Borders triathlon series returns after two-year hiatus

Winners of Sunday’s Live Borders triathlon series sprint (Photo: Alwyn Johnston)

Galashiels Pool hosted the first event of the series’ 2022 season, attracting nearly 200 people on Saturday and Sunday, before further sessions in Eyemouth, Kelso and Peebles.

Three options are offered – Come Three, Beginner and Sprint.

The first event saw 20 runners compete in the 400m swim, 10km bike and 2.5km run, with Sam Heward taking the lead in 43 minutes and 59 seconds.

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The first female finisher was Katie Scott, who crossed the finish line fourth overall in 48:52.

Next up was the junior event, with more than 70 juniors competing.

In the 8-year-old class, Rhuari Toole was the first boy at 9:19 and Abigail Brooke was the first girl at 12:23.

In the 9- or 10-year-old class, Branna Kenny won in 15:09, 30 seconds ahead of her brother Seamus, who was tied for first with Eddie Niven at 15:41.

Another family affair in the class for 11 or 12 year olds, Charlie Lane made his maiden return at 19:38, four seconds ahead of twin sister Olivia at 19:42. Branna and Seamus Kenny’s sister Morven finished third.

Jai Diddee took the 13- or 14-year-old junior title in 25:21, while Katy Otterson took the first female finisher in 26:17.

Theo Cunningham won the 15- or 16-year-old athlete category in 26:14 and Jai’s sister Mili Diddee became the first female player in 27:14.

Sunday’s sprint saw 85 runners complete a 750-meter pool swim, a 20-kilometer bike ride and a 5-kilometer run.

Veteran Iain Veitch finished the fastest loop and race of the day with a time of 1:03:32.

Alice Loudon, the first woman to cross the finish line, also recorded the fastest run at 01:12:23.

Lynne Lauder, one of the organizers of the two-day event, said: “Everyone is excited to be back and it’s great to see former competitors coming back to support the new series.

“The feedback has been very positive.

“We had people competing in their first triathlon, and some experienced triathletes in their first race since the pandemic after a two-year hiatus.

“We hope the success of the Galashiels event will help drive the rest of the Eyemouth, Kelso and Peebles events.

“We have to thank the 30+ volunteers who came to help us put on arguably the best event we’ve ever done.”

The series will now move to Eyemouth on Sunday, June 19 for back-and-forth and sprints.

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