Momentum carries on for triathlon star

Andrew Woodroffe in action at Glen Clova.
Andrew Woodroffe in action at Glen Clova.

Forfar triathlon star Andrew Woodroffe has carried on in fine fettle following his astonishing top 20 finish at the World Championships.

The athlete finished 17th at the World Triathlon Championships in Canada earlier this summer - a remarkable achievement for someone who has only been competing in triathlon for less than three years.

Andrew enjoyed one of the quickest runs at the world event after a chaotic swim, with a hard bike course over the hills in between each leg of the gruelling event.

The run was fairly flat which suited Woodroffe.

He said: “I was extremely happy to finish in the top 20 in the world and it felt incredible.”

He suffered a bit of bad luck in an Olympic distance race two days later, when after an excellent swim he suffered a puncture to his back wheel just four kilometres into the 40km bike run.

The frustrated youngster said: “There was nothing I could do so I just rode the bike course with a flat tyre. I was never going to pull out of the race and I had worked extremely hard to be there, so I just tried my best and I knew I could have a good run.

“It was really difficult on the bike with people flying past me but I just had to keep my head down and push on. I managed to finish 40th of around 70 so I still beat a lot of people despite the puncture, but the results sheet did not reflect my ability at all.”

Andrew followed that up with a third place finish in the St Mary’s Loch Triathlion.

He said: “The swim was very cold but I remained near the front and pushed hard on the bike despite the wind. On the run, I had the fastest run time although it was off road and involved jumping fences.

“I was extremely happy, I was over the moon.”