DUATHLETE Jacqui Saxon is proof that age is no barrier when it comes to representing your country on the international stage.
The 54-year-old (pictured), originally from Kimberworth, will be gunning for glory as she runs and cycles for Great Britain in Madrid this April.
The race will involve a 5K run, a 20K bike ride and end with another 5K run, which is a tough task for any seasoned pro in the beating Mediterranean sun.
Jacqui qualified for the prestigious event last October at the Oulton Park Duathlon in Cheshire, coming third in her age group which meant she automatically qualified for the Spanish showpiece.
And her training schedule is as rigorous as they come, swimming in the mornings and cycling or running in the evenings, Jacqui takes her preparation very seriously.
She is also a qualified triathlon coach and teaches children and adults in her spare time in swimming and running.
But now Jacqui is on the hunt for sponsorship in order to help her afford a women specific bike for the main event in Madrid.
Jacqui said: “I am looking for sponsorship as you have to self fund everything to represent Great Britain.
“My main problem is that my bike is a man’s bike, even pulling the brakes is quite difficult because my hands are so small, so a women specific bike would mean everything would be a little bit smaller.
“We are also allowed to have sponsors’ names and logos on our Great Britain kit so I would be delighted to have some local companies represented too.
“This is my third season doing duathlon and my first was in Hull during horrible weather conditions, but when I’d done that one I just wanted to do more and more.
“I’ve had two lots of surgery on my shoulders to correct an impingement which severely hampered my swimming and cycling and now I am back in full training ready for the European Championships on April 26.
“It started as I was getting fit five years ago, I lost five stones and wanted to keep it off and it has just grown from that really.”
Anyone wanting to help Jacqui in her quest for glory in Madrid or follow her journey to the race can do so by reading her updates on her blog at: www.jacquisaxon.wordpress.com
You can read more about the business side of Jacqui’s life in January’s issue of Chase, in outlets around town now!