Westhill triathlete Lewis Murchie’s performance in the Strathclyde Scottish Standard Distance Triathlon Championships at Strathclyde Park earlier this month has seen him win the Scottish Junior title and make the British Age Group Squad for the ITU European Triathlon Championships in Israel next April.
Lewis, who was the fastest Scottish qualifier in his age group, was delighted to have achieved this goal
He said: “My aim in this race was twofold - retain the Scottish Junior title if possible and also post a decent enough time to be considered for Israel.
“As the race unfolded, I realised I had plenty fresh energy left following my enforced lay-off through injury.
“Only near the end of the run did the legs start to give way, but the objectives were met and this was very satisfying.”
Out of 265 competitors from all over the country, Lewis was third out of the water and came off the bike leg in second place following his best ever cycle. In the end he came sixth overall in a time of 2hrs 1min 22sec.
With the season now drawing to a close the youngster admits that it has been a frustrating time.
Lewis said: “It feels great to be fully fit again but, unfortunately, I’m running out of triathlon races now!
“I have the Huntly Standard this week then it’s six months of hard graft and concentrated training prior to the Israel trip.”
Lewis warmed up for the gruelling Standard-distance race at Huntly this weekend with a local race on Sunday.
This was a joint-schools event, aimed at introducing youngsters to triathlon, “The Westhill/Cults Academy Family Triathlon”, which involved mainly youngsters but also various adults.
Having been well supported by Westhill Academy’s PE department during his school days, Lewis said he was honoured to present the prizes and also made a speech about his exploits this year.
Lewis’s coach Ken Bryson, who’s coaching company Total Endurance has helped Lewis during his career, feels there is far more to come from the Westhill teenager next year and has planned a whole programme for the winter months to help him prepare not only for Israel but also the full 2012 Triathlon season.