Superfit dad Mark Dowell will showcase his strength for Great Britain in an international duathlon competition next year.
The 43-year-old from Rawdon has qualified for team GB in the 2014 ETU Sprint Distance Duathlon European Championships in the 40-44 age group.
Mark, a dad-of-one, qualified for the contest by finishing just four minutes behind the overall winner in the sprint distance race at Oulton Park in Cheshire, and fourth in his age group.
The event involved a 2.7 mile run, then a 13.5 mile cycle race, then a 2.7 mile run. It was Mark’s first attempt at the short – sprint distance – event.
His usual standard distance involves a six mile run, 25 mile cycle and then a three mile run.
Mark works as a business unit manager at Rawdon’s Airedale International Air Conditioning - which was ravaged by massive fire at the beginning of September. But he said he has not let the blaze affect his training and despite long days helping get the business back to normal, he stuck to his tough regime of up to 11 hours a week of intensive exercise.
Mark said he is fascinated by the science behind the sport and studies each part of the race, along with aerodynamics, pace, gears and hydration.
He is now considering attempting a hat trick by registering for more duathlon trials including the Sprint Distance World Championships and the Standard Distance European Championship.
At the Cheshire qualifier, he was cheered on by his son, Sam, six, and wife Lucy.