60 years representing Great Britain and no slowing down


A 77-year-old duathlon athlete from the New Forest won a brilliant bronze at the Europe Triathlon Powerman Middle Distance Duathlon Championships. 

Mick Anglim placed third in the Alsdorf event for the 75-79 age group to add another medal to his collection, having won over 25 medals representing Great Britain in a career that has spanned over 60 years.

The competition that stands out above all the rest was a family affair - the 2022 World Triathlon Multisport Championships in Romania - where he got to race alongside son Brendan and granddaughter Erin. 

He said: "It was brilliant having three generations competing for GB together. Just to be there with my family was fantastic.

"They're both obviously faster than me!

"Erin's doing a medical degree so she doesn't have a lot of time for training but her running has always been very good.

"She rarely gets on a bike so I can often just about beat her there but certainly not running!"

The evergreen Anglim began his competitive racing career at 15, having been inspired to take up the sport after developing asthma at 11.

"Asthma sidelined me from sport at school so I used to do my homework during sports lessons but then I always had bikes from the age of four.

"I was three miles away from school so I started riding my bike and I enjoyed it so much I took up an invitation to ride at Allsbury Stadium where there was a junior track session.

"I really enjoyed that and won the West Midlands Junior Track League in my first year but then my PE teacher at my grammar school saw the article and my photograph in the paper and my exemption ended there!

"He got me into running and I won the senior school cross country my first attempt and I continued to run and cycle competitively since then."

And at 77, the duathlon veteran shows no signings of slowing down, with his latest exploits in the Europe Triathlon Middle Distance race in Germany culminating in third place and a bronze medal despite sustaining an injury the week before.

"I've won the European and world middle-distance title four times now but I knew going into this one it would be the most challenging and it's unfortunate because the week before I was racing in Dunstable Downs and the conditions were horrendous," he remembers.

"It would rain the whole weekend, the roads were like rivers.

"I survived until the last bike-climb and in three inches of water you couldn't see what was underneath so I hit a pothole, came down heavily on my left-side and my elbow went into another elbow and sliced into the bone.

"I was beaten up but managed to finish the race and had to go straight to A&E.

"I had the stitches out a few days ago but it was still bruised and that wasn't the best preparation for Alsdorf so I was really pleased to get the bronze medal there."

British Triathlon Core and Ultimate Home Nation members who are British citizens are eligible to qualify and race for the Great Britain Age-Group Team. Each year there are a series of qualification races and opportunities to represent the team in a variety of disciplines and distances that are only open to members.  

  Find out more about the Great Britain Age-Group Team here.

The evergreen Algrim's most recent triumph on home soil was just last month at the British Duathlon Championships, with his time of 2:26.40 enough to claim gold at the Cheshire event in Oulton Park, as the duathlon veteran surged ahead of the pack to win his third M75 title.

The race at Oulton Park is one of the earliest and most challenging British championships, with the hilly track and gusty winds especially taxing for runners so early in the season.

Placing second at the M75 was 13-time world and European champion Richard File, and Anglim was full of praise for his opponent.

"One of the things about age-group racing is that you know your peers, you grew up with them," he said.

"I've been competing with them since I was 50 and now at 75+, the numbers are a bit less. But to see people like Richard continue to race, it's brilliant to be able to continue that friendly competition."

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