Ambassador Helen Russell becomes British Quadrathlon Champion

Scimitar Ambassador Helen Russell has become the British Quadrathlon Champion again, after last winning the title in 2019. 

Competing in the national championship race in Shrewsbury, Helen swam 500 metres, kayaked 4.2km on the River Severn before cycling 23km out to Baschurch and back, before finally running 5km in the West Midlands Showground.

Helen, racing for Fladbury Paddle Club, exited the swim leg in second place just eight seconds behind Liz Dawson from Macclesfield and District Canoe Club. However, a swift transition meant that she entered the kayak leg in first place.

She then went on to build on her lead throughout the race, posting the fastest times in the kayak, bike and run legs, and crossed the finish line as the first overall female, in a time of 1.40.17.

The race for second place was very close with Nicola Hamerton from Macclesfield and District Canoe Club finishing in 1.49.32, just ahead of Adele Blakeborough from Chester Canoe Club, who finished in 1.49.48.

The win means that Helen has been British Quadrathlon Champion four times.

She said: “I’m delighted to take the British title again and am really surprised to have won by such a margin.

“I took a break from Quadrathlon racing due to the impact of the pandemic, which hit my family hard and wasn’t sure whether I would actually return to the sport.

“I decided to race as it wasn’t too far from where I live. Being British Champion again is therefore really special and I’d like to thank everyone that has supported me and helped me return to the top of the podium.”

Helen is no stranger to multisport events, having won a number of international titles in Triathlon, Duathlon and Quadrathlon in the past, and after only taking up Stand Up Paddleboarding in 2020, earlier this year won a SUP Triathlon on the SUPBIKERUN GB SUP Series.

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