Perthshire triathlete Robert Harrison is reflecting on a memorable season.
The Rattray endurance athlete has posted impressive times both at home and abroad over the past 12 months.
This year has been the most fruitful in his long multi-sport career.
Robert said:“This has been my best season in multi-sport so far.
“In March I won the British Duathlon Championship in the 45-55 age group, placing fifth overall.
“Over the summer I won gold medals in the veteran category, for people over 40 years of age, in three separate Scottish Triathlon Championship races of different distances.
“This included fourth place overall in the Middle Distance Championship – which included a 1900-metre swim, 90-kilometre bike ride and 21k run.
“All of these races involved running down my competition in the final phase of the event as this is usually my strongest discipline.”
Robert continued:“I was able to round off the season by travelling to Ibiza at the end of October for the European Middle Distance Triathlon Championships, where I won a silver medal in the 45-49 age group.
“I made a good start from the beach running into the water and getting to the 200-metre mark among the first in my age group.
“I was able to stay in this front pack around the island that marked the halfway point but slipped back a little on the return leg. After transition I began the bike ride with both wheels slipping on the wet road surfaces in the first couple of corners.
“The rest of the ride was a very stop-start affair, slowing down to take the corners carefully then riding hard along the straights.
“I had been careful to take in calories steadily during the bike section and started the run at a strong, steady pace.
“Steady calorie intake and a demanding but controlled run pace allowed me to finish off the event with very little drop in speed in the last miles.
“This resulted in my first medal at European level and rounded off a long but successful season.”