GELSTON ATHLETE’S SUCCESS Gelston open water swimmer Thomas Wright has been experimenting successfully across several disciplines over the last year.
The 22-year-old was first out the water at his regular event, the Crossmichael Triathlon last year, completing the milelong open water River Dee swim in 26 minutes 30 seconds.
He then completed the hilly six-mile run for his team, All Wright, in 56.47 minutes.
In his first half marathon, Wright of Kirkbride was the first runner home for the Kirkcudbright Running Club at the Stirling Scottish Half Marathon in April last year, in a time one hour, 36 minutes and three seconds.
The Cross Border 10km Run from Carlisle to Gretna in January last year saw Wright come first for his club again, in a time of 45 minutes, 84 seconds.
Months later, the sports studies student knocked more than three minutes off his time to complete September’s Glasgow 10km in 42 minutes and 59 seconds, coming home first again for his Kirkcudbright Running Club.
In June, Wright took part in the World Triathlon series completing the sprint distance triathlon in one hour 34 minutes and 48 seconds.
He placed 11th in his 750m swim in just 12 minutes and three seconds.
He completed the 18.9km bike route 38 minutes and 53 seconds and the 7.5km run in 35 minutes and 50 seconds.
He said afterwards: “I had a decent swim and an OK bike ride. This was the first time I have competed at this level and it felt pretty decent.
“The run was tough with a very steep hill at the start just after the second transition. It took me a while to find a good rhythm, but finishing on the blue carpet was a great experience.”
Thomas came a very respectable sixth in his age group category, an impressive start to his sprint triathlon career.
The 2014 Stewartry Junior Sports Personality joined Dumfries and Galloway Triathlon Club in 2017 but has been away from the area latterly, after starting his sports studies course at Stirling University last September.
The keen athlete is supported by both Stewartry Sports Council and Dumfries and Galloway Council.
Thomas said: “I’m grateful for the sports council’s assistance, which helps me with entry fees costs and training, and to the council who enable me to access swimming and gym sessions.
Without their support it would be very difficult for me to train or improve.”
Thomas’ first event of the year is the Kirkcudbright 10k Run in May.
He said: “I’m also thinking of doing the Great North Swim again this year – but I’m undecided as to which distance to do at this moment in time.
“Unfortunately it clashes with the Leeds ITU and I would love to do that again. It will depend on my fitness levels and I will decide nearer the time.
“I will also be doing the Glasgow 10K or maybe the half marathon in September with the Kirkcudbright Running Club all being well.” DIVER SEVENTH IN THISTLE CONTEST Young Crossmichael diver William Ross scored a fine seventh place in the Thistle Trophy competition at Aberdeen on Saturday.
Representing Ayr Diving Club, 12 yearold William competed in the Novice Boys Group (12-13 yrs old) category.
The Castle Douglas High School pupil also flew the flag for the south-west at the Shipley Novices event in West Yorkshire the previous weekend.
William finished in a very respectable 14th place in a field of 36 divers.
RUGBY WARRIORS YOUNG STAR
Stafford McDowall has been named as Glasgow Warriors’ young player of the year.
The 21-year-old has had an outstanding season for the Warriors, having been named their joint player of the month for March after tries against Zebre and Toyota Cheetahs.
Stewartry Sharkettes played their first ever home game on Sunday.
Stewartry’s girls team took on Ardrossan Accies RFC girls at Greenlaw.
The Tennent’s West Divison One season came to an end with Greenock beating Annan.
The Inverclyde side won 69-10 to win the title, pipping Allan Glens at the last.
The result means Annan finish the division in sixth position, five points ahead of Stewartry.
GOLF KIRKCUDBRIGHTSHIRE CHAMPIONSHIP
All first rounds matches of the championship have been played and the results were:
New Galloway w/ o Colvend; Kirkcudbright 6 Brighouse Bay 0; Dalbeattie 3.5 Southerness 2.5; Castle Douglas 4.5 Gatehouse 1.5.
The semi-final ties to be played by Monday, May 20:
New Galloway v Kirkcudbright and Dalbeattie v Castle Douglas.
ATHLETICS ACADEMY’S HALF MARATHON
There’s still time left to get your entries in for this year’s Kirkcudbright Academy Half Marathon.
The race – as well as the walk, 10km and fun run – take place on Saturday, May 25.
There’s new routes for this year’s races, which can be found online at www.kahm. org.uk. Entries can also be made through the website.
For people not running, pitches and stalls are still available at the start finish field for just £10.
Cover will be provided but tables will need to be brought. Charity groups and community organisations are welcome to rent a stall for £10. Call 01557 330 440 for more details.
PIGEON RACING CASTLE DOUGLAS CLUB RESULTS
Castle Douglas Pigeon Club results from Lymm on May 4: 1, 2 & 3 J Riddick (989, 947, 939); 4 J Shennan (881).
Go girls Stewartry Sharkettes played their first ever home game on Sunday
Young diver William Ross
Experiments Thomas Wright
Bowls The annual mixed pairs competition was played at Kirkcudbright Bowling Club on Sunday, May 5. The competition, sponsored by David Mitchell of Osbornes, Kirkcudbright was won by Brian McClune and Jacqueline Gourlay. The runners up were Darren Gourlay and Anne Green. They are pictured with Shaun Hutchinson who presented the prizes on behalf of the sponsor.