Westhill’s Lewis Murchie put in a strong performance at the Knockburn Standard which saw him cut nine minutes off his previous best time.
Lewis went from 20th last year to 4th this year and completed the swimming leg two minutes clear of the field but was eventually overtaken on the cycle by the more experienced Andrew Brierly, Frank Boyne and Phil Edgley.
Despite the endurance distance, Lewis was in control throughout, holding off a strong challenge near the end from Andy Williams in the last half mile.
The 18-year-old’s overall time was 2.12.53 for a 1500m swim, 42k cycle and 10k run as he also finished top Junior .
Lewis has recently been competing in Elite races down south where he has been competing against some of the best triathletes in the country.
“This longer “Standard” distance is what I like best and the game plan went pretty much to schedule at Knockburn,” said Lewis.
“I managed to build up a lead out of the water and just hoped to hold off the really fast cyclists for as long as possible. Only one flew past and then it was all down to the hard graft of the hilly run.
“Fourth place was beyond my expectations but the 9 minute personal best was even more pleasing.”