Sunshine on Mull for hotly contested triathlon

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Conditions for this year’s Isle of Mull triathlon, which took place on Sunday May 12, couldn’t have been more different from the last time it was run.

October 2017’s torrential rain and gale-force winds were replaced by blue skies, a gentle breeze and temperatures of 17 degrees, perfect for the rigours of the outdoor disciplines of the event.

Twenty enthusiastic competitors took on the challenge of 24 lengths of the Isle of Mull swimming pool, followed by a 10-mile bike ride and finished off with a 5k run, based on two laps of a course around Java.

First place was hotly contested with Martin Duthie, of East Kilbride, edging it by 14 seconds over Craig Armour of Glasgow Triathlon.

The first female competitor to come home was Mari Lawson from Aberdeen and the team prize was taken by Anna and Andrei Bettinson, (Glasgow), aka team SafWaf.

Morag Brown from Taynuilt was first home in the over 50’s female category, with Darren Morley from Mull taking the male prize.

Event organiser  Ian Wright from Mull Runners was delighted with how Sunday’s Triathlon went.

‘This couldn’t have taken place without the support of an amazing team of volunteers helping with everything from timekeeping to marshalling – not to mention the fabulous homebaking, he added.

‘Special thanks go to Vanessa MacLean and Jackie Parker, for rustling up people and equipment, Joe Reade for doing the timing and, last but not least, Neil Goldsmith, of the Isle of Mull Hotel, for letting us use his facilities.

‘We’re all looking forward to next year!’