THE second of the Borders Sport and Leisure Trust’s triathlons moved into Selkirk on Sunday when competitors had to deal with torrential rain, gales and sunshine.
It has been known to attract international competitors, but not as far as Australia – until this year.
In its third year as a standard distance triathlon, (1500m swim, 40km cycle, 10km run) 82 competitors set out, but not all finished as some had punctures on the steep descent on the cycle route.
Kate Cora, an Australian spending a year in Scotland, said: “I am only here for a short time and this triathlon has been a huge highlight, everyone was so friendly.
“Every marshal was brilliantly supportive and helpful. The course was well-marked and safe, although the hills were difficult. It was well-organised and heaps of fun.”
Ten hardy Borders Tri Club members took part with success – Colin Stevenson took first place in a fantastic time of two hours seven minutes, quite a considerable time in front of his nearest rival.
Next club member in was Jonathon Taylor in a time of 2.28 with a stormer of a run to give him 11th place. Keith McLure was not far behind in 16th place with a time of 2.32.
First female home was Rhoda McPherson from Innerleithen, taking first female vet in 2.35, chased all the way by team member Jane Holmes, who finished in 2.36.
Rob Quarm was looking good in 28th place in 2.38 and Jackie Law and Suzanne Mercer battled it out with Jackie pipping Suzanne by 30 seconds.
Mike Donlevy came in 58th position with Liz Taylor swimming a stormer to put her team in first place.
Among the 98 entrants was Duncan Sinclair, BSLT’s depute chief executive, who led by example on the demanding course.
Colin collected a total of 133.3943 points from Ian Logan on 130,0815 to lift the overall male prize.
Best lady was Hazel Smith with 115,3733 points while Innerleithen’s Rhoda McPherson collected the third overall as well as the first veteran female prizes.
“It was a great day and a huge success,” said Lynne Lauder, the trust’s activities officer.
The show now moves on to the duathlon at Tweedbank, on May 29 and the Peebles triathlon on June 12, with an overall winner at the end of the Borders series when the best four scores count towards the title.