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Saturday, 30 May 2015

Bronze double in Holland

TWO female members of Hexham’s triathlon club returned from Holland with European Duathlon Championships bronze medals around their necks.

One Life Racing’s Rosemary Todhunter came third in the 55 to 60 age category, while teammate Steph Scott impressed too by claiming the last podium place in the 40 to 45 category.

The successful women were joined in the event at Horst by junior Alistair Maxwell-Gray who finished a respectable seventh in the highly competitive 16 to 20 age group.

All three representatives from One Life were making their Great Britain debuts and they left Holland full of pride after eye-catching performances among the crowds of more than 350 athletes from across 26 countries.

Todhunter fully justified her selection as One Life’s triathlete of the year for 2013 as she made light work of the course made up of a 5km run, 20km cycle and a further 2.5km run.

In her category, she ran well to be in touch with the German leader but she dropped back to third as the flat bike course did not play to her strengths and she dropped back from the leader into third place.

With a strong second run, she managed to hold off the challenge of a second German competitor to secure a fantastic bronze medal.

Similarly to her teammate, Scott started the event in fantastic fashion and was the fastest runner in her age group, only to drop back in the cycling leg.

Again, she clocked up the fastest time in the second running leg to overtake one competitor and claim a bronze medal of her own.