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Milngavie optometrist has her eye on the prize in Mexico triathlon

Hot on the heels of the GB Olympic and Paralympic success, SN caught up with optometrist Maggie Darroch as she set off on a trip of a lifetime to the World Triathlon Championships.

Maggie 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 at Stobhill Hospital and at 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, was really supportive as I could barely swim when I started. The club is really friendly and has given me such a lot of support,” added Maggie.

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.”

Pictured above: Maggie thanks her sponsors IT networking company SWANS