Lewis Murchie pipped by the smallest of margins

Phil Edgely (left) and Lewis Murchie, just after the prize ceremony at the MPH Westhill Sprint.
Phil Edgely (left) and Lewis Murchie, just after the prize ceremony at the MPH Westhill Sprint.

It is unlikely that Lewis Murchie will ever lose by such a small margin as he did at the MPH Westhill Sprint last weekend.

The race, organised by Henry Trotter and Aberdeenshire Council and sponsored by Bert McIntosh, involves a 750m swim, 21k bike and 4.5k run.

Lewis’s strong swim and first transition took him two minutes clear of the field but the gap between Fleet Feet/Total Endurance team mate Phil Edgley and Robert Harrison of Perth Triathlon Club had narrowed by around 50 seconds after the cycle.

As Lewis and Phil ran for the finish line, Lewis just held off the challenge as Phil continued to bridge the gap, and it looked like a narrow victory for the younger triathlete. But as is the case in triathlon, it depends on what position competitors set off in the staggered swim that counts, and Phil’s start of the race was five seconds after Lewis.

Amazingly, when the results were played out, both athletes had an identical time. Everyone assumed it would be deemed a tie but Henry Trotter’s system allow for hundreths of a second, and the two competitors were eventually split by the narrowest of margins. Phil therefore took first place in 1.03.19.04, with Lewis second in 1.03.19.05.

However, both athletes had good reason to celebrate such a unique occurrence as the two triathletes set personal best times.