Claire Steels continued her dominance of the local duathlon scene on Saturday with victory at the Dambuster race held at Rutland Water.
It comes as no surprise considering the Bourne-based personal trainer is the reigning duathlon world champion having won gold in the 25-29 age group at the ITU (International Triathlon Union) World Sprint Championships in Adelaide, Australia back in October.
She qualified to run for Great Britain in that race after coming fifth in her age group at the Dambuster last season which was her first ever duathlon. But this year Steels’ impressive time of 2:12:16, over the 10km run, 42km bike and then 5km run, was fast enough to win the race, three minutes ahead of Gill Fullen who the race in 2015.
Overall Steels, now competing in the 30-34 age category, came in 41st with Daniel Jenkin taking the tape in the men’s race in a time of 1:51:55, just seven seconds ahead of last year’s winner Harry Springfall.
Steels Tweeted: “So happy with the race today. Last year the Dambuster destroyed me. This year I got my own back and I even enjoyed the last run. Very surprised but delighted with first female home.”