Friday 14th April 2017

Conditions were almost perfect in Cupar as the Scottish Student Triathlon Sprint Championships kicked off.

This year the student numbers had more than doubled ensuring that it was going to be a competitive day. The race set up was a 750 meter swim, followed by a hilly 24km cycle and then a 5km run to finish.

First it was the swim – 30 x25m lengths – and first out the water was Kristof Anheuer (pictured) of University of St Andrews with a group of ten or so other athletes close behind, within that pack were Phoebe Lloyd-Evans and Aoife Fay (University of Stirling) the leading female students. Next it was out onto the bike a 24km undulating route with a long uphill struggle in the first few kilometres. Paul Kerr, University of Edinburgh, appeared first into transition on the back of the fastest split of the day closely followed by Luca Fanottoli (University of Stirling) and Nicholas Allan (University of Edinburgh).

For the females it was Aoife Fay who was first back in from the cycle. Continuing strongly into the run Aoife looked unbeatable as she took first place for the female students with Phoebe Lloyd-Evans second and Eilidh Thompson (University of Edinburgh) rounded out the top three.

In the male category after what can only be described as a sensational run Italian Luca Fanottoli (University of Stirling) managed to take back a handful of places to finish first. Second in was Nicholas Allan from the University of Edinburgh with Kristof Anheuer taking third spot for the University of St Andrews.

Mens

1st Luca Fanottoli – 1:05:12.3 – University of Stirling

2nd Nicholas Allen – 1:05:47.8 – University of Edinburgh

3rd Kristof Anheuer – 1:06:52.0 – University of St Andrews

 

Females

1st Aoife Fay – 1:15:47.1 – University of Stirling

2nd Phoebe Lloyd-Evans – 1:19:29.2 – University of Stirling

3rd Eilidh Thomson – 1:22:54.7 – University of Edinburgh

 

For the first time, this year’s championships held a team event which took into consideration the top three times from each university for to create both male and female team. The results were as follows:

Mens

1st University of Edinburgh

2nd University of Stirling

3rd University of St Andrews

Females

1st University of Stirling

2nd University of Edinburgh

3rd University of St Andrews

 

Well done to everyone who took part and to all the officials who made the event happen.

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