Richard takes on best in the world at gruelling championships

Sarah and Richard Mason at their business premises in Nether Kellet.

Sarah and Richard Mason at their business premises in Nether Kellet.

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A Nether Kellet man’s success in the gruelling World Duathlon Championships has seen him ranked as 30th in the world within his age group.

Richard Mason represented Great Britain, joining the world’s elite multisport athletes in Pontevedra, northern Spain, for the 2014 championships.

The tough race took place on Sunday, June 1, and comprised a 10km run, followed by a 40km bike race then another 5km run.

His finishing time was an impressive two hours 14 minutes to take 30th in the 45-49-year-old male age group.

Richard, who runs Richard Mason Fitness in the village, said: “It was a fast and painful race.

“The run course was through the historical Pontevedra town centre with a brutal hill halfway round. Competitors had to run six laps in a heat of 28 degrees.

“The support, however, was amazing, and I was incredibly proud to be representing my country.

“It was also fantastic to meet competitors from other countries. We had breakfast with a inspirational New Zealand man who competed in the 80 plus year male group.

“Following the race he and his wife were going trekking the Pyrenees, before heading back home to New Zealand – tremendous!”

The former Carnforth High School pupil represented Lancashire at cross country and rugby during his formative years before spending four years in the Royal Marines.

He trained in Artic warfare with his commando unit, qualified as a military ski instructor, and represented the marines in rugby, cross country skiing and athletics.

In 2009 he founded the City of Lancaster Triathlon Club (COLT), is a British Triathlon Level 3 triathlon coach and has worked with the North West Academy helping to coach young talent to become potential international athletes.

Richard’s previous triathlon events include the Ironman World Championships 2011 and 2012 in Kona, Hawaii.