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Triathlete races for new future
An amateur athlete has been inspired to gear up for world class events after being picked by Olympic gold triathlete Alistair Brownlee.
James McCormack, 27, from Leeming Bar, near Bedale, won the opportunity to race against Jonathan Brownlee at the brothers' first Yorkshire triathlon held at Fountain’s Abbey.
He was picked as part of Team Al in a twitter competition with just one days notice after Alistair Brownlee was injured in the World Championships.
James was matched against Jonathan in the swimming leg across Studley Royal lake.
“It was just amazing, needless to say I didn’t win, although he did only get it by a pretty slim margin, but it has really spurred me on.
"I’m part of the Richmond Tri Kudu Triathlon Club and this is my first season. My goal now is to qualify for Team GB for my age group and hopefully take part in the world championships, it will be a lot of hard work but I can’t wait.
“I’ve realized this is really what I want to do in the future. Since the triathlon I have had so much reaction,
"I’m working with a coach from Richmond and have been offered sponsorship so it’s going to be a real winter of blood, sweat and tears training hard."
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