ONLY a fortnight after winning the Dearne Valley Quadrathlon, Evesham multi-sport athlete Helen Russell returned to the top of the podium as she won the British Quadrathlon Championship title for the third year running.
The national championship race took place in Box End, Bedford, and was a cross-sprint format of 750m lake swim, 4.8km kayak, 15km off-road bike and 5km cross-country run.
Russell, supported by Rivers Fitness, exited the swim leg in first place and continued to build her lead throughout the race, finishing in 1.58.19.
Second place went to Jacqueline Davies from Frome, Somerset, who finished in 2.05.37 and the final podium spot went to Rachel Temple-Fry from Banbury & District Canoe Club in 2.09.52.
The championship race win also means Russell has extended her lead in the British Trophy Race Series, which rewards consistency over the season.
The next race in the series is on September 1 in Shrewsbury where a decent result could secure the series title for Russell.
The Vale ace said: “Being British champion for three years in a row is really special and I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me and helped me to defend my title again.
“There is quite a big gap now between races, which gives me plenty of time to recover and get in a good training block before the next British Series event.”