Sunday July 30th was the day that V40 Mark Taylor took on the Snowman ‘Legend” 70.3 Triathlon in Llanberis held in what can only be described as tough conditions. The race consisting of a 1900m open water swim, a 95k bike ride and topped off with a half-marathon, with both the bike ride and the run featuring a lot of climbing, Mark did really well to finish in 17th place overall and 4th V40, given also that he was using it as a big training day for upcoming races rather than targeting and tapering. His times were 44.41 minutes for the swim, 3hr 49.09 for the bike and 3.03. 35 for the run, resulting in a finishing time of 7hr 45.08. After the event, Mark spoke to the Harriers about the day, commenting “i did the Snowman ‘legend’ 70.3 triathlon today. They bill it as the toughest UK triathlon…and in really high winds and rain today I can see why. 1900m swim, 95km bike (with 1600m of climbing) and a half marathon trail/fell run with 900m of climbing“. ..  (RESULTS)

On the same day V50 Andrew Knowles was competing in the Salford Sprint Distance Triathlon in a field of over 150 triathletes. (RESULTS). Posting times of 13.42 for the swim, 44.15 for the bike and 32.14 for the run, Andrew finished in 18th position overall and won his age category group (V50-59) in a time of 1hr 22.55 and afterwards told the Club about the day and his win “I started with the fastest seeded swim Wave, Wave 6 last of the day, exiting the swim in the top 3rd.. Salford is a very twisty bike circuit over 3 laps, so I opted for my road bike, the theory is it’s a lot quicker through the corners, and much preferred in the damp conditions. Entering T2 glancing at Rack 6 I was pleased to see there were only 4 bikes racked (from 67), but that effort had hurt, so take it steady on the run hoping the legs would come good. With 1K to go I got caught by an over 50 age grouper, his mistake was he came straight past into a block headwind, I was able to hold on. I sat behind him and recovered and with 200m to kicked over the bridge to edging him by 9 seconds and take the win.


On Saturday July 29th Janine Fallon took on the Lakeland 50 mile race racing in the V40 age category – a race that also covers close to 3000m of ascent in the process of running from Dalemain through to Coniston. Janine came through the finish line in a time of 13hrs 07.34. (About the race). Speaking to the Harriers before she set off for a well earned holiday, Janine told us “I came, I ran, I conquered the 24-hour Lakeland 50-mile race from Dalemain in Penrith to was amazing.


The Ben Rinnes Fell race on Saturday July 29th was the latest scene for Helen Leigh who has been in great form of late, racing in Scotland., notching jup some fine performances including wins. (RACE REPORT)


Helen placed 8th in the Women’s Race posting a time of 2hr 38.59 and was part of the team that finished top in the North of Scotland. Commenting after her race Helen said that it was a “Tough day out! Had to dig deep as definitely not feeling too snappy this morning, but ace to finish top team in the North of Scotland with the @highlandhillrunners ladies. 3 new hills for me!”


Race Report from Scottish Athletics

North District female senior podium, Claire Bruce, Helen Leigh and Caroline Marwick (picture by Helen Fallas)