Aquathlon podium for Garioch swimmer

GASC's David Smith crosses the finish line in the Scottish Aquatlon Championships.
GASC's David Smith crosses the finish line in the Scottish Aquatlon Championships.

Garioch Amateur Swimming Club member David Smith took part in the Scottish Aquathlon Championships on Saturday, (September 6).

Aquathlon is an event involving swimming (usually on open-water) and running and this year, as last, was held at Loch Lomond.

A 750m open-water swim in Loch Lomond was followed immediately by a 5k run around the grounds of Balloch Castle. This was the second time David had taken part in this event at this location.

The swim was a wetsuit compulsory 750m in the balmy waters of Loch Lomond and over 80 swimmers set off in the adult event. David had a much better swim than last year, exiting the water in a time approximately three minutes faster than the previous year.

The 5K run was through the picturesque grounds of Balloch Castle and David had a strong run finishing seventh across the line, preceded by a Scottish champion, a World Aquathlon fourth place finisher and Scottish Development Squad member, three Scottish Foundation Squad members and the top female Scottish Podium and Commonwealth Team member but was ahead of a few Scottish and GB vests.

David was awarded the bronze medal for being third Senior man and was happy with a time three minutes faster than last year. A first National Podium in Triathlon Scotland event for David.