21 April 2000
Plucky player adds a new string to her bow
Compared to the fiddle, to run, pedal and paddle is really a doddle.
a few years ago, she was a self-confessed couch potato. But Manchester
musician Julia Hoyle now represents Britain in the most gruelling
violinist with the Manchester-based BBC Philharmonic Orchestra only
took up the triathlon two and a half years ago but is already hitting
the high notes.
She's now heading off to Perth in Australia to compete for Great Britain
in the triathlon world championships where she aims to beat her personal
best of two hours 30 minutes.
reached the pinnacle of her sport, from literally a sitting start
in just 30 months is remarkable, especially considering that the life
of a professional musician is not the most athletic.
Julia Hoyle admits
her idea of strenuous exercise was walking from the car park to the
Philharmonic's rehearsal rooms in Manchester's Oxford Road.
cycling is Julia's best event
"Really, I would just come home and put my feet up under the
telly with a couple of cans of lager and that was it,"
the 35-year-old was given some doctor's advice. He suggested some
gentle exercise, she caught the exercise bug, now she's an international
I suppose it is
quite strange how things have turned out I'm quite surprised at myself.
I just took it up as a way of keeping fit just because I enjoyed it.
When I qualified for the world championships, I was absolutely shocked
On the road to success
has been intense. But her training ground has to be among the prettiest
in the country - the Pennine hills around Holmfirth.
Julia says she loves the cycling, the running is OK, it's the swimming
that she finds hardest. But compared to her day job as a violinist,
she says the triathlon, even for a former couch potato, is a breeze.
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