Westhill’s Lewis Murchie finished the season on a real high and very nearly won his first ever outright Standard-Distance Triathlon at Huntly on September 25.
Only an unexpected appearance from top Junior Elite and GB Youth Olympics competitor Andrew Hood denied Lewis victory.
After a colossal battle in the pool over the 1500m distance, underdog Murchie came out of the water ahead of Hood after producing a massive personal best in that discipline, but Hood’s experience on the world stage eventually showed as he completed the 38k cycle and 11k run in 2.03.37, with Lewis in second, his highest ever position in a Standard, in 2.07.54. Experienced distance and Iron Man competitor Martin Goodlad was 3rd in 2.10.54.
Although disappointed that the rare opportunity for an outright victory at this distance had been denied him, Lewis was both philosophical and positive about the race and the future.
He said: “ I need to keep things in perspective. Andrew Hood is a top Scottish and British performer, so his presence at the race was a real boost for the MPH Series.
“For me, although it made the challenge so much harder, it was great to mix it with one of triathlons best prospects.
“I overtook him in the pool and took forty five seconds off my best 1500m time to lead as we took off on the bike.
“Although his experience certainly told from then on, I held on to second place and took six minutes off my best time at Huntly, so the prospects look good for next season.
“It’s just a pity about the 6 month winter gap now but I hope to be fit and raring to go for the European Championships in Israel next April.”
Lewis will factor in as many endurance duathlon and running events over the winter and he also hopes to attract sponsorship for next season.