A TRIO of athletes from Ellesmere Port will be flying the flag for Great Britain when they compete in the ITU World Age Group Triathlon Championships in Lausanne next week.
Husband and wife duo Chris and Jan Morgan (55-59 age category) will be joined by City of Chester Triathlon Club team-mate Dave Humphreys (60-64 age category) as they bid for glory in a gruelling event that attracts up to 3,000 triathletes from all over the world.
Team coach Chris, a sport therapist from Whitby, is excited about the prospect of taking on the world's best.
He said: 'We are obviously very pleased to have qualified. Jan represented Britain last year in Hawaii so we thought that it would be nice if we both tried to qualify this year.
'She managed to do it in the first race but mine was more competitive and I just about managed it in the last one.
'We are pleased to be competing together and we are really looking forward to it.'
The race will consist of a 1,500m swim in Lake Geneva, a 25-mile bike ride on a multi-lap course through the outskirts of Lausanne and a four-lap 10k run along the lake shore.
The trio set off for Switzerland earlier in the week after coming through the three Olympic distance triathlon qualifying rounds held at the Ellesmere Triathlon in June, the Dambuster Triathlon in late June in Leicestershire and the Wakefield Triathlon in Yorkshire in early July.
'Competition was fierce this year,' said Chris.
'Each age group in all three races was packed with triathletes vying for the much sought after GB places.'
Jan, a school secretary, was the first to qualify at the Ellesmere race in the women's 55-59 category with both Chris and fellow Ellesmere Port resident Dave qualifying in the final event at Wakefield.