Isle mum Jacqui Saxon is living proof that it is never too late to get into shape.
Just four short years ago the 55-year-old could not swim or ride a bike - but now she has mastered the art of cycling, swimming and running to become rated as one of Britain’s top duathletes for her age category.
The Ealand woman was inspired to get active while watching coverage of the 2012 London Olympics and set about learning to swim at The Pods in Scunthorpe and went on local cycle rids.
Years of training paid off and last year she was selected to represent Team GB at the Duathlon European Championships in Madrid. After a gruelling 5k run, 20k cycle ride and 2.5k run she finished seventh for Britain in her age category.
Jacqui, who runs her own events company, said: “It is never too late to get fit and healthy. It was an amazing experience in Madrid and something I will never forget for the rest of my life.”
In addition to competing against Europe’s best, she has also taken part in numerous other triathlons and duathlons, and has completed the Great North Run half marathon four times.
Prior to becoming inspired to learn to swim and to get on her bike, she had already started her journey to a fitter, healthier life by starting to go running to lose weight. In her online blog she kept readers updated on her progress as she went from wearing size 22 clothing to losing more than five stones and taking part in running races.
She is now a qualified coach through the British Triathlon Federation and is hoping to pass on her knowledge to help others.
Jacqui and her lawyer son Oliver, 29, also a keen runner, have formed Animis Racing Triathlon Club.
She said: “We want to give something back and the club is open to people of all ages and abilities interested in swimming, running and cycling.”
The club is hosting monthly duathlons at Crowle and Ealand Playing Fields, starting on June 26 with registration from 8am. They will incorporate swimming into the sessions once Crowle’s new leisure centre opens.
For more information visit www.animisracing.com