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Greg Turner
Greg Turner

A TRIATHLETE from Newton Mearns became British under 23 champion this weekend.

Greg Turner competed in the race — which consisted of a 1,500 metre open water swim, a 42K cycle and a 10K run - on Sunday in Windsor.

Taking part in the race were the top 30 under 23 athletes in the country.

The leading pack were in touching distance right through the swim and bike and only 10 seconds seperated the top 20 as they began the run.

Greg was lying in fifth place with 5K to go before leapfrogging the leading pack and setting the pace with 3K left to go.

He then pushed on and finished 1st, just under a minute clear from 2nd.

Greg told The Extra: “I’m absolutely delighted with how the race went. The competition is really hot and there were some great athletes in the field. My coach and I worked on my race plan and I was lucky enough that it worked perfectly”.

The 20-year-old former Mearns Castle pupil is a member of the Scottish National Triathlon Squad and is on a sports scholarship at Stirling Uni.

There, the young hopeful trains daily with national coach Chris Volley.

In a regular week, Greg trains 30 hours per week, with six swim sessions, six bike sesssions, five run sessions and two strength and conditioning sessions every week.

He is on a performance programme for Glasgow 2014, Rio Olympics 2016 and beyond and is sponsored by local business The Lubricant Company.

Managing Director Andrew Samuel added: “We were delighted to be given the oppurtunity to sponsor a local athlete with great potential and Greg is a real credit to his sport”.

Greg’s next race is the Canary Wharf Triathlon on June 28 which will be screened by Channel Four.