FORMBY athlete Lisa Gawthorne claimed a bronze medal after battling against sweltering heat during the World Multisport Championships held in Romania.
Lisa, 41, earned a podium finish after her impressive performance in the sprint duathlon race, which involved a 5.7km run, a 20km bike course and a final 2.5km run.
Despite the hot weather, Lisa managed to achieve a lifetime best and bring home the bronze medal.
She said: “I am absolutely delighted to have made the world podium for what I do. Years of hard training and graft have most definitely been rewarded.
“It was such a tough race as it was so hot. The bike course was technical and there were a lot of late changes to the course but despite all that, I posted the fastest runs for my age group and put in a strong stint on the bike.
“I managed to get into third position with just under 1km to go on the final run. Running through the finish line hearing my name called for GB as the bronze medallist is something I will never forget. Needless to say, tears of joy followed soon after whilst celebrating at the finish line with all my teammates.”
Lisa is a passionate vegan spokesperson, entering her 20th vegan year and she carries the logos of Peta UK, Veganuary and The Vegan society on her sports clothing.
She added: “It’s always been really important to me to promote a cause that is so close to my heart, I live and breathe veganism and I really love spreading the positive message that veganism has for health, fitness, the animals and the planet.” Lisa has been competing in duathlon on the international circuits for six years, steadily climbing up the positions,
This year will also see Lisa awarded her third England vest as she has been selected to run in the Bristol 10k in September for her age group.
When asked what’s next, Lisa replied: “For now, some well-earned rest and relaxation and then we reset for a strong running season where I will be focusing on my 1,500m and 3,000m to help my 5K and 10K road times.”