Triathlon duo representing Scotland in top British championship

Triathlon pair
Triathlon pair

TWO rising sporting startlets are representing Scotland in a prestigious British triathlon championship in Durham on Sunday.

Milngavie’s Alexander Milne and Daniel McGarrie, from Bearsden, both 11, have been selected to represent Scotland at under 12 level in the British Triathlon Inter-Regional Championships at Hetton Lyons Country Park, after a series of tough competitions over the last couple of months.

The youngsters are part of a 14 strong team of sporting youths aged 11 to 16 - all competing for one of the coveted podium place. Last year the team were placed seventh overall.

Alexander, a pupil at Kelvinside Academy, said: “I hope to do well, but am not sure how I will do especially in the open water swimming.

“This will be a real challenge as I haven’t done this before.”

And asked how he felt about competing he said he was nervous, but excited. He added: “I have never taken part in a competition at this level before so am a bit nervous as I don’t know how good my competitors will be.

“But I really like triathalons. They are fun and people are friendly.”

Alexander, also a pupil at Kelvinside Academy, qualified second behind Daniel in the last of the qualifying event - the Scottish Youth Triathlon Championships in Bellahouston on August 11.

Both will compete in a 200m open water swim, followed by a 5.5km cycle and a 1.8km run against competitors from nine English Regions and Wales.

The boys, who have been competing since they were eight, have spent the last year working towards qualifying for Sunday’s event and have taken part in at least 12 competitions each.

The pair will make a formidible team as Daniel is a very good swimmer and a keen member of Milngavie and Bearsden Swimming Club and Alexander excels in cycling.

Both boys train with Fusion Triathlon Club in Glasgow.