Old Bullet Jim helps Team MK to national triathlon title

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TEAM Milton Keynes were crowned champions at Sunday’s Triathlon England National Club Championships which took place at Emberton Country Park.

The team of six, who named themselves Team Old Bullet after their oldest team racer, took top place on the podium after collecting the best score from each individual member’s race result.

The winning team consisted of Phil Melling, Richard Ashton, Jordan Mackie, Tracey Haseldine, Corinne Price and the Old Bullet himself, Jim McKellar.

“It’s an absolutely fantastic achievement to receive and I’m glad I was able to support my team, especially since I only started doing triathlons two years ago and only started learning to swim at the same time,” said 76-year-old McKellar, who finished first in his age group category.

“I started with sprint triathlons, and did my first Olympic distance at the National Championships the other week and am now planning a half ironman next year.

“I feel it’s a great challenge for me as a 76-year-old to race in triathlons, and the support you get is absolutely fantastic. Triathlon is such an inspirational, approachable and friendly sport and I would advise everyone to get involved – you are never too old!”

The race consisted of a sprint distance format, which started at 8am with a 750m open water swim in the lake at Emberton Country Park, a 20km bike consisting of one lap around undulating country roads and then onto a 5km run course, two laps of the park.