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Sat 17th Aug 2019
Event Details
Bruce Bollock Buster
Held on: Sun 3rd October 1999

Race Details
Race Type:
Kayak (0k)  /  Bike (0k)  /  Run (0k)

After some very last minute changes to the bike course the event went ahead on a clear sunny day with a cool gusty northerly wind adding some decent chop to the normally calm waters of Lochore. Race instructions for this race are pretty explicit: canoe; out, round the islands twice and back bike; round the loch twice and, by the way on the first lap, climb that hill and come back down, run;climb that hill once and come back! As always the racing K1s and white water racers led off at the start of the canoe with Alan Meikle of Woodmill Canoe Club establishing and extending his lead over Clive Waghorn of the Bruce Triathlon Club followed by several Woodmill and Livingston Canoe Club paddlers. Alan came in in twenty eight minutes some forty seconds ahead of Clive who had a clear minute over third placed Brian Moore. The last paddler finally came home in a time of one hour five minutes! The transition to mountain bikes produced little change but as the cyclists set off straight up the hill via a grassy cowfield the gaps between the chasers began to close. However Alan Meikle's strong cycling only lost time to Livingston's Ian White and Edinburgh Tri Club's Colin Fergus strong challenge. The initial field was followed by a steady uphill track terminated a descent that had two extremely steep pitches that threw many cyclists close to the loose skiddy edge. The lochside sections had four stiles to negotiate and three other sections requiring various lengths of bike carrying. By the end of the first lap the overall order of the first three was established and then the gaps stabilised. Some of the slow canoeists were thrusting through the field but too far behind to make serious impression at the front. On the run, along the loch and then up Harran Hill on paths, Brian Moore clawed a minute back on Alan Meikle but no more. Alan held on to come home in an overall time of one hour forty three minutes, a minute clear of Ian White who was a further 45 seconds ahead of Brian Moore. Colin Fergus decimated Clive Waghorn on the run but was too far back to change the placings. Carnegie Harrier Iain Taylor produced the fastest run split but when clawing back thirty five minutes from the canoe did no more than place himself respectably in mid field. Mary-Rose Cross of East Fife Triathlon Club won the ladies event in a time of 2 hours 3 minutes and the youngsters of Strathkelvin Kayak Club, Chris Dowie and the female juniors team won the male and female junior events respectively All 29 competitors finished a tough event that once again awarded the fit allrounder with good canoeing skills.
5WaghornSuper Vet01:50:08
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