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Race Report 2012
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Many thanks to Jim King and family from Perth Tri Club for this years Race Report

The talk in the coffee shop amongst Perth Tri Club was ‘will they, won’t they?’ run the canoe section due to the wind. My team mate Ken and I were hoping the event would be changed to a duathlon as we couldn’t bear to listen to our other halves boasting all the way back to Perth about how they had a quicker canoe section than us, as they did in 2011.

I knew things were off to a bad start when I arrived at my canoe after a pleasant run along the beach and couldn’t find Ken, after a quick panic and finding the correct canoe Ken and I were off. First time in a canoe since last year’s CAT, into a head wind but we were actually going OK, not the fastest but holding our own and paddling our canoe in a reasonably straight line. We managed to get to the far end of the loch in front of the girls. On the way back our luck changed. I couldn’t steer the canoe in a straight line and 10 metres past the buoy the girls over took us to their great delight.

We finally got to the beach and another pleasant run to my bike. Note to self, always check cycle helmet prior to start of triathlon. My 10-year old son had borrowed my cycle helmet for a cycle race a couple of weeks prior to the CAT. I had to adjust my helmet in transition before I could leave; I also spent the first 20 minutes trying to slacken off the chin strap whilst cycling as fast as I could go. I enjoyed the cycle and managed to complete the route with only one person passing me. A little bit rougher in places than last year but this just added to the enjoyment.

Back in to transition, running shoes on and I was off for my first run since June this year. All the way round I just told myself to enjoy it as it’s my last event until April next year. Slight panic set in as I was running along the beach to the finish as I heard someone catching up with me, I dug deep and managed to finish in front of them.

My favourite event of the year, well organized by a helpful and friendly committee and set in a spectacular location. If I was only to do one event a year it would be this one.

Next year I hope to be better prepared and beat the ladies in the canoe section.

Tim adds :

From an organiser's point of view CAT 2012 was certainly one of the best. A bright breezy day and just great that Keith and team managed to make the canoe section work by changing to a more sheltered section of the loch. We’re also delighted that no one got lost and there were no serious injuries. Good to see so many familiar faces back for another CAT and enjoying the well earned barbeque on the beach and wondering where the keg could be to fill that pint glass! Wasps were the only annoyance – more than a few of us got an unexpected sting in some unlikely places!

Locals were predominant in all categories first male team of father and son Mike and Scott Dixon (Past it and Blast it) proved they have plenty life left in them with 3.41.19 not quite beating the CAT record they set in 2011 – longer run from the canoe this year. Forres’ Mums On the Run retained their female title in 4.20.12, whilst first mixed team Beauty and the Beast finished in a very similar 4.20.31. An impressive result for Rob Brown and Ian Laing from Grantown securing the local team prize.

In this Olympic year it is really inspiring to see possible future Olympians posting some great times – Calum Irvine (1st overall in 1.46.35) Scott Dixon, Scott Grosdanoff and Robert Sircus – expect to hear a lot more from them in the next few years.

Overall another great day. A big thank you to all - marshalls, local business and participants.

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