Veteran back with bang after serious injury

Pete Orme in action

Pete Orme in action

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A VETERAN sportsman from Linby who thought his career had hit the buffers because of injury has stormed back in fine style by landing a prestigious title.

Pete Orme (55), of Wighay Road, made a name for himself in the little-known discipline of duathlon, which combines running and cycling.

He won a silver medal at the European Championships in his age group (50-to-54 year olds’) two years ago.

But last year, while competing in the World Duathlon Championships in Edinburgh, a problem with Orme’s knee flaired up, leaving him a virtual spectator in the race.

Specialists diagnosed a problem with his cartilage and warned he might have to give up competitive sport.

But after several months out and plenty of rest and rehabilitation, Orme has returned with victory in the 50-54-year-olds category in the Midland Series TRIATHLON event,

The competition challenges entrants across so-called sprint disciplines — a 400m swim, 20km bike-ride and a 5km run.

Three events were held at Southwell in Nottinghamshire, Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire and then another at a David Lloyd centre in Lincolnshire.

More than 400 competitors took part in various age-groups and Orme topped the podium by virtue of finishing second, first and second in the races in his category.

“Someone obviously smiled on me and gave me a second chance,” said Orme. “At one stage I thought that was it and I wouldn’t be able to race competitively again.

“I am enjoying it and feel very lucky. The Midland Series is a pretty important event. There is nothing of its equivalent so I suppose it is the unofficial Midlands championships.”

Orme will continue in triathlon in the coming months before the new duathlon season starts in the New Year.