Triathlon Club prepare to stage inaugural event

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Tweed Triathlon Club are hosting their inaugural triathlon event on Sunday, September 6 this year.

The Borders and Bridges Triathlon, possibly the world’s first triathlon involving a bike stage with an international border crossing and certainly the first to showcase Berwick’s famous Elizabethan walls as part of its run route.

Based at the Swan Centre the Sprint Distance race commences with a 500m pool swim before athletes transit to their bikes for a 22km ride passing through East Ord, crossing the border into Scotland towards Paxton, and returning via another border crossing at Horncliffe’s Chain Bridge.

After a second transition at the Swan Centre competitors follow a 5.4km run route through the Goody Patchy in Tweedmouth before heading for a loop of the walls via the Old Bridge and then return to the Swan Centre finish area.

Entry to the race can be made online at http://www.entrycentral.com/Borders-and-Bridges-Triathlon and information about the event can be found at http://www.tweedtriathlonclub.co.uk/borders-and-bridges/

A Sprint Distance race is an achievable challenge for anyone new to the sport of triathlon or anyone keen to have a go, as well as being a popular race format amongst seasoned triathletes.

So far entries have come in from as far as Glasgow to the west, Perth to the north and Co. Durham to the south. We also have an entry from Norway!

The club hope to attract a broad spectrum of competitors to the start list but particularly to attract more entrants from the Berwick area.

Tweed Tri is a friendly group which offers coached sessions that can help athletes at any level to prepare for simply taking part and getting stuck in or for competitive racing. The club looks forward to hosting an event to provide that opportunity.