Borderers get on the triathlon trail from the Tweed to the Thames

Triathlon trio, David Lauder, Jim Blythe and Adam Fletcher who are amongst the members starting up the TweedTri club
Triathlon trio, David Lauder, Jim Blythe and Adam Fletcher who are amongst the members starting up the TweedTri club

BERWICK’s newest sports club launched this week, and promised to get its members swimming, running and cycling all through the winter as they prepare for a triathlon.

The club, Tweed Tri, was launched with a meet and greet last week at Berwick’s Swan Centre.

The first meeting was well attended, with interested people from a wide range of ages and abilities treated to an entertaining run-through on the commitment and kit needed for fun triathlon.

Adam Fletcher gave a rundown of the kit neded to get started - and hopefully finish - a triathlon, and he was assured that athletes could get bikes, helmets, running kit and so on for not very much at all.

Squeezing in a look before driving down to the 2012 VIrgin Active London Triathlon was Paul Brothwood who was treated to road closures for the bicycle leg of his race - a rarity in the capital.

He was given a bit of advice from organiser Paul Jones: “There’s going to be 13,000 people there. When the swim starts you might want to go wide.”

Michelle Scott represented North of England Tri, a lottery -funded project hat is working to set up sustainable, community-driven triathlon clubs set up across the north of England.

“We’ve seen a small rise in the number of new clubs,” she said, “with a spike coming due to the Olympics and people wanting to try something new.”

This support means that Berwick’s newest club will get financial help for the first few months as it gets on its feet.

“So keep buying your lottery tickets!” laughed Michelle.

It is still possible to join Tweed Tri, with a year’s membership costing £20. As an introductory offer, wannabe triathletes who join before this month’s AGM will get £5 off that price.

Paul explained: “The idea is that setting up the club now means a whole winter of training is possible before competitions start up again in the spring.”

Suggestions for the running of the club are welcome. Training kicks off with pool work in the next few weeks, and Tweed Tri promises its members some open water action in warmer weather.

One of the youngest athletes interested was 16 year-old Andrew Hubbard, already a very keen swimmer, who is looking to add a couple of other sports to his bow.

“That was pretty interesting,” he said, “I quite fancy the idea of some open water swimming.”

“We’ve had some embarrassing moments of our own when it comes to open water,” admitted veteran Tony Lummis. “Once when we were out in the Tweed, one of our swimmers wanted to celebrate the fact he had recently become a father, so he started swinging up and down on one of the large buoys out there. Someone on shore spotted him and thought he was in trouble. We were very sheepish when the Lifeguard came out to us!

“Triathlon is that kind of pure sport, because you’re just racing against yourself. It’s a sport that takes over your life, and you love it for it.”