Triathletes tackle tough Tweed course

The second annual Bridges and Borders Triathlon was held at Berwick on Sunday and once again proved to be a huge success.

The weather was not the best, with rain in the morning giving way to brighter, sunnier conditions in the afternoon, but the competitors all still seemed to enjoy themselves.

The event was organised by the Tweed Triathlon Club and was based at the Swan Leisure Centre in Tweedmouth where the swimming and all transitions look place.

After the swim, competitors cycled a route which took them to Paxton, before returning over the border for a run over the Old Bridge and around Berwick’s Elizabethan Walls.

First home was Phil Hall, of Alnwick Triathlon Club, who completed the course in a time of 1.10.33.5.

Second was the unattached Ben Mitchell in 1.13.39.3, with Graham Atkins of Aycliffe Triathlon Club third in 1.16.20.7.

First home-based competitor in the men’s race was Paul Graham, who crossed the finishing line in 1.30.14.6 for 21st place.

First home in the women’s event was Gillian Castle, of Alnwick, in 1.19.48.4, who finished over a minute ahead of Stephanie Robson (unattached) in 1.20.53.6.

Third was Kirsty Wood (unattached) in 1.23.17.4.

First Tweed club runner home was Lorna Rice, who was tenth in 1.39.59.1.

There were also prizes awarded for the top team, and various age categories, including seniors, veterans, super veterans and vintage.

Steve Flook, who was one of the principal organisers, said the event had gone off without any major hitches and he thanked the competitors and all the marshals for their help on the day.