JAMES Mangeolles and Tom Van Rossum, who both train in Bradford and are members of Yorkshire Masters, have qualified for World Championship events.

Leeds Bradford Triathlon Club member James, 34, whose family are from Bradford, is through to the 10km Oceanman Open-Water Swimming World Championships in November in Dubai.

Tom, 32, from Rodley, has battled his way into the World Ironman Championships next month in Kona, Hawaii, having missed out on the event by a mere seven seconds three years ago.

James, who was stung in the face by a jellyfish, was placed seventh in his age-group qualifier at Oceanman Tabarca.

Meanwhile, Tom, a member of Jackpot Racing, was third in his age group at the Ironman Nice qualifier.

James, whose 63-year-old father Gerry was born in Bradford, has also won two championships this year – the Uswim Salford Quays 10km Open-water Championships and his age group in the 5¼-mile Chill Swim Coniston End to End.

Tom won the Cleveland Steelman Half Ironman Championship last year and the Hornblower Duathlon this year.

James, most of whose family still live in Bradford, and Tom also train at Ilkley Lido, the nearby Cow and Calf and the surrounding moors, including various Bradford Millennium Way routes and recently at Caroline’s Lake, St Aiden’s RSPB Reserve.

James was a county swimmer and national cross-country runner in his youth before developing into an open-water swimmer.

Tom was an endurance mountain marathon runner in his youth before switching to triathlon, where cycling has rapidly become his favoured discipline.

James has a gofund me page at uk.gofundme.com/oceanman-world-champs-fundraiser.

Meanwhile, Tom can be contacted via his blog at vrtri.wordpress.com/