Helen Russell

World Champion Duathlete and Triathlete


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Helen comes from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire and can often be found either running on the Lickey Hills or cycling around the roads of Worcestershire.

Helen aged 41, is now based in Evesham and trains six days a week to maintain a top international performance as well as working.

Helen trains with Bromsgrove and Redditch Athletics Club as well as Birmingham Running and Triathlon Club (BRATS). At the weekend she can be found exploring the picturesque countryside of the Cotswolds with the Evesham Wheelers Cycling Club.

As a child Helen was a member of the Bromsgrove and Redditch Athletic Club but gave up running during her A-levels. She didnít return to the sport until in her mid-twenties when she realised that a sedentary lifestyle was not good for her health. Helenís first triathlon was in 2006 and as a late comer to triathlon she has shown that it is never too late to regain fitness and that if you work hard enough you can achieve unimagined success.

Perhaps it is this dedication which led 1,352 people to vote for her in the 2010 Bromsgrove Advertiser Sports Personality of the Year award.

Helen is also committed increasing participation in sport, is keen to help other athletes achieve success and wants to give back to the local community who have supported her in the past. During the Olympics she spoke at local schools about triathlon, presented the sports awards at her old school, Catshill Middle School and opened the Catshill Community Games. Helen was also the keynote speaker at the 2011 Bromsgrove District Council Sports Awards ceremony where she gave a motivational talk and presented on the sporting successes in the district over the last year.

Helen also uses her national profile to promote equalities and fight discrimination in sport. She has supported and competed at the national Pride Games for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans sports people and also helped organise an event at Pride House during the Olympics. She also promotes sports equality via writing for Sportsister - the womenís sport magazine and the Metro Newspaper website. So popular are her Metro blogs that during London 2012 she won a prize for the most number of hits.

Helen put her triathlon ambitions on hold last summer to take part in a challenge that was more important for her than winning medals. Ex England footballer and cancer survivor Geoff Thomas asked Helen to be one of only two women to participate in Le Tour-One Day Ahead. The challenge saw eleven riders cycle the whole route of the 2015 Tour de France one day before the pros to raise over £1m for Cure Leukaemia to help fund clinical trials and research nurses at the QE Hospital, Birmingham. Donations can still be made via Just Giving.




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