Tricia Bell, who represents Cleveland Triathlon Club, was celebrating this week after clinching a gold medal in Spain.
Tricia, once of Duns, and now living in Ingleby Barwick near Middlesbrough, was taking part in the European Triathlon Union’s Duathlon Championships.
She was joined by five other racers in the 60-64 ‘age groupers’ category.
The course, consisting of five kilometre swim, a 20 kilometre bike ride and concluding with a 21/2 kilometre run to the finish line, took the contestants through the outskirts of Madrid.
With such a small field, the competition could have become very tactical, but Patricia said this week that she knew she was on to win as soon as she got on her bike.
“The course took us through a place called Alcobendes.
“The conditions were terrible, with rain coming down all day.
“Everything was very wet and slippery, and there were a lot of roundabouts along the course as well.”
Tricia continued: “I knew that I was winning when it came it the bike riding, so I really was kind of leading from the start.
“With the rainy conditions, it was really just a case of staying on the bike.”
Tricia is now back in training, and has qualified for the European Championships in Geneva, to be held in July.
“That is for the triathlon, which is much more my thing,” she said.
“but the thing is that we have to pay for everything when we go away competing, so it’s not certain. It may get put off until next year.”