East Fife triathletes head off for European action

At the World Powerman championships in Zofingen, Switzerland,  Kirsti Sharratt and Andy Brierley both won silver in their respective age groups.
At the World Powerman championships in Zofingen, Switzerland, Kirsti Sharratt and Andy Brierley both won silver in their respective age groups.
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East Fife Triathlon Club’s Rhona Graham finished under the seven hourmark when she headed to France for the Challenge Vichy Half Ironman.

The event starts with a 1.9 km swim in the Lac d’Allier, followed by a mostly flat fast bike course and finally a half marathon run around the Lac.

Rhona finished in 6:51:01 (39:12, 3:15:17, 2:46:24).

Other local triathletes were also in action across Europe.

Members headed to the ‘ÖTILLÖ’ event, ranked by CNN as one of the toughest endurance challenges in the world.

The unique race is held in a unique environment.

Teams of two race together from island to island (Ö TILL Ö) from Sandhamn to Utö in the Stockholm archipelago.

The teams swim between the 26 islands and run across them, mostly on trails or gravelled roads, but sometimes off trail.

The total distance is 75 km, of which 10 km are swimming and 65 km are running.

To complete the course from before dusk demands that competitors are fit and that they have practiced a good technique to be quick in and out of the water as there are 38 in and outs.

Andy Brierley and Stewart MacLeod finished 25th (out of 97 teams) in 10:43:49, a very impressive feat for over 70 kilometres of swimming and running, particularly running in a wetsuit and swimming in running shoes.

Elise Methven, towards the end of a very successful season, finished second female veteran in the Scottish Aquathlon Championships on September 7 at Loch Lomond Country Park.

Jane Askey also won firstprize in her age category.

The event started with a 750m swim in Loch Lomond followed by a 5k run round the park grounds.

On the same day Sally Newman-Carter raced a half marathon at the Highland and Perthshire marathon festival in Aberfeldy, finishing in 2:03:39.

In the afternoon she raced the same distance on her bike, finishing first female and fourth overall in 43:37.

Completing an excellent weekend for East Fife Tri Club, Andy Brierley and Kirsti Sharratt both achieved silver medals in the 2014 Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships in Zofingen, Switzerland. This starts with a 10km run, follows with a 150km bike ride and concludes with a 30km run. Andy finished in 7:33:31 (37:58, 4:30:27, 2:22:22) and Kirsti in 8:42: (39:36, 5:24:46, 2:34:30).