Ythan CC succesfully promoted the Bob Souter Memorial Trophy last Sunday on the rolling Ythanbank/Methlick return course. The 10-mile time trial attracted a field of 27 riders including fastmen Simon Van Bellen and Joe Nicolson (Aberdeen Wheelers) along with Bob Brown (Sandy Wallace Cycles).
They didn’t disappoint and proved to be the fastest on the day with Van Bellen beating his teammate Nicolson by 22 seconds with Brown taking 3rd place a further 42 seconds behind.
Warm conditions were also accompanied by a strong headwind on the return leg but that didn’t stop 9 riders going under 25 minutes with Ythan’s top youth rider Jordan Stronach securing ninth place in a time of 24m 36s.
It wouldn’t be an Ythan event if the topic of youth didn’t make the headlines and with Stronach claiming first youth, Lewis Goodlad’s fantastic personal best of 25m 56s secured him first place on handicap and the Bob Souter trophy.
Ythan’s resident triathlete Dave Horne has also been busy with two top performances in recent races in Northumbria and at Grantown respectively.
Horne travelled down to Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, 20 miles north of Newcastle. The race consisted of a 750m sea swim with a running start from the beach, then a 23km bike around a flat and fast course also taking in the A1086 dual carriageway, finishing with a 5km run along the infamous promenade.
Five hundred athletes split into four waves with Horne braving cold temperatures and with little room to manoeuvre he was regularly kicked or hit as well as swallowing water. As the swim went on, it calmed down and he eventually exited the sea in 10th and ran along the beach to transition.
The bike course started in the town centre and made its way up towards Woodhorn and Ashington, down the dual carriageway to Newcastle and a left turn back into Newbiggin. In the town centre it was fairly tight resulting in a few close calls as riders came close to the barriers and other cyclists.
Horne completed three laps of the 23km course in 35:46mins before taking on the run where he produced a final 5km in 19 mins which was enough to secure second in the Vets (40-49) and gain automatic selection for the GBR age group team at the 2014 European Triathlon Champs in Kitzbuhel.
Last weekend Horne was closer to home at Grantown at the Try a Tri involving a 300m swim in a 20m pool, 16km cycle and 3-mile run. Horne placed second in 2012 and third in 2011, so a combination of progression and outstanding form meant that the Ythan triathlete was one of the race favourites.
An average start in the swimming did not deter him and he won the event, crossing the line in 51mins.