Maurice is the top man

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Duathlete Maurice Young is celebrating winning a second world title, in a sport he took up after being advised to cut down his running.

Young, a retired solicitor, won the world over-80 duathlon title in Pontevedra, Spain, a year after taking the title in the 75-79 age group.

The 2014 title was clinched with a run of 5km, followed by cycling 20km, and ending with a 2.5km run. He completed the event in one hour 46 minutes 35 seconds.

He took up running at the age of 50 and joined Halstead Road Runners three years later, but five years ago, at the age of 75, he was advised to cut down the distance he ran and switched to duathlon instead.

“It was a bit of a lark really,” he said. “The second race I entered was a GB qualifier.

“I was selected, which was a bit of a shock, and finished well down the field, so I got myself a decent bike.”

He also joined a cycling group in Braintree, Sunday runs forming part of his training.

He currently cycles around 100km a week on average, as well as running a total of 15km each week, training every other day to keep in shape.

“It’s fun, and cycling’s good for you,” he said.

He is now in training for the next challenge, a duathlon at Oulton Park in Cheshire later this year.

“It will be like Stirling Moss,” he said. “Going round and round the racing circuit.”