Record entry at Gala

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UNLIKE last year’s event, where hypothermia was the norm, the first event in Borders Sport and Leisure Trust’s (BSLT) triathlon series at Galashiels took place in perfect conditions, with the sun shining on the 178 competitors who took part.

Competitors coming from as far away as Wick meant the event was, for the first time, fully subscribed.

Katrona Methven, Border Triathletes member, said: “I thought the event was a huge success, well marshalled, well directed, great routes, good hospitality afterwards, but more importantly, fantastic weather.”

Border Triathletes had 12 competitors in the event, with two coming away with trophies – Colin Stevenson and Rhoda Mcpherson.

Stevenson had a sprint on his hands at the end of the run, beating his rival by 1cm to take first male senior and overall winner in a time of one hour, one minute and 45 seconds. MacPherson (1.13.25) was first female vet and third female overall, losing first place by just 2.5 seconds.

Both the come and tri and sprint event had father and son duels. Rodger and Douglas Kerr competed in the come and tri, with the veteran international having to admit defeat to his much younger offspring, while in the main event Toby and Neil Vint were vying for position. Despite Toby having an excellent swim, once again youth shone through with Neil beating his dad.

Once again, Jonathon Taylor put in a stalwart performance coming in 23rd place in 1.10.51. Wife Liz was also competing. Jane Holmes, as always, performed well in a time of 1.15, coming in fifth female.

Other Borders competitors were Iain Fairley 1.17.50, Karen Haldane 1.19.48, John Haldane 1.23.39, Mike Donlevy, Justine Leuty in her first competition and Methven.

Lynne Lauder, activities officer at BSLT, said: “It was great to see the first event go without a hitch, especially with the record number of entries.

“We are indebted to the large number of volunteers who gave up a day to help, as without them it would not have been the success it was.”

Selkirk sees the next BSLT series event in May with a standard distance. The event is fully subscribed.