Former footballers rise to duathlon challenge

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Four former Hawick United teammates took on a new sporting venture at Sunday’s Bowhill Durty Duathlon Mountain Bike and Cross Country Run.

Derek Campbell and Ged Smith competed in the team relay event, while Kenny Short and Keith Murray took on the bike and run. Short qualified second in the veteran men’s category and Campbell and Smith came third overall in the relay race.

“The conditions were pretty grim at times, as it was very icy and muddy,” said Campbell. “But it was still a fantastic day out and I’d highly recommend it.” Although an experienced cyclist, this was Campbell’s first duathlon, but he enjoyed it so much he’s keen to return.

“I’ll definitely sign up for the longer race at the end of February,” he added.

Starting at Bowhill House and Country Park, just outside Selkirk, the route led competitors through tunnels, streams, single-track paths and brambles, culminating in a trecherous icy run through the mud at the country park.

The first Durty event held in this location, the Bowhill Winter Duathlon Series replaces the Glentress Duathlon due to fee and access issues. But judging by the success of Sunday’s race, Glentress fans will not be disappointed. Bowhill House and Country Park has enough obstacles to keep both experienced duathlon competitors and newcomers to multisport entertained.

The third and final race in the Bowhill Winter Duathlon Series takes place on February 24. More info at