The Wee Triathlon 2017
We have long time advocates of the saying that there is “no such thing as bad weather, but only poor preparation.” It is after all the Outdoor Capital of the UK. I am pleased to say that on Saturday morning I think I may have been over prepared. When I went to bed on Friday night I was expecting more of what Friday had thrown at us. Wind, rain, rain, wind, rain and some more wind for good measure. As daylight broke on Saturday I was delighted that there was no need for the all in one survival suit, it was clear dry and still! It was going to be a good day for the Wee Triathlon 2017.
“Still remnants of Fridays precipitation”
I always think that there is something nice about an early start for these type of events, transition open for 0700? Maybe nice idea - wasn’t what the crew were feeling as we got the transition area ready for the early arrivals. By the time registration was ready to open at 0800 everything was set up and ready to go.
Crew were feeling great after breakfast
There was an air of excitement and trepidation as first time participants joined the queue to get number boards, timing chips, safety pins, cable ties and any last bits of information that may assist. Who knew there was so much stuff that need to be done?
What goes where?
With bikes racked, registration done there is always time for a wee bit of “craic and banter”, time to meet new friends and like minded folk, after all that is what the Wee Triathlon is all about.
Registration in full swing!
Those who know triathlon will know that the opening discipline is swimming. For many this is where the dread really kicks in. The format for the Wee Triathlon is that swimmers swim two to a lane, the clock stops at the end of the swim so there is no need for a mad dash to the changing area. Whilst waiting for a space to become available prior to swim participants have a great opportunity to catch up and ponder the rest of the day. Fastest swim of the day was by Julia from team Dark Matter with an impressive 05:54.
Plenty time to ponder as swimmers await their lane.
Next up was the ride section. The ride starts on the road leading up Glen Nevis, the outward leg sticks to the main rd and starts of reasonably flat for the first couple of miles before an sharp climb taking riders up into the Glen and the stunning vistas of of the mountains. The homeward leg follows the forest road back down the glen returning to Braveheart car park where riders take a sharp left and climb up past the Saltire rock followed by a long descent back towards transition - the alpine style switchbacks at the end ensured that riders have to concentrate all the way to the end. Fastest bike ride of the day was taken by Jason Murphy in a time of 33:20. Jason takin the overall win for the day.
Edie Hemstock on her way to overall victory in the ladies categories.
Transition from bike to run is timed - no time for faffing - its of with the bike gear and a quick snack, hydration, on with the trainers and away. Alex Kitson’s no nonsense approach to anything competitive ensured that Team “Talking about 3 Generations” got the fastest transition of the day with only 8 seconds spent in transition. Taking them to 2nd place just behind the Lycra Jelly Babies in 1st.
Bike and Run routes in Glen Nevis
The run again sees participants return to Glen Nevis- this time for a shorter loop and again with return via the Saltire rock for the second and final time. Fastest run time for the day was 25:03 shared equally with Pete Surtees and Amanda Blackall, Amanda taking victory in the female vet category. Overall on the day there were 74 ladies racing making up 60 percent of the field which is fantastic.
Sen Mens 1, 2 and 3 Jason Murphy, Niall Campbell and Stephen Newton Stott
Sen Female 1,2 and 3. Edie Hemstock, Alison MacVicar and Jen Harris
Vet Male Winner Colin Briton
Vet Female Winner Amanda Blackhall
The Wee Triathlon is the first of two entry level triathlons hosted by No Fuss Events, why not join us for the second one on the 20th of May in Dunoon, full info is here.