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Triathletes blown away by Selkirk course

Blue skies and a brisk breeze made for an enjoyable but challenging experience for the 80 or so competitors taking part in the Selkirk Triathlon on Sunday.

Picking up his second consecutive Borders title of the season was Edinburgh triathlete Craig Dale who has won the event twice in the past and was elated to do so again.

“I always enjoy coming down to compete at Selkirk at this time of year and to have come in fastest is amazing,” he said.

“It was very windy which made it interesting on the cycle and the last few kilometres of the run.

“The bike run was very scenic and there were some quite challenging climbs which made it even more enjoyable.”

Craig qualifies to be a GP in August and has spent 18 months of his training at the BGH when he also found time to run and cycle much of the surrounding area. Next he heads for Austria and Germany for the European Championships.

The only Standard event on the Borders circuit the Selkirk round attracted entries from near and far, including Spanish athlete Diego De La Hoz who couldn’t praise the organisers of the event enough.

“This is my first time in Selkirk I thought it was amazing,” he said.

“The view from the top of the climb on the cycle run was just stunning and the staff along the course were fantastic. They were really helpful and cheered you up along the way which really helps keep you going.

“I am really pleased and happy to have been part of this today.”

Swapping his shirt and tie for a marshalling jacket for the day was Live Borders Chief Executive Ewan Jackson who commented: “The popularity of the Borders Triathlon Series has been growing year on year and credit for that must go to the Live Borders Sports Development team who organise the event and, of course, the many volunteers without whom we would not be able to stage it.”

Selkirk Leisure Centre Duty Manager Lee McCudden thanked everyone who took part and helped out at the event while Live Borders Triathlon Development Officer Robyn Methven presented the trophies.