PEEBLES triathlete Caroline Wallace claimed her third Scottish title at the weekend.

The 43-year-old member of the Borders Triathletes had to make up almost two minutes following the swim near Aviemore.

Steady progress through the mountain-biking saw Caroline take the lead in the final running stage.

She said: “I was really happy to win.

"I don’t do many events so I was not sure how I was going.

"I had to make my way through the field. I think I was around fourth coming out of the swim, then to second on the bike and then there was still one in front on the run so I had a bit for work to do.

"So to win in the end is really good.

“I just love these events, I am going to see if there are some left at the end of the season since I am doing well.”

Conditions at the Scottish National Cross Triathlon Championship were very warm with the water temperature at 15 degrees and on land the heat fluctuated between 23 and 27 degrees throughout the race.

It was Caroline Arthur of Fleet Feet Triathletes who emerged first from the loch with around 90 seconds to spare.

St Andrew's University's Mari Cole was the next to emerge out of the water and third, almost another two minutes back, was Caroline.

It was Mari who pedalled her way into the lead during the mountain bike section, with Borderer Caroline moving through to second.

On the run through the forest the Peebles athlete showed her quality and experience overtaking Mari on her way to a 44:37 run time and her third Scottish National Cross Title in 2:13:12.

Mari finished second earning a silver medal with a time of 2:14:49 and early leader Caroline Arthur finished 3rd in 2:24:20.

There was further Borders success with Graeme Veitch from Kelso Wheelers winning the Male Super Veteran category.