Joyce is just champion at Euro triathlon

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Local athlete Joyce Mark has defended her European Age Group Championship for Sprint Triathlon.

Mark, who comes from Eyemouth and is a member of the Tweed Triathlon Club, won her title in the 55-59 years category at the event which was held at Alanya in Turkey at the weekend.

Mark, who won the World Age Championships in Canada in 1999,and was European Sprint Age Group Champion in Israel in 2012, set the fastest time in each of the three disciplines (swimming, cycling and running).

In stifling 25-30 degree temperatures, she completed the 750m swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run in a time of 1 hour 9 minutes 14 seconds.

Fellow Tweed Club member, Adam Fletcher competed in the male 45-49 age group and he completed the course in a time of 2 hours 9 minutes 25 seconds, finishing 12th.

A little closer to home Steve Flook competed in the Flookburgh, Cross Bay half marathon challenge. This was a run across Morecambe Bay on soft, wet sand and included crossing channels of waist high salt water. Flook completed the course in 1 hour 45 minutes 44 seconds.

Dominic Blythe competed in his first triathlon at Fareham in Hampshire, the event consisted of a 400m swim, a 19.2km bike ride and a 5.5km run. As a novice he completed the course in an excellent time of 1 hour 25 minutes 55 seconds finishing 113th out of field of 217 competitors.

Another club member, David Lauckner, had a busy weekend over the 8th and 9th of June,.On the Saturday he competed in the Utterly Buttermere 5km swim, this is a swim around lake Buttermere in the Lake District, and he completed the course in 1 hour 37 minutes 10 seconds finishing 67th out of a total of 130 and 3rd in his age category.

Not content with that on the Sunday, David then did the Karrimor Great Trail Challenge, an 11km fell run taking in Latrigg Fell in the Lake District finishing in 1 hour 2 minutes 54 seconds, which gave him a position of 83rd overall and 2nd in his age category.

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