Triple Borders tri series success

Lucy Donladson takes a first place.

Three young athletes from GTC took first place in their age categories in a summer series of Junior Triathlons.

Brother and sister Fraser and Lucy Donaldson took the top position for the 9 to 10 boys and 11 to 12 girls respectively, while Jamie Glen was first in the 11 to 12 boys section.

The youngsters competed in three separate triathlons in Galashiels, Selkirk and Peebles at part of the Live Borders triathlon series.

Fraser, Lucy and Jamie scored the least points overall to be awarded with their top places.

Fraser and Lucy’s mum Michelle said: “This was a great series for the kids. There are not many full triathlons that children aged under 11 can do but this Borders series gave them a good introduction and an opportunity to compete in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

“Points are award at teach of the races with the winner getting the least. The overall winner is the one who accrues the lowest points.”

Fraser enjoyed competing in all three races. He said: “I like racing on different courses and the bike and run routes are off-road which makes them muddy and more fun. I was pleased to win the overall series.”

Lucy added: “I liked really racing these triathlons with my friends from the club because they are relaxed and friendly.”

Of the three races, Jamie liked Selkirk the most. He said: “Me and Cameron [O’Brien] did most o this race together, which I enjoyed, and it was a good course.

“This is my first trophy and I am very pleased with it.”

Other club members who too part included Lilian Smith, Holly Glen, Rachael Smith, Jamie Glen and Cameron O’Brien.

Juniors compete in Prestwick Aquathlon

On the same day , GTC had more of the junior section in action at the Prestwick Aquathlon.

Finlay Adler was second in the Tristar 1 Boys’ Race and Amiya Patel won the Tristar 2 Girls’ Race.

Maddie Paterson, who was competing in her first regional competition, came fourth in the Tristar 1 Girls’ Race.

Youth coach Wendy Gorman said: “It is great to see so many of our juniors enjoying these events and I am delighted that Fraser, Lucy and Jamie were rewarded for their efforts with overall first places. in the Borders Tri series.”