TW Race Report: Norwell Knockburn Triathlon



by Louise Steggals

norwell knockburn triathlon
Credit:   IAIN MACINTOSH

Distance: 1.5K/ 42K/ 10K
When: June 12
Where: Knockburn Loch, Aberdeenshire
First man: Andrew Brierley 2:11:07
First woman: Rachel Boyd 2:23:45
Last finisher: 3:42:14
No of finishers: 107

As triathlon increases in popularity, event organisers need to find unique selling points to bring athletes to their race. A purpose-built loch is going to take some beating.

Organised by Fleet Feet triathlon club, this event gave athletes the choice of standard and sprint distances. The cloudy but warm conditions meant that most athletes felt comfortable racing in just their trisuit.

After just over two laps of the loch, competitors headed out on a 42K bike ride on open country roads. One or two short, sharp climbs and descents kept riders alert.

A single loop of road and forest trails made up the 10K run, which took participants to the finish line and the post-race barbecue.

In the men's race, Lewis Murchie had a clear lead exiting the water, but was chased down on the bike, with Andrew Brierley overtaking him on the run to claim first place in a time of 2:11:07.

Rachel Boyd's superb swim in the women's race (her time was 20:08) meant she was able to hold off a brave challenge from Isobel Joiner whose magnificent efforts in the run saw her close a gap of more than two minutes to just 25 seconds.


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