THE Ayrodynamic Triathlon Club were recently involved in two major events, as several members headed for Stirling and the Scottish Duathlon Championships, while others went to Peebles for the club spring training weekend.

The racers had a mixed bag of results, with one podium, a couple of excellent performances, but also some disappointment when early season illness and injury contributed to lower than expected times and placing.

Lorna Sloan won the bronze medal in the female supervet category finishing overall 118th in 2 hours and 47 minutes for the tough course of a 10 km run, 20 mile cycle and 5km run.

Tom Jessop made a terrific return to racing at this level after several years off, finishing top Ayrodynamic competitor on the day in a highly impressive 22nd overall, in 2 hours and 13 minutes.

The race was won by George Goodwin, from Rugby in the Midlands, in 1 hour 58 minutes. Karl Owens was 68th on 2.26, Alastair Stewart was 79th in 2.31, just missing out on a medal in the vintage category. Lorna Todd suffered similar disappointment in the veteran female category

placing fourth and 82nd overall in 2.31 and Mandy Stewart failed to fire on all cylinders, finishing 104th.

Meanwhile a large group enjoyed an action packed weekend just outside Peebles. Saturday morning saw everyone in the swimming pool at 7am for a stiff session supervised by coach Davie Auchie.

Breakfast dealt with, the group then set out in perfect weather on a long cycle, which took it up and over the challenging Talla climb, with its slopes of 20% in places, and snow lying beside the road.

On the return to their base, some of the stronger athletes still had the energy for a short run.

Sunday began in the pool once again, before a shorter cycle completed the training weekend, which was voted a huge success.