Murchie prepares for world championships

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Westhill’s Lewis Murchie represents Great Britain in the 20 to 24 age group race in the world triathlon championships in Auckland, New Zealand, on Monday.

The teenager is making his second appearance in British colours and he will be hoping to build on his previous outing at the European championships in Israel earlier this year where he picked up a bronze medal.

Murchie will tackle a 1.5km open water swim, 40km cycle and 10km run and he is one of the 464 athletes pulling on Great Britain colours in the various age-group races which have attracted a record total entry of 3,000 people from 45 countries.

All competitors have earned their places through a series of worldwide qualifying competitions over the course of the year.

Great Britain’s Olympic bronze medalist Jonathan Brownlie, who is coached by former Aboyne man Jack Maitland, is one of the leading entrants in the men’s elite race.