A squad from WaldenTRI and WaldenJNR flew out to Ibiza but the party only came after the 2023 Age Group World Duathlon Championships.

In total 10 of the group competed, representing Great Britain, while they were joined by  30 family members and friends.

Saffron Walden Reporter: Craig Dyce and Arthur Ballard of WaldenTRI. Picture: WALDENTRICraig Dyce and Arthur Ballard of WaldenTRI. Picture: WALDENTRI (Image: WaldenTRI)

The week of racing started with the sprint race, consisting of 5k and 2.5k runs either side of a 20k bike ride.

WaldenJNR pair Arthur Ballard and Seraphina Harris were the youngest members of the GB team and got proceedings off to a great start with Ballard winning gold in the16-19 age category.

A crash put pay to Harris' hopes when she was in a good position but fortunately she came out of it with just some minor road rash.

Ed Delville-Jones finished 8th in the same category as Ballard.

Cheryl Keen and George Dunlop both raced really well to finish 11th and 5th respectively in their stacked age categories. Simon Page and Steve Bunce were 31st and 30th in their races.

Craig Dyce bookended the gold winning performances for the club by winning the 55-59 category, the one he won in 2022 at Romania.

The standard race doubled the distance of each leg of the sprint one.

In hot conditions Lem Lawrence and Craig Useful finished 26th and 31st respectively in their races while Dyce doubled up after the sprint race the previous day and managed to claim a silver medal behind a very strong German.

A spokesman for the club said: "The outstanding support crew kept everyone well motivated during the races and ensured Saffron Walden punched well above their weight on the racing and social front."