Paterson Kicks Off 2016 In Winning Style

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
Edinburgh, Scotland


  1. Lesley Paterson 01:07:29
  2. Deborah Dickinson 01:18:04
  3. Morag Green 01:19:53


  1. Craig Dale 01:01:15
  2. Paul Davis 01:05:39
  3. Marcus Taylor 01:07:34

Full Results Available HERE

Photos and event info can be found HERE




Jimmy Archer

Founder and Editor at DirtTRI.com. Jimmy has been a professional athlete for over 18 years as a runner, cyclist, mountain biker, cross country skier, and primarily, triathlete. Jimmy has a degree in exercise science from the University of Colorado and is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach. Jimmy became a freelance writer in 2000 while competing and covering the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship. Since that time Jimmy has been head editor at two magazines, been published in numerous publications within the endurance sport, recreation, and travel segments. Currently Jimmy is competing professionally in off-road multisport. In his spare time Jimmy passionately follows Formula 1, Moto GP, and is an avid cook.

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