Hot on the heels of the GB Olympic success, Milngavie optometrist Maggie Darroch is about to embark on the trip of a lifetime – to the World Triathlon Championships.
Maggie (53) qualified for the championships 50-54 age group when she won a qualifying race at Strathclyde Park earlier in the summer.
“I am terrified and excited at the same time. The heat is my biggest worry with these freckles and red hair, but I just need to go and give it welly!” said Maggie.
Maggie spends her days working as an optometrist for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, based at Stobhill Hospital and her practice in King’s Place. Her early mornings and evenings are spent training hard for competitions, after taking up the sport eight years ago.
“I was in my mid forties and felt I was getting a bit too old for running so I decided to take up triathlons and I find the mixture of events easier. My club, the Glasgow Triathlon Club, were really supportive as I could barely swim when I started. The club is really friendly and have given me such a lot of support,” added Maggie.
Now, as the competition nears, Maggie’s thoughts are turning to Mexico and the challenge ahead. Once in the heat of Cozumel, she will face a gruelling triathlon consisting of a 750m swim (about 30 lengths of an average pool), a 20k cycle and a 5k run.
“My husband Mark is coming with me, as my mechanic! His job is to make sure my bike works on the day. We will have a few days to relax too and enjoy Mexico, before and after the race, so it won’t all be hard work.”