A top ten finish for Marie at world event

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A Morpeth woman is aiming for medal success in 12 months’ time after a decent performance in this year’s ITU World Duathlon Championships.

At the event in Pontevedra, Spain, Marie Louise Drozdowicz did the standard race, which involved a 10km run, followed by a 40km cycle and then a 5km run to finish. The 54-year-old came 10th in her age category.

She said: “My race started at 12.30pm and temperatures were around 30 degrees Centigrade, however, I actually coped with the heat ok and after the bike ride, which is my strongest discipline, I was third or fourth.

“I was still on for a finish well inside the top 10 during the run, but suffered from cramp in the last half a mile and was passed by a few people in my category. It was a disappointing way to end the race, but overall I’m pleased with how I did.

“There was a fantastic atmosphere and there were many spectators at the event. I loved the whole experience.

“Next year, I move into a different age category and the championships are in Adelaide, Australia. If I’m fit and healthy, I will be looking to win a medal.”

The personal trainer had achieved success as a runner, including being picked to represent England, but was hampered by injuries.

She decided to add swimming and cycling to her training to build up her strength and her desire to compete meant she started taking part in duathlon and triathlon competitions.

Marie said: “I feel a lot fitter and stronger now and hopefully I can keep on improving my times, particularly in the running leg of both events.

“I’m also aiming to qualify for international triathlon competitions in the next few years.”

On Sunday, she was sixth lady overall and first in her age category in the Northumberland Triathlon at Druridge Bay.