Tri-athlete Jack Hindle has arrived for a Costa Blanca break after becoming Britain’s under 20s National Triathlon Champion this week, writes ANDREW ATKINSON.

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“I am really happy to be the National U20 standard distance champion,” Jack said, ahead of boarding a flight to Alicante-Elche airport. Lancashire star Jack is visiting his granddad John Hindle, who lives in Los Montesinos, for a summer break, before returning to the UK on July 4th.

Jack, a member of the Blackburn Harriers, competed in the Deva Triathlon at Chester.  In the standard distance 1500m swim, Jack returned at time of 19:09; in the 40km Bike race clocked 1:02:30, and in the 10km run returned at time of 36:57, finishing in a total time of 2:02:30. He took first place in the age group 17-18 – and first in the U20s National Triathlon Championships.

And Jack, who finished 20th overall – out of 1100 competitors said: “Thanks to all the lads that I train with – and the help and support they give. Also a special mention to Brian Fogarty, Paul Guinan and George S Davies for the huge guidance – plus my mum and dad for everything!”

 And Jack’s granddad, John Hindle, who resides on the La Herrada urbanisation in Los Montesinos, said:

“I am ‘chuffed to punch!  All his hard work is paying off now.”