Dale breezes in for third triathlon victory23rd May 2018 | Written by Carolyn Reid
Strong easterly winds created a challenging experience for the 100 or so competitors taking part in the Selkirk Triathlon, run by charitable trust Live Borders, on Sunday.
Picking up his third consecutive Borders title of the season was Edinburgh triathlete Craig Dale who has won the event thrice in the past and was elated to do so again. He said:
“I have had a brilliant start to the season and today’s event was my first standard distance of the season which brought a new level of pain but I’m really pleased with how it went!
It was very windy which made the start of the cycle very slow and hard and the last few kilometres of the run were brutal. Overall I was really happy with my form and I did it six minutes quicker than last year so that’s a good marker for me going into the slighter longer half Iron Man distances.”
The only Standard event on the Borders circuit, the Selkirk round attracted entries from near and far, including Haddington athlete Shona Bathgate who celebrated her 50th birthday by taking top honours in her age category and was third in the female overall.
“This has just been a fantastic day, My family (including sister Laura who lives near Melrose) have all come to support me and people were shouting out birthday wishes as I went round. People are all so friendly in the Borders and it makes the events even more special, we are now going to finish off the celebrations in Melrose.”
Swapping his shirt and tie for a marshalling jacket for the day was Live Borders Chief Executive Ewan Jackson who commented:
“There is a real buzz surrounding the Borders Triathlon events and the popularity of them has been growing year on year. Credit for that must go to the Live Borders Sports Development team who organise the Series and, of course, the many volunteers without whom we would not be able to stage it.”
The next event in the senior Series will be the Eyemouth Sprint Distance Triathlon and Come & Try events, hosted by Eyemouth Leisure Centre (01890 750 557), on Sunday, June 17.
To find out more about the series, click here.
Hawick Sprint Triathlon Results
- Craig Dale (02:04:47)
- John Lenehan (02:07:30)
- Ian Veitch (02:11:32)
- Anne Ewing (02:22:53)
- Lynne McKerlie (02:28:33)
- Shona Bathgate (02:36:12)
First Male Senior: Craig Dale (02:04:47)
First Female Senior: Anne Ewing (02:22:53)
First Male Vet 40: Steven D’Arcy (02:25:08)
First Female Vet 40: Isobel Joiner (02:47:45)
First Male Vet 50: Adrian Sowerby (02:21:55)
First Female Vet 50: Shona Bathgate (02:36:12)
First Male Vet 60: William Bunyan (02:33:51)
First Female Vet 60: Gillian Kennedy (04:24:17)
Full results can be found here.