Balbirnie Park Duathlon hailed a major success

Runners start the Balbirnie Park Duathlon
Runners start the Balbirnie Park Duathlon
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Balbirnie Park Duathlon 2014 has been hailed a massive success for the second year running.

After winning the accolade of Most Enjoyable Event of the Year 2013, the decision was made by the Glenrothes Triathlon Club to hold the event again.

Almost 100 competitors completed the gruelling course, an increase of 50 per cent on last year’s numbers.

Competitors from as far afield as Birmingham made their way to Balbirnie House Hotel for the Thursday evening start.

The course covered a 5km run route within the park, before a 20km cycle tour of the local scenery.

Competitors then donned running shoes once more and finished the race by completing a further 2.5km loop of the route.

Steven McEwan, race director and chairman of Glenrothes Triathlon Club, said: “It is great to see members of the triathlon community from all over the UK make their way to Balbirnie Park for our
event.

“It is also very encouraging to see so many local businesses and new competitors get behind the event.

“Winning the Triathlon Scotland award for Most Enjoyable Event of the Year meant we felt we really had to do it again!

“Our intention as a club is to bring the town’s first ever triathlon to Glenrothes in 2015.”

The race was won by Ewan Taylor (Army), pictured, in a time of 1 hour 1 minute 13 seconds. First female was Donna McHugh (Fusion) in 1:12:52.

The first Glenrothes Triathlon Club member to cross the line was Greig Shearer, who finished 14th in a time of 1:12:43.