Murchie steps up to mix it with the elite

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Westhill triathlete Lewis Murchie stepped up to face professional athletes at the British Super Series event at Strathclyde Park last week.

Lewis said: “I enjoyed the experience gained but it was an eye-opener at just how brutal the Pro’s can be, particularly on the bike.”

“I must admit, after the swim and first leg of the bike, I thought I was on for something really special because I came out of the water about 15th and my transition was excellent.”

However, Lewis fell away from the leaders and said he was disappointed with his run but finished in a respectable overall time of 1.08.38 for his 750m swim, 21k cycle and 5k run.

Olympian Tim Don raced away from the field and won the race in an impressive 58 minutes.

Lewis said: “Overall, the experience was very worthwhile and a good investment for the future. I’m still young and, at this level, inexperienced. So I will focus on the second of the British Super Series races at Blenheim Palace, which is only a week away.

“I’ll just go there looking to carry out a similar game plan, using my swimming ability to keep near the front and hope I can still hold something back for the run.”