Clyde cosies up to winners at Mid Argyll Triathlon

Clyde at MacPool

Clyde,  the 2014 Commonwealth Games Mascot made one of his first guest appearances in Lochgilphead on Sunday 23rd September, for the Mid Argyll Triathlon. as well as inspiring all athletes and volunteers he showed a penchant for hogging the limelight, enthusiastically grabbing medal awarding duties and all the medal winners as the cameras clicked.

Stephen Whiston of the Mid Argyll Tri and Cycle Club which hosts the annual challenge, says Clyde reignited that fantastic Olympic and Paralympic 2012 feel good factor -  ‘and boy did all triathletes up their performances as a result’.

A fabulous crisp sunny autumn day brought out many local people to support and cheer on the Triathletes and meet Clyde.   This rubbed off on the competitors as what would normally be a grimace of effort was replaced with a smile.

There was some great racing across all the categories and age groups, with the female individual field making up nearly 50% of the entrants.

There as also great fun and rivalry in the team entry- the 12 teams were first off and were greeted with a great roar from the crowd as their first swimmers exited the pool.

The team event

C;yde at Macpool First Mid Argyll Ladies – Rebecca Helliwell, Hazel Manson, Kirsty Young

First out of the water after the 500m swim was Martin Waterhouse from the Los Desparados (all male team) in a time of 7:51. Next was Team McKellar and then the female Junior Team “2 Giants & a Midget”  There then followed the rest of the Teams with swim times from 9 minutes to 12 producing a blizzard of activity in the Transition area as swimmers passed their timing chip relay style to the waiting cyclists.

The cycle leg of the team event produced a really close battle for 1st & 2nd Kevin Haldane continued to hold the lead but storming on the cycle was Iain Docwra of the Team 3 Amigos and a quick change saw Dave Payne exiting Transition 2 just 6 seconds ahead of John Lawson of the Los Desparados, in 3rd place, some 5 minutes back, was Team McKellar. However John from Los Desparados proved too strong finishing in a time of 30:44 for the 4 mile run to claim first place.

The team event showed some real competition and fun with all teams starting at the same time. The pre race banter between the individual swimmers, cyclists and runners was great to hear with much laughter ensuing as they encouraged their respective team mates

The other team categories proved equally competitive & great fun. The all ladies team of the Glen Park Triers clawed back a 2 ½ minute deficit on the run to catch local Team ROHALO (Ros Way, Hazel Whiston & Lorna MacGregor) to pip them for first place

The 3 Amigos strong performance enabled them to claim the Adult mixed team first place Laura Manson (Swim) Iain Docwra (bike) Dave Payne (run)

The female junior team of Rachel Bolwell (swim) Orla Ward (cycle) and Olivia Kerr (run) put in a strong performance to claim 1st Junior prize.

The individual event

C;yde at MacpoolIn the individual event 2012 was going to be keenly contested in both the male and female races with the biggest individual female entry yet (45% of the total field- further evidence of the growing appeal of the sport).

In the male race there were strong club representations from Glasgow Tri club- 15, 12 from Mid Argyll Tri and Cycle club and entrants from Inverclyde AC, Ayrodynamics Tri, East Kilbride & Stirling tri club.

The male senior race the winner was Andrew McGhee of Glasgow Tri putting in blistering performances in all disciplines to win in a very impressive time of 1:04:00. Second was Angus Peden from Ayrodynamics Tri in a time of 1:06:01 and third was Bruce Greenhalgh of Glasgow Tri in a time of 1:08:38.

The Male Veterans race saw a repeat performance by Torquil Clyde of Glasgow Tri, defending his title for the 4th year in a time of 1:08:14.  In second place was Graeme Forbes of Inverclyde AC in a time of 1:09:43 and 3rd was Stephen Whiston Mid Argyll Tri & Cycle club 1:09:57.

The male Super Veteran category (50+) Martin Duthie of East Kilbride Triathlon club produced a superlative race dominating the field to win in a time 1:07:31, in fact Martin was 3rd fastest overall. In second place was Tim Jackson Mid Argyll Tri & Cycle club 1:13:05 and 3rd was John Gilhooly 1:15:48

A strong Male vintage (60+) contingent saw some great performances, with Ken McEwen of Glasgow Tri first place in 1:21:11, second was Alan Hunter 1:30:08 and 3rd was Sandy Hunter in 1:34:53

The male junior category was won by Toby Corner Inveraray jog Scotland 1:14:56

The female individual senior event saw Glasgow Tri club dominate the placing with Hannah Kemlo in first place 1:16:53, followed by Romy Beard 1:19:05 and Jennifer Arnott in third place 1:20:21

The Veteran female category was also keenly contested with Maria Dye Helensburgh AC 1st 1:24:18 second Julie Fitzpatrick Fusion Tri 1:25:46, 3rd Fiona Corner Inveraray jog Scotland 1:28:21.

