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Helen Crowned British Quadrathlon Champion
Helen is celebrating after winning the British Quadrathlon Championships, in only her second ever quadrathlon. Britainís best quadrathletes assembled in Brigg, Lincolnshire to do battle over a 1500m river swim, 7km kayak, 36km bike and 10km run, to take the coveted national title.

Helen had an excellent start, covering the up and downstream swim leg in 22.21, putting her well ahead of second placed athlete Jacqueline Davies, who exited the water in 24.37. Helen only started kayaking a year ago but after a winter of solid training with Worcester Canoe Club she unexpectedly posted the second fastest kayak leg of the day, paddling the 7km course in 46.24. Meanwhile behind her Jacqueline capsized entering the river and was passed by the 2016 British Quadrathlon Series winner Jean Ashely, who had the fastest kayak spilt of the day of 44.45.

Helen had a clumsy transition onto the bike but with a reasonable lead rode tactically to conserve energy, cycling the 36km route in 1.04.28, which despite being a conservative ride for her, was still the fastest bike leg of the day. As the course was an out and back route Helen knew that she had built a sizeable gap between her and second placed Jean and so concentrated on holding onto her leading position. In very hot conditions and fatigued, Helen struggled to set a decent pace but despite this, increased her lead even more, posting the fastest run and crossed the finish line in first place in 3.02.13, a massive 11 mins 10 secs ahead of second placed Jean. Jacqueline made up the podium, finishing in a time of 3.19.52.

Helen is now aiming to add the British Trophy Series title to her British Championship title. The series rewards consistency across the season and competitors have to score in three races to challenge for the title.
County Cross Country Champions
Helen was part of the winning womenís team at the Worcestershire County Cross Country Championships on Newbold Comyn in Leamington Spa in January. Helen made a return to her first Worcestershire Championships since 2013 and was the third point scorer for Bromsgrove and Redditch Athletics Club, who retained the title they won last year.
Costa Blanca Christmas
Helen was lucky to be able to escape the cold and wet British weather for a block of warm weather training in the Costa Blanca over the Christmas period. Helen teamed up with Ciclo Costa Blanca and the Terralta Apartotel in Benidorm, which was the base for her triathlon training. Helen divided her training between cycling some climbs of the Vuelta a Espana, off-road and sea front runs in Benidorm, swimming in the local public pools, and due to the warm sea temperatures, she was also able to get in some open water swim practise. Helen has now returned to the UK where she will focus on getting fit for the start of the quadrathlon race season. Helen was insured by SportsCover Direct. You can read a blog about her stay here.
Charity Wattbike Class
Helen will be continuing to raise money for the The Air Ambulance Service in 2017. As part of her fundraising efforts she organised a second Wattbike class in Evesham, which raised £120. The classes have attracted cyclists from across Worcestershire and due to demand Helen will run more in 2017. Helen will also be cycling up Mont Ventoux three times in one day in June for the charity. Thanks to Eddie Fletcher from Fletcher Sports Science for the use of the Wattbike centre.
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