Former British and Scottish endurance runner, Yvonne Murray, came out of retirement today to run her ‘Team Murray’ relay team home in an impressive 00:45:45 to claim eighth place in the GE Strathclyde Park Triathlon Novice race. Yvonne’s team mates were swimmer Cliona Ferguson, a Scottish Triathlon Junior Squad athlete, and Ruth Walker, a feature writer for The Scotsman, on the bike.
Yvonne Murray said: “I really enjoyed my part in Team Murray, the run was good until half way when my calf seized up and it was just a case of keeping going. I really didn’t want to let the team down.
“The whole opportunity has been great, the course was fantastic and really fun. One thing at a time though, not quite sure about doing a full one just yet! I watched two years ago and really wanted to join in so when I was asked to do it, I had to take the opportunity.”
Ruth Walker, The Scotsman Feature Writer, said: “It was a great day. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was very nervous to start with – made worse when I saw all the other hard core athletes and fans.
“It was really impressive to compete with Yvonne Murray, I didn’t quite realise until I got here what a big deal it was and what a great opportunity it was to race in her team. I’m not nearly fit enough to do all three elements together just yet but definitely more competitions, running and cycling mainly.”
Scotland’s own Ritchie Nicholls was crowned the 2010 GE Strathclyde Park ITU Triathlon European Cup Men's Champion with a time of 01.50.34. Hot on his heals were David McNamee and Bryan Keane who came in second and third respectively.
And Great Britain’s Jacqueline Slack (pictured above) became the 2010 GE Strathclyde Park ITU Triathlon European Cup Women's Champion beating off strong competition from Alexandra Tondeur and Charlotte McShane who came in second and third respectively.
Slack, from Stoke-on-Trent, came out of the water in the chasing pack where she remained until she pulled on her running shoes and pushed up through the field to take the lead. With a finishing time of 02:05:54 she exceeded her own expectations to take the win.