Festive fun for Kerry

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Kerry Macphee has confirmed her intention to compete for the Western Isles at next summer’s Natwest Island Games in Jersey - and she has revealed it could even be a family affair.

The Western Isles athlete has competed for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games since last pulling on a Western Isles Island Games Association (WIIGA) vest in 2013.

But despite an ever-increasingly packed calendar of events and races as she continues her rise to one of the UK’s elite cyclists she is determined to go on the medal hunt for the Western Isles again next summer where she reveals she could be joined by her sister.

She said: “I certainly hope to go to Jersey and compete in the mountain biking and team medal event. My sister Kirsty is actually going to try out for selection too for the squad and she is pretty handy on a bike too. It would be brilliant to have her there and for us to try and win medals together.”

At 2013’s Island Games which took place in Bermuda, Kerry was among the star turns for the heroic Western Isles squad which returned to home soil with a sensational ten medals - four of which were won by Ironwoman Kerry.

Kerry won two golds and two bronzes: gold in the Team Triathlon and a gold in the Individual Women’s triathlon and bronze gongs in both the Women’s Individual criterium and the Women’s Team Trial.

But although she landed a pair of golds in the triathlon events Kerry confirms plans she won’t be defending her titles in Jersey.

“I’m not able to commit to train for the triathlon I don’t think as I haven’t been in the pool since last October when I stopped triathlons and concentrated fully on my biking so taking on the triathlon event doesn’t make sense for me,” she explained.

“If I did it I’d want to do it as well as I could rather than just be there to compete so instead I intend to focus on my biking and potentially the road race. I think that is smarter as I also need to factor the island Games and the events I do into the rest of my season.”

It has been a busy end to the calendar year for Kerry with her continued involvement in the Scottish Cyclocross Champions in which she has been recently confirmed as 2014 champion and also a festive fun themed race.

She continued: “We had to dress up for the World Santacross Championships race in Mull which was a real experience. It was really good fun and we were all supposed to just ride for the enjoyment of it as it came the day after the serious race but of course while we all took it as fun we were all as competitive as ever and desperate to win.

“Mull was so wild and the wind was so strong it made it difficult to race. I don’t do well in the cold and I suffer from asthma which is induced by exercise in the cold but it was ok and while it was really hard work it is part and parcel of it.

“I shared the win with Isla Short and I crossed the line together after we made a decision to do so. We have become really good pals this year and we decided to ride away from the rest of the pack and cross together to celebrate the end of 2014. Both Isla and I are on the performance programme and we are the only two elite riders in Scotland.

“With Isla now training with me in Stirling we have become very close. She is very talented and she was the 7th in the world junior championships.”

Pictured is Kerry at the finish line of the Santacross.