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A British athlete scored her best finish at the European Duathlon Championships with 6th in her age group after a great race in Andalusia, Spain earlier this month.

Lisa Gawthorne has competed at European and World level for several years now, and the recent run-bike-run event saw her stepping up a gear to beat her previous performances in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

‘Amazingly well’

“The race went amazingly well for me,” Gawthorne told Great Vegan Athletes.

“I had a strong first run and although I wasn’t riding in a pack on the bike leg which means you use more energy, I felt energized enough to power through solo style and go into the final run overtaking a fair few competitors.

“I even managed a sprint finish that took me to my best ever placing in sprint duathlon – sixth in Europe in my age group.”

Vegan

Gawthorne has been vegan since age 21, and is managing director of vegan confectionery company Bravura Foods. She revealed how she fueled-up in Spain before the race.

“In Punta Umbria as it’s out of season there wasn’t a lot of choice with where to eat out,” she said, “but we had good choices in our hotel, with tofu, vegetables, rices, grains, pasta and salad a plenty.

“I also brought some almond milk over with me and some vegan protein bars.”

Worldclass athlete

The great result proves Gawthorne is a world class athlete – a feat she hopes to repeat again at the World Championships in Holland towards the end of the year.

“In between now and then, I will be doing a fair few 5K and 10K races to keep me sharp and looking forward to getting off the wattbike and out on the roads in the summer on the road bike,” she said.

She’s also an accomplished vegan runner who has represented Great Britain.