Stuart Campbell's race report on the Mid Argyll Sprint Triathlon 2018.
Mid Argyll Sprint Triathlon
This weekend had me returning to my hometown of Lochgilphead for the Mid Argyll Sprint Triathlon. The event is so incredibly popular that it tends to sell out exceptionally quickly and the reserve waiting list is long. Fortunately for both myself and Gillian, reserve spaces came our way.
With so many individual and team entries, the 500m pool-swim was split over 8 heats. First swimmers started their race at the very civilised time of 11am. Those of us in the final heat were eventually in the water at about 1.15pm.
In heat 4, Gillian unfortunately suffered a particularly fierce wind and torrential downpour that whipped up minutes before her entering T1; but was cycling towards blue sky and a lazy tailwind within minutes. With exception of Gillian's wet start and a momentary welcome downpour about 2km from end of my run, our races were held in perfect conditions
And having popped a couple of ibuprofen tablets just before starting my swim, my knees were of no hinderance to my run!
Gillian completed the course (500m swim, 20km bike, 6.5km run) in 1h 52m 31s, taking 2nd place in her category.
I managed 1h 15m 54s - missing out on prize of being 1st local by virtue of not having entered under my family home address. Oops!
In all, a great event that is impeccably organised and managed, very sociable yet competitive, flat, scenic, and with lots of delicious home baking for (before and) afterwards. Possibly showing my bias, but Yes, I'd heartily recommend this event for a club outing next year!!!
And....out of 111 people taking part (individuals and includes teams).. I placed 10th overall