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Seaside setting for triathlon finale

All waterways, tracks and roads led to Eyemouth on the weekend of September 17 and 18 when the final events of the 2016 Live Borders Triathlon Series took place.

Athletes from both sides of the Border congregated at Eyemouth Swimming Pool over the weekend with newcomers to the sport testing the water at the Come & Tri Event on the Saturday before the final Sprint test of the season on the Sunday.

Neil Renton, Live Borders Sports Development Officer, said: “The Eyemouth Sprint and Come & Tri events always attract a lot of interest both from athletes and spectators as they are the finale of the Borders Triathlon season.

“We had competitors travelling from Yorkshire, Renfrewshire and Fife to name but a few and, of course, the many Borders triathletes who support the events which are growing in popularity each year.”   

Action on the Saturday started at the pool where the Come & Tri athletes kicked things off at 12 noon with a 400 metre swim before they took to their bikes for a 10.88km cycle which took participants out to Coldingham and back.

The final stage (2.33km) saw runners making their way along the Eyemouth sea front and around the harbour before returning to the pool.

After completing their 750m swim on the Sunday, the Sprint competitors followed a new 19.14km cycle route (There were roadworks on the usual cycle route).

This year’s run (4.66km) also had the same start but took the seasoned triathletes through Eyemouth Golf Course and behind the High School before returning via the quayside.

Following the completion of Sunday’s race, presentations for the 2016 Overall Series Awards were held.

The Eyemouth Triathlon is the sixth in the Series which also sees events hosted in Galashiels, Selkirk, Peebles and Hawick before rounding off in Eyemouth on Sunday, September 18. Bookings can be made through the Live Borders Website.

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