Marathon runner Peggy Crome, 73, took up jogging to help kick her smoking habit.

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Discovering she adored being active, she decided to tackle a triathlon – one of the first people in the UK to do so. Since then, she has competed in tough triathlons all over the world – not to mention swimming in some pretty rough seas.

Peggy enjoys the camaraderie of the North Devon Triathlon Club and has represented Great Britain in the Age Group team. She has won many medals at both world and European level and, last August, completed the cycle ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End with her granddaughter Hannah, 13.

What inspires you? ‘A training schedule gives me something to get up for in the morning. Everyone needs something to get up for – mine used to be a cup of coffee and a cigarette. Now it’s coffee and a swim, cycle or run. I am also inspired when people new to triathlon ask me how to get involved, where to start and how to progress.’

Describe yourself in three words ‘Difficult to describe myself but others might say, “inspirational, dedicated (to triathlon) and love a challenge” (oops that’s eight).’