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PICTURES: Record-breaking day at Gordonstoun School as Moray Firth Triathlon Club staged a successful sporting festival for school age and senior competitors

By Craig Christie

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GORDONSTOUN once again hosted a successful Moray Firth Triathlon Club festival on Sunday.

The annual event took a break last year due to Covid but was back with a bang as 66 competitors from across the north took part.

Course records were smashed as a strong field battled it out over a Sprint and Super-sprint distance in and around the grounds of the famous Moray school.

The sprint consisted of a 775m swim in the pool followed by a 25 km cycle on local roads and ended with a 5k run within the beautiful grounds of Gordonstoun.

A 275m swim, 6k off-road cycle and a 2.4k run made up the super sprint, while the schools relay followed the same course as the super-sprint with a team member undertaking either the swim, bike or run in a relay.

The courses started off damp, following rain the day before and overnight, but the weather improved throughout the morning leading to excellent racing conditions.

Full results can be found here.

Forres youngster Bruce Evans was the overall winner of the sprint competition, setting a new course record time and beating his nearest rival by over four minutes.

Ella Chalmers led the women home, and notably both winners were in the 15-16 year age group category.

Kevin Morice took the overall win on the super-sprint course, breaking the course record by over a minute.

Rachel Carre was the first woman home, also smashing the course record.

The schools team super-sprint competition, sponsored by Lees Wealth Management was won by a Gordonstoun team consisting of Callum Wright, Nicholas Warren and Daniel Claydon, again in a record time.

A Moray Firth Triathlon spokersperson said: "The club would like to thank Gordonstoun School for hosting the event in their magnificent grounds, Lees Wealth Management for their sponsorship of the Schools Trophy, all the volunteers who helped make the event a success and especially the participants who gave it their all."

More information can be found at www.morayfirthtriathlon.co.uk.

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