The 13th Bowhill Duathlon Series kicked off with the Short event, at the Bowhill Estate in perfect conditions. When I say perfect, it was still a total mudfest, but the organisers didn’t have to cope with the snow and howling winds of previous years.
The Short is an eyeballs out effort with (unusually) the run first, followed by the bike. Carnethy was represented by myself, Nick Williamson (competing in his first duathlon), Adam Anderson, Mark Hartree, Kate Crowe (along with hubby Des, representing Dundee Hawkhill) and Alan Renville. Roy and Jesse Dahl were nowhere to be seen, and have probably grown tired of winning the relay. 😉
The run was a muddy 4km-ish of everything: rough trackless and variable forest tracks, paths and twin track, with occasional branches, brashings and fallen trees. Transition was in the stables area and thereafter the (very muddy) bike route (a combination of red, blue and green trails) encompassed good forest road, grassy/trackless areas, a singletrack path with exposed roots and a slippery bridge and several sharp bends and off-camber sections, ending in a tarmac climb into the estate road of about 6.5km.
Nick Williamson had a tremendous race to finish 2nd overall and 1st in his category (in his first duathlon – don’t you just hate some people?), with Adam Anderson just holding me off for second Carnethy, followed by Alan Renville, Mark Hartree and Kate Crowe.
As usual, a great day out and I think a few spaces may be left for the Medium and Long – sign up if you know what’s good for you! Results