TRI247
Search
shop

Aberfeldy 2021: Brashaw and Byram claim British Middle Distance Championship titles

There were British and Scottish Middle Distance Championship honours on the line at Sunday's Aberfeldy Middle Distance Triathlon

Chief Correspondent
Last updated -
SHOP

Long distance triathlon has been taking place in Aberfeldy, Highland Perthshire, Scotland for about as long as I can remember. And my memory for most things is pretty average, I’d say that for the sport of triathlon it is significantly above average. Basically, it’s been part of the domestic calendar for a long, long time!

No part of the Aberfeldy Multi Sport Festival, the Middle Distance triathlon played host once again to the British and Scottish championships on Sunday, just as it did in 2019.

Significantly north of 500 entries were received, and judging by the names present with the top-10’s (see below), of both the men’s and women’s results, some high quality racing followed too.

Advertisement

Hugh Brashaw’s season continues

Another cracking result for Hugh Brashaw, who was first across the line last month at IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire.

Two minutes down of swim leader Nathan Ford, he produced one of the best bike splits of the day to move through the field and start the run in close contention with James Scott-Farrington, but still more than a minute down on Alex Woodman (Tripurbeck). Benjamin Goodfellow and the fast-running Ewan Brown – recent winner, in course record time, of the Celtman Extreme Triathlon – were among those not too far behind either.

Brashaw needed to run well, and he did, taking the victory by a minute and a half. Ewan Brown – just – got the silver – in a very close finish with Scott-Farrington, with the rest of the top ten packed with familiar names, national champions, and even an IRONMAN World Championship Age-Group winner (Aaron Tomasz, 10th).

[UPDATE – I’ve just found out since writing the report that swim leader Nathan Ford was involved in a serious accident on the bike section, with potentially life threatening injuries – brain and spinal. Devastating news to hear, “We have a long and frightening road ahead of us” posted Nathan’s wife, Catrin, on Facebook.

Currently in intensive care in Scotland – 500 miles away from their Welsh base – you can support Nathan and his family on what will be some difficult times ahead here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/nathan-ford]

Lucy Byram goes long – and wins

Lucy Byram has been a familiar name in draft-legal racing at the British Triathlon Super Series for many years now, and Sunday’s race was her first attempt at the distance. She made it a good one!

Second out of the water – with only Megan McDonald ahead – and then took the lead with a race-best bike split of 2:39:50.

She had some very fast runners chasing her courtesy of Olivia Matthews (1:18:25) and Hannah Lord (1:15:35), but her work on the bike, combined with a 1:21:07 run was enough to hold on for victory, with Matthews and Lord completing the women’s top three.

As with the men, plenty of familiar names filling that top ten overall.

Results – 2021 British and Scottish Middle Distance Championships

Aberfeldy Multisport Festival – Sunday 22nd August 2021
1.9km / 90km / 21.1km

MEN

  1. Hugh Brashaw – 4:01:36
  2. Ewan Brown – 4:03:05
  3. James Scott-Farrington – 4:03:09
  4. Finn Arentz (Loughborough University) – 4:06:13
  5. Alex Woodman (Tripurbeck) – 4:08:04
  6. Donald Brooks (Torq) – 4:08:35
  7. Benjamin Goodfellow – 4:09:31
  8. Josh Holman – 4:10:49
  9. James Adamson (Fleet Feet Triathletes) – 4:10:58
  10. Aaron Tomasz – 4:11:46

WOMEN

  1. Lucy Byram – 4:31:04
  2. Olivia Matthews (Optima Racing Team) – 4:33:28
  3. Hannah Lord – 4:33:53
  4. Megan McDonald – 4:38:20
  5. Henny Tarasewicz (Team Bodyworks) – 4:41:59
  6. Laura Gray (Total Tri Training) – 4:42:54
  7. Anna Birrell – 4:45:59
  8. Bex Rimmington (Hoao Multisport) – 4:46:02
  9. Anne Ewing (META Tri Division) – 4:47:27
  10. Lauren Wilson (Edinburgh RC) – 4:48:10
John Levison
Written by
John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
Discover more
Beginner Triathlete Race Day Checklist
Triathlon Race Day Checklist – A Beginners Guide
Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade / Challenge Walchsee 2023
How to pace a hilly half distance triathlon – Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee race day tips
sumarpo triathlon swimming wetsuit
Wetsuit buying guide – How to choose the best wetsuit for triathlon, open water swimming, SwimRun and cold water
Challenge Family Roth
Five things you need to know about the Challenge Roth bike course
Riixo Recovery compression calf sleeves sports recovery
How to relieve sore muscles and recover faster between training sessions
latest News
Rio 2026 Olympic Games triathlon female podium - Gwen Jorgensen, Nicola Spirig, Vicky Holland
Olympic Games Triathlon: Gwen Jorgensen breaks down what went wrong after missing out on USA team for Paris 2024
Taylor Spivey / Sophie Coldwell Super League Triathlon Munich 2022
Taylor Spivey’s touching message to Sophie Coldwell after Olympics heartbreak – ‘I know how this feels Soph’
An emotional Sophie Coldwell wins WTCS Yokohama 2023 photo credit: World Triathlon / Tommy Zaferes
British Triathlon explain ‘difficult decision’ after Sophie Coldwell Olympic Games triathlon omission
Sophie Coldwell WTCS Cagliari 2024
Sophie Coldwell heartbroken and “angry” after missing out on Olympic Games triathlon spot at Paris 2024
Jonathan Brownlee / Jonny Brownlee - World Triathlon Cup Arzachena 2022
Olympic Games Triathlon: Jonny Brownlee reacts after missing out on Paris 2024 spot for Team GB
triathlon on your terms
Never miss out with our triathlon alerts & digest. Get a dose of adventure & inspiration with Boundless.
Invalid email address
The SBRX Group

Proudly elevating endurance sports through content, products & services

SBRX
RUN247
GET RACE READY - SHOP WITH SBRX
GET RACE READY - BUY WITH SBRX
Share to...