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Jets trio blaze a trail at Kelso Triathlon

Athletes of all ages and abilities gathered in Kelso last weekend to take part in the penultimate event of the Live Borders 2017 Borders Triathlon Series.

Over 150 entrants arrived at Kelso Swimming Pool on a rare sunny Sunday morning to participate in either the main Sprint Triathlon, the fifth in the series, or the popular Come & Tri event.

Hartree JETS Triathlon Club, Edinburgh, continued their domination of the Borders Series with Scott Robertson adding to his victory at Eyemouth by holding off Jets club-mates Daniel McFeely and Craig Goldie who ran in second and third respectively.

Having notched a 10th place at the Galashiels event and fourth place at Selkirk, Robertson, 28, remained focussed as he aimed to improve his place on the overall leaders table with an aim to winning the Series outright.

He told us: “There is huge competition amongst the Jets triathletes, especially me and Dan as we compete in the same age category.

“We train hard and we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses very well and I am trying to use that to my advantage. It is going to be very close when we go to Peebles in September.”

Many Borders athletes took to the course with Galashiels veteran Katrona Methven taking her third series win on the bounce in the Female Vintage section.

Making the step up from Come and Try to the Sprint event Hawick’s Sarah Phillips was delighted to complete the challenging course, which took in Stichill and Ednam during the cycle run.  

The Live Borders Health and Fitness Advisor told us: “It was quite hot and the cycle was a challenge but it was worth it once you got to the top as it really is a beautiful course.

“I felt I was ready for the step up and Kelso was the ideal place to do it as it is a familiar course. I would always advise people who are thinking of doing a sprint triathlon to come and look at the course first as it makes a big difference if you know what lies ahead of you.”

Live Borders Development Officer Neil Renton thanked everyone who took part and helped out at the event while local MP John Lamont, who also marshalled at the event, presented the trophies.

2017 Kelso Triathlon Sarah Phillips.JPG 2017 Kelso Triathlon winner Scott Robertson.JPG