Aspiring athletes, young or old can take insperation from what Alex and Val have achieved in the world of sport. It shows that even without access to world class facilities. Hard work and determination can take you a long way.
Val has been a triathlete for 15 years with 20 Scottish medals in triathlon and duathlon including 7 Scottish Titles. She has also competed in and won many local running events and took part in the National Time Trials Championships.
I started cycling six years ago joining Cycological’s weekly hybrid group. I quickly got the bug, purchasing my first road bike three years later. About the same time I started running, winning a number of local events. Then with a lot of support from the Amigos group, I decided to enter my first triathlon, The Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Blenheim Palace Triathlon, which I completed successfully. I enjoyed it so much, next year, I‘ve entered a duathlon and a double triathlon.
I met the Amigos in July 2015 via their Amigos del Ciclismo website. It was perfect to where we were staying in Quesada and I was immediately struck by their welcome on a very well organised club run. David Garside loaned me a great wee Dawes bike which was a pleasure to ride. The Amigo's invited my wife Anne Marie and I to their evening dinner and we had a great night's crack which included telling tall tales and some good old fashion Irish banter, especially from that Dublin fella! We look forward to meeting up in 2016.
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I was on the Ballydrain team that won the 1982 NI marathon championship, finished 98th in 1983 Dublin Marathon out of over 10,000 finishers in 2hrs 36mins, have a half marathon time of 1hr 14m and that was after my motor bike career in which I won Irelands premier moto-cross race and represented Ireland in International team events. Never won anything on a bicycle
Milestone Birthday Miles
I knew it was coming the Birthday with a zero in it.....
The first time it happened it was an All Ireland cycle ride ....Malin to Mizen Head
The next time it was an All England cycle .... Lands End to John O Groats
This time it was Door to Door ... that's our house in Northern Ireland to our house in Spain.