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Glen Affric Duathlon 2015

2015
Apr
Fi receives her category winner trophy
Fi receives her category winner trophy
Place (77) Gender Pos Category Cat Pos Time
Fiona Mackenzie 65 18 FSV 1 03:50:06

Fi said: “This was the first running of the race in 6 years, more or less the original course. Very simple registration, amidst beautiful scenery & none of the weather forecast for the weekend. The 7.5 mile hill run complete with river crossing was a toughie with the mountain rescue assisting with the fast flowing river crossing. There were lots of walk breaks before the river crossing & substantially less after, as it was more runnable & downhill. the girl I was running with missed her footing at one point & completed a full forward roll due to her gymnastic training as a child. incredibly well executed…

Then onto the bike for 5 miles of tarmac & much more forest trails which were meant to undulate but just seemed to go up,up,up… the downs were downright scary with loads of gravel spread about the place so I was slightly cautious on these. At my end of the race I was quite surprised just how many people were walking their bike uphill. I thought that might be harder to walk as it was quite steep so I engaged granny gear & just kept grinding away at it. I passed loads of people who seemed impressed that it was possible to cycle, [benefits of living in Leith & cycling uphill daily!!], eventually the ups headed down & we popped back out on to the lovely smooth & primarily downhill end of section, then back out to complete a lovely & really undulating this time 2.5 mile run. As I headed out I realised that I had covered 42k [marathon distance] in Phil’s previous London time of 3:33, but considering I had done most of my distance on the bike I put that thought to one side & concentrated on putting one foot in front of the other. This bit was lovely & along the shoreline before a ‘sprint finish’ where I dibbed for the final time & was handed my time sheet. The prize giving was called a wee while after & I finished my can of coke & wandered over. Pretty soon they announced female senior vet 2nd place & when I saw who was getting that prize, I thought I could be in with a chance & true enough, my name was called for 1st senior f vet. so, the moral of the story is keep on keeping on & enter races where everyone else is younger than you & eventually you’ll get a prize. An excellent race put on by a brilliant team. try it for fun next year!”

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