The female super vet category was close fought with Christine Caterson of Glasgow Tri club hauling back Hazel Manson Mid Argyll Tri & Cycle club on the run to claim 1st place  1:26:40, Hazel 1:27:10 and Rona Young Mid Argyll Tri and Cycle club 3rd 1:33:49

The female junior race saw a battle of the sisters with Freya Corner 1st and Rosie Corner 2nd a great achievement.

First juniors- amazing Corner Children – Rosie, Toby & Freya

In fact it was a great day for the Corner family with all 5 of them competing in and completing the Triathlon with 4 out of 5 claiming podium spaces.

The local contests

The 1st local Male and Female categories were billed to be keenly contested, with a Mid Argyll Tri and Cycle Club members battling for Olympic year bragging rights.

Stephen Whiston with CkydeThe local male Triathlete race was keenly contested in all disciplines. First out of the pool was Alistair Young in a blistering time of 7:16 (2nd fastest of the day), then Colin MacFarlane with the rest following in a pack shortly after. On the bike saw the lead change dramatically with a peloton made up of John Anderson, Stephen Whiston, Tim Jackson and Matt Donald all screeching into transition separated by a couple of seconds. The run proved decisive with Stephen (Ardrishaig) pulling away to claim a comfortable first place by 3 minutes with John Anderson 2nd (Kilmartin) and Matt Donald 3rd (Ormsary)

The First local Female Triathlete race was equally keenly contested with Hazel Manson and Melanie Peacock-Chmielewska out first separated by 26 seconds. The bike however saw a fantastic cycle from Rebecca Helliwell and Kirsty Young separated in transition by only 30 seconds with the rest of the field 1 minute plus back. Rebecca(Lochgilphead)  however put in a dominant run to win in a time of 1:21:36, Kirsty (Ormsary) was second 1:24:43 and Hazel Manson (Achnamara) 3rd 1:27:09.

The fastest

Lastly Prizes were awarded for the fastest individual time from each discipline, 500m swim 20Km cycle and 6.5Km run for male & female:

Those without which this wouldn’t be happening

The club was delighted to have Stevie Ryan our Motor Bike Race Marshall ably supported by the clubs special guest “Clyde” the 2012 Commonwealth Games Mascot presenting  all the race winners with their trophies and medals. In addition every entrant received a top of the range sports performance T-Shirt donated by the main sponsor MacQueen Bros. Stevie congratulated all the competitors for achieving excellent performances and the race organisers for a truly memorable and fantastic event.

Kirsty Young and Stephen Whiston of the Mid Argyll Triathlon committee expressed their thanks and appreciation to all the other sponsors of the Triathlon, without whose support the event could not go ahead –Mid Argyll Community pool for hosting the event, Midton Acrylics for providing the fantastic winning trophies, – Crinan Cycles, Fyne Ales, the Co-op Lochgilphead for providing all competitors with a goodie bag packed with food and other essential items for all Triathletes. Thanks also went Riverside garage for their donation of sandwiches and drink for all the marshals on the day, which was greatly appreciated.

The committee also expressed its appreciation and thanks to Red Cross, British Waterways and H M Coastguard.

Spontaneously all competitors and the race organisers thanked publicly the fantastic support of all the Marshall’s and our electronic timing team of “Finishline timing” for the race timing.

Note: Here are the full results: MacQueen Brothers Mid Argyll Triathlon Finishing List

Photo details, from the top – and excluding Clyde, are:

  • Andrew McGhee, Angus Peden, Bruce Greenhalgh
  •  Female seniors Jennifer Arnott & Hannah Kemlo.
  • Orla Ward, Rachel Bolwell, Olivia Kerr
  • First Mid Argyll Ladies – Rebecca Helliwell, Hazel Manson, Kirsty Young
  • Stephen Whiston, Matt Donald, John Anderson
  • First juniors- amazing Corner Children – Rosie, Toby & Freya
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