Despite nursing a long standing shoulder injury, Duncan Scott completed the tough Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon on Sunday 6th Jun.
The race is one of the oldest on the triathlon calendar and includes a 1.5 mile swim in cold water and with strong currents from just of Alcatraz Island ( yes the famous prison in San Francisco Bay, a half mile run to transition, an 18 mile bike course that takes in the Golden Gate Bridge and a tough 8 mile cross country run that includes a section over a deep sand beach and a 400 steps climb up a cliff in the middle of the run known as the Sand Ladder
Duncan completed the swim in 40 mins 57 secs and the first transition ( including the 1/2 mile run) in 10 mins 07 secs . His bike time was 1 hr 05 mins 33 secs and his second transition was 2 :58. Interestingly each athlete’s time for the 400 step Sand Ladder is posted separately with Duncan’s time being 3 mins 05 secs for a run time of 1 hr 4 mins 38 secs and an overall time of 3hrs 4 mins 11 secs. He was 55th in the mens 50-54 age group.
The race was won by San Diego’s Eric Lagerstrom o in 2 : 02 :06 just two seconds ahead of the USA’s Andy Potts, a multiple time winner. Potts is a past winner of the Escape to Bermuda Triathlon and a past guest speaker at the BTA’s Annual Prize Giving Dinner. Australia’s Ashleigh Gentle was the top female pro.