Stranraer’s Ian takes triathlon crown


STRANRAER athlete Ian Hannah won the Crossmichael Triathlon held in the Stewartry village on Sunday.

The 49-year-old who has run numerous triathlons across the country this year, won the individual event after completing the one mile swim on Loch Ken, an 18 mile cycle and a seven and a half mile run in 2h31m.46s which was more than eight minutes ahead of his nearest individual rival Paul Maddocks.

Paul, who was second fastest in the swim, finished in 2.40.15 with Adam Dickie in third place in 2.43.55.

Ian beat off a strong challenge at the event which was revived last year and attracted individuals and teams of three from all over the country.

Ian was delighted with this victory against strong opposition and said: “I think it’s great for a wee village to have an event like this

“I do triathlons all over the country but I really enjoyed this one. My last one was in Cheshire where I qualified in my age group for the world event but couldn’t afford to go to New Zealand.”

He added: “Next year I will be going into a new category when I come up to 50.

One athlete who ran through the pain barrier was Dalbeattie butcher Norman Neilson. He finished in seventh place in a time of 2.46.52, which was remarkable after he received a knock on the head near the end of the swim.

It affected his balance as he came out of the water and later it affected an eye but he completed the race before going for attention and later to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

Norman said: “I don’t know what it was but I was hit on the head. I staggered out of the water and many would think I was drunk. I can’t remember anything about the cycle part and I was just running through instinct.”

The team winners were Gavin Shirley, Andy Precious, and Euan Hutchison from the Natural Power Team at Dalry who finished in a time of 2h.28m.43s, just 29 seconds in front of another National Power team made up of Diamuird Doyle, Paul Young and Ken Taylor. Third place went to local team Brian Johnson, Bruce Swanston and Alasdair Stapleton in a time of 2.38.23.