Natasha First Female Home in Duathlon

Natasha Harris-White won the women’s duathlon at Ashridge coming first and beating Emily Varley by 53 seconds.

The race started with a 10km run, followed by 39km cycle and finishing with a 5km run.

On a very wet day, Natasha sprinted out of the start to get out of the crowds of people.  She said, “The run was on sand/mud which was all very wet from the downpour so straight away I was soaked from the puddles. I finished the run first woman but going onto the bike my legs were exhausted and cramping from the cold/wet. The 39km bike was very hard; it was on open roads, there were two tight turns, speed bumps and many potholes hidden underneath big puddles. I got overtaken on the bike by another woman on a time trial bike (I was riding a road bike) so I then tried to stay as close as I could to her without being so close that I would be in danger of being disqualified from drafting!”

On going into the second transition, putting her bike away in the rack Natasha could see the woman ahead just leaving the transition area and starting to run.  Natasha explained, “I quickly changed into my trainers and ran after her, overtaking her on the second lap of 4 and was very happy to finish the race as first woman. Unfortunately I didn’t enter to qualify for my European age-group as I thought my bike leg would hold me back (as I don’t have a time trial bike).”

Natasha’s next event is a half Ironman (70.3) in Aix-en Provence in May. Natasha commented, “My aim is to become a professional triathlete within the next two years.”

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