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Triathlon Series winners crowned

The 2019 Live Borders Triathlon Series came to a close over the weekend in Peebles with Duncan Birse and Michelle Short picking up the male and female titles respectively.

Duncan Birse took out the men’s title with 530.53 points ahead of Lauder’s Leahn Parry 525.35 with Newstead’s Jamie McGowan rounding out the top three.

Hawick’s Michelle Short made it back-to-back titles in the women’s with 479.34 points. Karen Mcquarrie come in second with 461.37 with Fiona Allan in third on 450.75.

Martin Kelly was crowned the series champion for the Come & Tri event after yet another win in the event on Saturday.

It was a mixed bag in Peebles with glorious sunshine on Saturday and torrential rain Sunday. The Peebles event drew over 400 participants across the two days.

Close to 120 Juniors and the 100 Come & Tri participants had glorious conditions on Saturday.

In Saturday’s Come and Tri event, Martin Kelly continued his fantastic season as overall winner in 00:37:52 with David Veitch and Ian Rowland close behind. Lynsey Morgan the best of the women with a time of 00:42:53, just one second ahead of Alison Johns in the tightest of finishes.

The September sunshine couldn’t hold out on Sunday for the Sprint race, with the rain coming in heavy making for some tricky conditions on the bike leg.

Ritchie Gardiner was the first person across the line in a time of 01:03:18. Catherine Garner was the first female to finish, posting a time of 01:11:17.

The 2019 Live Borders Triathlon Series has been the most successful yet with over 1300 people taking part.

The event kicked off in Galashiels back in April and has went via Hawick, Selkirk, Eyemouth and Kelso before the weekend event in Peebles.

Ewan Jackson, CEO of charity Live Borders said it was fantastic to see the Series continue to grow.

“The annual Triathlon Series is one of our biggest events and its fantastic to see the numbers participating continue to grow, particularly in the junior levels,” he said.

“It’s been fantastic to see so many people from the Borders getting involved this year but the Series also attracts people from all over Scotland, the UK and beyond so it’s a great event for the area.

“The Series certainly meets our commitment of making our communities healthier, happier and stronger.

“I would like to thank all the staff and volunteers who make the events possible, and to the participants who made 2019 so memorable. We are looking forward to welcoming you back in 2020.”

Peebles Sprint Triathlon Results

Overall Male: Ritchie Gardiner (01:03:18), James Smith (01:04:30), James Addie (01:04:50).
Overall Female: Catherine Garner (01:11:17); Michelle Short (01:12:00), Lesley Dunn (01:15:03).

First Male Junior: Ritchie Gardiner (01:03:18)
First Female Junior: Rachel Calvert (01:17:19)
First Male Senior: James Smith (01:04:30)
First Female Senior: Catherine Garner (01:11:17)
First Male Vet 40: Tim Griffin (01:06:36)
First Female Vet 40: Larraine Rettie (01:16:50)
First Male Vet 50: Calum Lennen (01:09:08)
First Female Vet 50: Suzanne Mercer (01:26:57)
First Male Vet 60: Eddie Turnbull (01:13:39)
First Female Vet 60: Therese MacLeod (01:22:23)

Peebles Come & Tri Results
Overall Male: Martin Kelly (00:37:52); David Veitch (00:39:12); Ian Rowland (00:39:19).
Overall Female: Lynsey Morgan (00:42:53); Alison Johns (00:42:54); Alison McLaren (00:44:21).

For a full list results and the Series standings, click HERE. 

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