SWIM­MING

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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.

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