set off with rubbery legs, but he seemed to be suffering a shoe malfunction so I held him off to finish in silver medal position. Gregor was way ahead and cruised home to be 2013 Westies Duathlon Champion. Paula and Sharon managed bits of the course in between course marking and bike-sitting, and being eaten alive by midges, and Nick enjoyed his bit-part in the day.

Afterwards everyone made it to the Mor 84 Hotel nearby for a lovely lunch and special prizes of Mor steak pies. I enjoyed myself lots and hopefully everyone else did too. If you weren’t there you missed out on a really fun day.

See you next year.


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