CAROLE James overcame a deficit of more than two minutes out of the lake to win her first age group title by 41 seconds.

She was one of seven St Helens Tri members contesting the Manley Mere Triathlon.

Robert Chesters came back from a crash on the bike course to take eighth overall with the second quickest run of the day, while Mark Derbyshire placed in the top 20 and Debra Rayment took fifth in her category.

Diane Taktak's busy season of running for St Helens Tri continued when she completed the Quarry Bank Trail Race in under 52 minutes.

Violet Costello produced a brilliant swim to finish third in her group at the Dee Half Mile swim, with club chiefs hailing her display a fantastic achievement and a credit to the club’s junior section.