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Helen has to settle for silver

Helen Russell wins silver in National Aquathlon Championship

Last Updated: Aug 13, 2013 09:01pm
Norton, Bromsgrove
By Helen Russell
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Bromsgrove triathlete Helen Russell had to settle for silver in the England Aquathlon Championships last weekend at the West Midlands Water Ski Centre nearTamworth.

 England’s top age group triathletes tackled the 750m lake swim and 5k off-road run, hoping to take the coveted title of National Aquathlon Champion.

Russell, who was the 2012 and 2010 British Aquathlon Champion in the 35-39 age category was hoping to take the win ahead of the World Aquathlon Championships in September.

She had a decent swim exiting the lake in 11.54 but this put her 1mins13secs behind race leader and former World Triathlon Champion, Caroline Jones from Monmouth Triathlon Club. Second out of the water was local athlete Yvonne Caswell from Stratford-upon-Avon Triathlon Club but Russell overtook her on the run into transition and entered the run in second place. Hot in pursuit however was Stephanie Maclean Dann from North Shields Polytechnic team. There followed a head-to-head battle between Russell and Maclean Dann with both athletes changing places a number of times. However Russell was determined not to loose a place and at the 2.5k mark increased her pace and shook off Maclean Dann. She was however unable to close the gap with Jones who finished the 5k in 19.01 to take the gold in a time of 30.58. Russell had the fastest run time in her age category finishing the 5k in 18.47 to take the silver in 32.14, whilst Maclean Dann held on for the bronze in a time of 32.44.

Russell will race Jones again at the World Aquathlon in September and said “I was disappointed not to win but am pleased that my times were faster than last year’s race on the same course. It will be difficult to beat Caroline at the World Aquathlon but I will be working hard to improve my swim time so that I am in contention come the run leg.”

Fellow Bromsgrove resident Karen Riley just missed out on a podium place finishing in 5th in the 40-44 age category in a time of 37.27.

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