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2017 REPORT

The days leading up to the Duathlon featured horrendous weather. The Transition area was particularly depressing with deep mud, standing water and large quantities of cow poo! Mercifully, Saturday brought improvement with just brief showers and a light wind, from the north, making for good times.

There was only one new record but a notable one. Hugh Morrow, aged 15, finished 12th out of 87 in the race, with a time of 1.57.22, improving the junior record by nearly 20 minutes! The Morrows are great supporters of the event. Twin sister, Beth, 2.12.35, was also well inside the previous record and, remarkably for a junior she was 3rd in the Ladies Open (unfortunately her “Junior” category caused me to overlook her as a candidate for a prize in the Open). Not to be outdone, mum, Jill, 2.10.01, won the Veteran prize even though she is now a “Super Veteran”.

“Team Morrow”

Jill – first Vet

Jill Morrow - 1st Vet

Hugh – new Junior Male record

Hugh Morrow - Junior record

Beth – new Junior Female record & 3rd Open

Beth Morrow - 3rd Open

Another lady who defies the years is Claire Gordon. Claire is now a Veteran but continued her dominance of the Ladies Open, winning for the fourth time in five years, with a time of 1.58.51. The Mens’ Open was won for the third time by Ewan Taylor in 1.42.25, just one minute 24 seconds outside his own course record.

Claire Gordon, first Open, & Drew Sharkey

Ewan Taylor – first Open


The first Men’s Veteran, making his debut in the event, was Mark Harris, 1.50.41. The Men’s Super Veteran winner was Alec Keith, 1.52.26. Alec is another “evergreen”. In August he won the Open category in the Great Wilderness Challenge, setting a new record for over 50’s. The first Ladies Super Veteran, also competing for the first time, was Katie Boocock, 2.19.49.

Mark Harris – first Vet

Alec Keith – first Super Vet

Katie Boocock – first Super Vet

The Vintage, over 60, category was well supported this year. The winner was another debutant, Angus Bowman, 2.18.27, just 5 minutes outside Ray Wilby’s superb record.

Angus Bowman – first Vintage

The Challenge, with 47 entrants, saw more outstanding age related performances. Zoe Sharpe, who is just 11, managed 2.45.41, whilst, at the other end of the age spectrum, John McNally, who is 80, achieved a truly incredible 3.20.06. John has been a great supporter of the Applecross Duathlon but his knees dictate that this will be his last competitive appearance. He was, without doubt, the appropriate recipient of the Hornsby Trophy for the outstanding contribution to the day.

John McNally – Hornsby Trophy

My thanks are due to the numerous participants who have already given positive feedback, for example,

“Huge thanks for a great event yesterday. We were taking part for the first time and had a fantastic day on a brilliant course. Please pass on our thanks to everyone involved, it was superbly well organised and everyone was so friendly.”

And Judith Fish, in the Applecross Inn, wrote,

“Dear Gerry, Just to say, thank you for such a great day, lovely people, fab atmosphere, lots of business and a wonderful aura all day and well into the evening. We all enjoyed your Duathlon. 14 residents had already booked for 2018 but on departure they booked for 2019 ……no rest for the wicked !! Thanks again and well done to you and all the helpers, Judith and the team.”  

And a big thanks from me to the forty plus folk who contributed to, what many commented, was the “best Applecross Duathlon yet”.

Gerry Mcpartlin

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