Dundee Duathlon

 By Finlay McAndrew

11:13 am on Saturday morning, my phone started ringing (Chris Skakel calling).

‘Hey Finbar, how’s it going? Eh, just wondering are you in the car park?’

‘What car park?’ I replied.

‘In Dundee’ a worried voice responded.

‘The race is tomorrow Chris’

‘Aw f**k!’

The Mighty Deer Stalker

By Will McLennan

The Mighty Deerstalker has a reputation that many are far too aware of. By simply mentioning it, it brings back memories for many of the club that will have them telling you tales you don’t want to believe are true before you start. The race itself is an adventure / mountain race in the Scottish Borders, available in 5K (ish) and mighty 10K (and a bit) varieties. This includes various obstacles along the way to provide entertainment and make the stalk a very different event. These distances may be ‘slight’ underestimates, with actual distances being closer to 8K and 16K, but this tiny difference didn’t faze many.

 

 EUTri had a good turnout with over 10 people heading down to try their luck and we were met with a great atmosphere when we arrived to get registered. The mighty deerstalker itself starts at around 17:30 against the setting sun, with a mass start. An initial sprint into a wall of hay bails got everyone in the mood whilst trying not to get trampled or kicked in the face. About a kilometre later was the first of the major obstacles where we had to wade through 2 waist deep bogs which almost a few, and got everyone wet and smelling of the countryside. Immediately followed the start of the first hill climb, which was a lot steeper and higher than many were expecting and where many of us realised that either running up or down hills was not our speciality.

Glasgow Edinburgh Double Marathon

By Mark Cairns

The Glasgow to Edinburgh Double Marathon is an ultramarathon starting at 9am sharp in Glasgow’s Ruchill Park - following the Canals across the central belt – and finishes some 90km (56 miles) later in Fountain bridge. It’s a race I’ve wanted to do for some years and with a some 7 marathons under the belt, I felt confident enough enter this year’s race.

Before I go into the race itself, it’s worth mentioning the level of commitment required to train for an ultra. It’s tough. Really bloody tough. Especially since most of those long weeks (in this case) are through mid-winter and long runs can often be forced inside onto treadmills (sometimes 35km’s worth!).

 

Gifford Super 6

By Angus Elliott

Some people enjoy a wee lie in on a Saturday morning, maybe breakfast in bed, a nice cup of tea and a warm duvet perhaps? Not for EUtri, oh no. The club was out in force racing all around Scotland including a contingent to the Gifford Sup6r Six race in Gifford. For those not familiar with the intricacies of road racing, the Sup6r Six series consists of six road race events around Scotland throughout the season with an overall ‘league’ to reward the most consistent riders. Each event consists of an A race (Elite, cat 1,2,3 riders) and a B race (4th cat, vets) with some of the country’s top pro racers competing on the same day as complete novices.


Gifford was the first race of the series and the EUtri machine had myself, the Dale, Angus Killean and Anne Ewing entered in the B race with Jamie Maxwell, Allan Love and Charlie Billington from EUCC also racing. The sun was shining in Edinburgh but it was quickly apparent that not all of East Lothian was so lucky and we arrived to find a wonderfully damp and greasy course awaiting us. Unfortunately the road condition claimed its first victim before the race even started, with Angus K coming unstuck on ‘cockle’s corner’ during the warm up, a sharp muddy corner at the bottom of a fast descent from Gifford. No serious injuries but some nasty flesh wounds and road rash ruled him out for the race, much to Angus’ disappointment.

Kirkliston Duathlon Series (1) 12/12/09

by Jack Nelson

One might think that the Scottish multisport community would be satisfied with an arduous triathlon season over the summer. Or that a cheeky aquathlon at the beginning of the autumn would be enough to round things off. Alas no – Edinburgh Road Club’s annual Duathlon series allows another opportunity for said bunch of lycra-clad masochists to get together and do their thing.

NYD triathlon

A New Year’s Day triathlon through the streets of Edinburgh will provide the perfect opportunity to get the resolutions off and running.

Most people plan to lose some weight or take up a new sport and the Tri Centre New Year’s Day Triathlon can tackle all the resolutions in one.

Organised jointly by Edinburgh RC, ERC Triathlon Squad and Edinburgh Racing, the triathlon comprises a 300m swim in the University of Edinburgh’s Moray House Pool, an 11 mile cycle around Arthurs Seat and finishes with a three mile run at the same spot.

Citi Summer Analyst Application Deadline - Sunday 3rd January

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Our sponsors Citi are offering interested club members the chance to apply to work as a Summer Analyst for them. If this opportunity sounds like something you would be interested in then please read the advert below and follow the link shown (http://www.oncampus.citi.com/default.aspx).

Great Melbourne Run – Sunday 29th November 2009

Race Report – Brian Lafferty

Melbourne. Sporting capital of the world. A land where completing an ironman is as impressive as a trip down to the local shop for a paper. I was not surprised to find myself on the starting line with roughly 6,500 other runners last Sunday in the annual Great Australian Run. ‘A scenic 15km route through the heart of the city, passing several famous landmarks’, we were promised… I would see none of them!

I was doing the race with Dr Amy Nall, a friend and veteran of several ironman triathlons, including Kona where she won her age group two years ago. A machine. She has already started training for Budapest World Championships next year.

Scottish University Triathlon league

Final Results are in (bottom of page)

Explainer
The Scottish University Triathlon League is being run for the first time in 2009/2010. It is a collaborative project between the Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen Uni Triathlon clubs. Male/Female students win points by finishing in the top 10 in any of the four races in the league. 1st place receives 10 pts, 2nd place 9pts, etc. A finish outwith the top 10 receives 0 points. Club and individual prizes will be awarded at the end of the academic year.

Aberdeen - Part Deux

by Angus Elliott

Well, Aberdeen is over for another year and all that’s left is for me to sit back, twirl my walking stick and reflect on my first Aberdeen experience, and what a cracker it was too! A grand total of 38 EUtri-athletes made the trip up for the legendary annual weekend of fun, frolics oh, and a wee bit of racing.

Bemused shop assistants in Tesco looked on as a steady stream of bleary-eyed triathletes, wandered around clutching sandwich’s, bananas and other such ‘carbo’ foods before rendezvousing at the bus station to catch the megabus to Aberdeen. Thankfully, everybody was present and correct this year and the bus left with a full quota of club members squeezed onboard.

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