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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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