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IMAG­INE MY SUR­PRISE and de­light when, on my 64th birth­day, my son pre­sented me with an en­try to the Leeds Columbia ITU Sprint Triathlon in June 2016.

He’d re­cently taken up triathlon but the most I’d ever done was cheer him on at a few events. I had al­ways run, and still took part in 10k races, but I was very much a leisure-ori­ented swim­mer and cy­clist.

I de­cided that I would go for it. En­rolling for lessons at my lo­cal swim­ming pool, I learnt to do front crawl and joined my lo­cal triathlon club – York­shire Vik­ings. It was the best thing I ever did. Mem­bers were en­thu­si­as­tic and wel­com­ing and helped me over­come my fear of open wa­ter swim­ming.

On the day it­self, I was elated to fin­ish the race in 2:01 – rais­ing £1,100 for Epilepsy Ac­tion in the process.

In fact, I en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence so much that I signed up for the Brown­lee Su­per Sprint Tri in Septem­ber and fin­ished in 1:21.

I feel so lucky to be fit enough at my age to take up the sport. Ev­ery­one is so sup­port­ive that I am re­ally com­mit­ted to keep­ing go­ing.

I hope my story in­spires oth­ers and shows that it’s never too late to start on your triathlon jour­ney. Anne Lewis, Selby, North York­shire

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