Bumper entry for Bute Triathlon this weekend

Athletes from all over the UK will converge on Bute this Sunday, May 13, for the island’s annual triathlon.

Run by the island’s cycling club, the Bute Wheelers, the event is making a welcome return to the local sporting calendar after a one-year absence in 2012 caused by the refurbishment of the triathlon’s HQ at Rothesay Leisure Pool.

A total of 77 competitors from clubs as far afield as Wick in Caithness and Poole in Dorset have signed up to take part in the full-length Sprint event, which features a 750-metre swim, a 20km road cycle and a 5km run.

Among the Sprint field are several local competitors, including Victoria O’Reilly, who has competed in triathlons and long-distance runs all over Scotland, and Shaun Lyon, who completed last month’s London Marathon in two hours, 43 minutes and 44 seconds, placing him 285th of the 36,000 runners.

A further 40 people have entered the shorter Novice event, featuring a 400-metre swim, 13km road cycle and 3km run.

The Sprint event gets under way at Rothesay Leisure Pool at 12 noon on Sunday, with registration from 10.45am, and the Novice event starts at 1.30pm (registration from 11.30am).