High praise for Selkirk duathlon venue

Selkirk Youth Club v Hawick PSA: Lewis Martin is brought to a halt by the PSA defence.
Selkirk Youth Club v Hawick PSA: Lewis Martin is brought to a halt by the PSA defence.
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The man behind the Bowhill Duathlon Series has praised the local venue this week following the third successful staging of the event.

Paul McGreal from the Selkirk-based Durty Events team told The Wee Paper: “Bowhill Estate is a great venue for these races – the staff are extremely helpful, the facilities are fantastic, and there’s an amazing network of tracks and trails.”

The series incorporates three races in December, January and February, and was originally staged at Glentress Forest. It successfully moved to Bowhill in 2012. All three races were sold out well in advance this season, with each having over 200 entries.

“The series of races bring around 1,000 people through the area during the winter – that’s got to be good for the businesses and profile of Selkirk,” added McGreal.

The final race on Sunday comprised a tricky and hilly mountain bike course, followed by a stiff trail run. Expected winning times for each of the sections were 40 minutes, but heavy rain and deep mud meant that wasn’t achieved on the run course, and was only just possible for the top few cyclists.

First home was Martin Graham of Midlothian CC in 1:30:38 with a two-minute lead over Graeme Warren from Edinburgh. Alexander Kemp of Clovenfords completed the podium places. The three of them also achieved the same positions for the overall result across the series.

For the women, Joanne Thom (Edinburgh Road Club) overcame a deficit on the bike stage with a strong run to take the win in 1:41:36. Second place went to Peebles-based Caroline Wallace, with third taken by Rosemary Byde (Edinburgh Road Club).

The overall series standing for the women were: 1, Joanne; 2, Rosemary; 3, Caroline.

Next up for Durty Events is the Selkirk Mountain Bike Marathon and British MTB Marathon Championships on May 10.