Borders dates for 2020 Summer Triathlon Series

Live Borders, the charitable culture, sport and leisure trust for the Scottish Borders, has unveiled the summer dates for the 2020 Triathlon Series.

Thursday, 16th January 2020, 3:35 pm
The award winners at last year's Hawick Triathlon (archive imnage by Alwyn Johnston)

This will be the 17th annual series, consisting of 12 main events and three junior events, all delivered by the group’s dedicated Triathlon Team. The events – which were a huge succes in 2019 – bring in people from all over Scotland, as well as attracting Borders- based Triathlon fans.

The Series will once again kick off in Galashiels in April and there is a choice of five Sprint distance events, five Come & Tri races – which are suitable for beginners – and three Junior events, as well as a standard triathlon and a duathlon.

“These events have really put the Borders on the map as far as triathlon is concerned with competitors, and their families, travelling from all over Britain, and sometimes even from abroad to take part,” explained Live Borders sports development officer, Neil Renton.

“The Live Borders Triathlon Series has got bigger and bigger every year and last year was no exception, with over 1300 athletes taking part.

“It takes a huge effort from everyone involved to make sure the events run smoothly and are managed correctly, so the success is very much down to all those who give up their time to help.”

After picking up her trophy, last year’s winner of the female overall title, Hawick’s Michelle Short said: “This whole series is fantastic. Everyone is so friendly and the facilities are great. It’s well organised and the routes are amazing.”

The key dates are:

Galashiels Junior and Come & Tri – Saturday, April 18. Galashiels Sprint – Sunday, April 19.

Hawick Come & Tri and Sprint – Sunday, May 3.

Selkirk Junior – Saturday, May 16. Selkirk Standard – Sunday, May 17.

Eyemouth Come & Tri and Sprint – Sunday, June 14.

Kelso Come & Tri and Sprint – Sunday, August 16.

Peebles Duathlon – Sunday, September 13. Peebles Junior and Come & Tri – Saturday, September 19. Peebles Sprint – Sunday, September 20.

Participants will be able to take advantage of an early-bird booking special with discounted rates on offer until Saturday, February 29.

For more information and to register for a race visit: www.liveborders.org.uk/sport/triathlon.

Live Borders is also offering the chance to get cycle fit, with pre-season cycle camps taking place on March 14-15 and March 21-22.

Live Borders Cycle Training Camps will offer an effective way to boost your early-season preparation for riders aged 16 years and over.

Working with expert British Cycling coaches, the camps are limited to eight people and will involve a hybrid of gym and road-based sessions.

For more information, visit www.liveborders.org.uk/sport/