Chorley athlete Katie Hewison is on a massive high after enjoying her biggest success to date when competing in Austria.
She was taking part in the European Duathlon Championships being staged in Weyer.
The elite women’s race consists of a 10k run, 40k bike ride and a further 5k run.
Katie said: “I have had a tough season with triathlon as my swim is always the weak point.
“However, the duathlon is perfect for my strengths and I felt very comfortable throughout the race.
“I settled in to the lead group on the first run going through 10k in 34mins.
“Then I pushed the bike pretty hard which was a tough hilly course, but perfect for me.
“I have been doing some recent hilly rides with Chorley Cycling Club on a Thursday evening which turned out to be great preparation for this bike course.
“I dropped all but one of my rivals – the current world duathlon champion Sandra Levenez from France.
“We then worked together for the remainder of the bike and put a gap of more than a minute into the rest of the field.
“I felt very strong on the final run and pulled away to take a comfortable win – and that felt fantastic!”
Katie added that duathlon is a great way to have a go at a multi-sport event.
And she is honoured to be part of the first Katie Hewison junior duathlon, which will be taking place in Astley Park, Chorley, on Sunday, September 20.