Swimmers, runners and cyclists showed tremendous endurance and speed in challenging conditions, as they took part in the Hebrides Triathlon (HebTri) on Saturday (July 28th).
The triathlon was open to individuals, duathletes and triathletes, with some completing the newly re-designed course as individuals and others working as a team.
The three fastest swimmers on the 1500m course in Loch an Dhun were Kirsty Brightwell in 27:07, Colin Macleod 27:22 and Katherine Neilly 28:45. After all three disciplines were completed the first individual man was Andrew Reeve in 2:39:24 and the first woman Ellie Buchan in 2:50:09. Colin Macleod and his team-mate Donald Smith were the winning team, on 2:32:12 and second team Stuart Baird and Ross Hall (2:40:56) also posted the fastest cycle time and fourth fastest swim time.
Organisers thanked the large number of event supporters who gave their time on the day and in the planning stages, including Surf Lewis, the Coastguard volunteer teams who manned the event, BASF Pharma Callanish for sponsorship and all the volunteers who helped with marshalling and providing support at the race base at Shawbost Old School.
A spokesperson for the organising team said: “Amazing endurance from all involved. Well done swimmers, duathletes and triathletes and thank you to everyone who gave up their time and money to make it happen!”
Picture below shows athletes preparing to enter the water ahead of the HebTri event. Picture by Colin Cameron photography