Triathlon tri­umphs

The Galloway News - - READER TRAVEL -

For­mer Cas­tle Dou­glas High School pupil Eilidh Thom­son com­pleted a suc­cess­ful week of races, cul­mi­nat­ing in the Bri­tish Triathlon Age Group Cham­pi­onship sprint races at Wood­horn Coun­try Park in Northum­bria on Sun­day.

In her first year of the 20-24 age group, 19-year-old Eilidh fin­ished third in her age group and seventh over­all in the women’s race.

The pre­vi­ous Satur­day, Eilidh was one of four stu­dents from Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity who were nar­rowly beaten into sec­ond place in the Scot­tish Triathlon Na­tional Team Re­lay Cham­pi­onships held at Monikie Coun­try Park.

The dis­tance is short, the pace is high and team tac­tics come into play.

It is pos­si­bly one of the most ex­cit­ing races in the race calendar with po­si­tions chang­ing on each leg.

With the sun still blaz­ing down on Sun­day, it was back to Monikie Coun­try Park for the Scot­tish Triathlon Na­tional Sprint Cham­pi­onship races where Eilidh fin­ished a cred­itable 11th with for­mer class­mate, Sam Hod­son, now at Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity, fin­ish­ing in an ex­cel­lent fifth place in highly competitiv­e fe­male and male races.

Both ath­letes were cheered on by coach Linda McLean who had some words of wis­dom for both at the end of their races.

If you fancy giv­ing triathlon a go, Triathlon Trust Dumfries & Gal­loway is or­gan­is­ing a non- competitiv­e sum­mer GoTri series across the re­gion, more de­tails on Facebook or con­tact re­bec­ca­[email protected]­ .

On form Eilidh Thom­son and Sam Hod­son with coach Linda McLean

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