Tweed Triathlon preview

Tweed Triathlon members Christine Lummis Ryan Thompson and Steven Flook training for the Bridges and Borders Triathlon.
Tweed Triathlon members Christine Lummis Ryan Thompson and Steven Flook training for the Bridges and Borders Triathlon.

Berwick is preparing to stage its first triathlon in almost 20 years, and there are hopes it will become an annual event.

The ‘Border and Bridges’ challenge is being organised by the Berwick-based Tweed Triathlon Club and is being held this Sunday (September 6).

The event will focus around the Swan Leisure Centre in Tweedmouth, which will be the start and finish point, and also the transition centre for athletes between stages.

The triathlon is a ‘sprint’ event, which is a shortened version of the more traditional race format.

Competitors will take to the pool at the Swan Centre, where they will swim 500m.

They will enter the pool at 9am and spectators are welcome to go along and watch.

This will be followed by a 21km bike ride and a 5km run.

The route for the cycle ride will take competitors out via Chain Bridge to Horncliffe and back.

The run will see athletes complete a circuit of the town which will take them to Spittal, Dock Road and across the Old Bridge to Berwick, around the Elizabethan Walls and back over the Old Bridge to the finish at the Swan Centre.

Organisers say there will be prizes for the leading individuals in each of the categories, plus a team prize.

Depending on the time of the last person finishing it is planned that prize giving will take place at 12:30pm.

Entry for the event was limited to 180, but it is expected that around 100 will take part.

The Border and Bridges Challenge is a standalone event and is not connected with the Borders-wide series which has been running throughout the summer.

The last time a triathlon was held in Berwick was in the 1980s, which proved to be a one-off.

Organisers say they are confident they can make this an annual fixture on the sporting calendar.

Tweed Triathlon Club are a community club based at the Swan Centre and have only been on the go for two years so putting together such an event for such a young club has been a credit to it’s members. New members are always welcome to come along to one of the swimming sessions held on Monday at 8pm and Wednesday at 7pm at the Swan Centre.

For more information visit www.tweedtriathlonclub.co.uk