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Helen takes European duathlon title

Posted on May 02 2012 at 3:43:16

Helen Russell

Marlbrook triathlete Helen Russell powered her way to victory in the European Sprint Duathlon Championships, not only winning the 35-39 age group title but finishing first female overall, taking the European title outright.

Europe’s best amateur duathletes assembled in Horst aan de Mass in the Limburg area of Holland to battle over the 5k run, 20k bike and 2.8k run.

Russell took the lead early in the run but was challenged throughout the race by Anke Lakies, from Germany who entered the first transition just one second behind Russell who covered the 5k in 19.29.

Lakies had a quick transition and led out onto the flat but highly technical bike course through the outskirts of Horst. Russell pushed hard and overtook Lakies after about 5k but was unfortunately not able to create a large lead, finishing the bike leg in 35.45 just one second in front.

This meant that the win would come down to the final 2.8k run around the town centre. Russell had an excellent second transition getting out onto the second run 12 seconds ahead. Determined to take the victory she gave everything and built up a larger lead, eventually crossing the finish line in 1.08.56, 29 seconds ahead of Lakies.

Third place overall went to Anna Jordens from Spain who finished in 1.10.35. The second placed athlete in Russell’s age category was Ann De Clerk from Belgium who finished way down the overall field.

This result means that Russell is both the current World and European Champion in the 35-39 age category and also the overall European Champion.

This was her final duathlon race of the season and she will now turn her attention to the triathlon season, which starts later this month.

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