Three time cross triathlon World Champion, Lesley Paterson kicked off her 2016 bid in winning fashion, and on New Year’s Day to boot, at the New Year’s Day Triathlon in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Paterson won the women’s division of the event and was strong enough to place third overall as well.
Paterson has had a rough past couple of years with a 2014 plagued with illness due to Lyme disease and a 2015 that saw her still hampered by the disease while attempting to split her time between cross triathlon and mountain biking in a bid to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.
If this race is any indication we can expect to see the feisty Scot back on top form in 2016. Paterson welcomed the New Year on her facebook page saying, “Well here’s to a great 2016 folks! 2015 was a mixed bag for me with injuries, illnesses, and plenty of “out of comfort zone” experiences. Ahem. Regardless, I start 2016 happy, content, and…wait for it… fucking healthy!!”.
We are glad to see Paterson feeling good and we’re sure the cross tri world is eager to see a proper showdown between Paterson and defending XTERRA World Champion, Flora Duffy with both women on top form. That will truly be a race for the ages.
New Year’s Day Triathlon
- Lesley Paterson 01:07:29
- Deborah Dickinson 01:18:04
- Morag Green 01:19:53
- Craig Dale 01:01:15
- Paul Davis 01:05:39
- Marcus Taylor 01:07:34
Full Results Available HERE
Photos and event info can be found HERE