Triathlon

Perthshire Advertiser - - MONDAY’S TV -

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.”

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