Keen Scarborough swimmer David Marshall has praised a local club for helping him claim victory in his biggest personal challenge.
Marshall says Kingfisher Swimming Club played an invaluable part in his victory in the Yorkshire Triathlon at Pugneys Country Park near Wakefield.
He said: “I won the Yorkshire Triathlon Super Sprint event over all age groups and was also first in my age group category across all the events on the day.
“My event was 400m Open water swim completed in 8min 53 sec, 12 km bike ride 29 min 24 and 2.5km run 11.30, total time including transitions 51min.38, which was four minutes faster than the second-placed competitor.”
Marshall added: “When I hit 50 years old I set myself the challenge of doing a triathlon and set about the task of getting myself fit to complete the three events – running, cycling and swimming,” he said.
“Running and cycling was fairly straightforward but being able to train safely in open water was a different matter and that is where the support from Kingfishers has been invaluable.”
He has been able to train with them in the indoor pool and also, importantly, train in open water, at Wykeham Lake, under their supervision.
“Being able to train with them at the lake under their safety regime and with their support and encouragement has been tremendous,” he added.
Marshall also completed the Tadcaster Triathlon, which includes an indoor swim, and came in the top third of more than 300 entrants.
He also took part in a Jane Tomlinson Swim for All event, again at Pugneys Country Park, where he competed in a 500m open water swim and came second out of a field of around 50.
“I was really pleased with the way it went and only lost out to an 18-year-old club swimmer!” Marshall added.
Paula Ambury Open Water Coach for Kingfishers said “It is always a privilege to help someone achieve an ambition – and to support someone as dedicated as David just makes the task so much easier. We hope as a club he continues to challenge himself and look forward to helping him to complete some local sea swims to add to this accomplishments.”