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Brits adventure racing World Champions
Posted by: Annie Emmerson
Posted on: Friday 20th November 2009


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Following on from what has been a quite outstanding year for British multisport athletes, we've just received this press release from Nick Gracie of Nuun products informing us about four more recently crowned British multisport World Champions.


Taking on the world’s elite adventure racers, British-based Team Helly Hansen Prunesco have reinforced their class in the demanding sport, claiming the World Championship crown in style after a gruelling six days of cross-terrain racing and orienteering.

The long and complex course totalled 907 kilometres across the beautiful, yet unforgiving central region of Portugal, testing the teams’ physical endurance and mental ability to the limit.

Team members, Nicola MacLeod (Army Doctor from Gillingham), Warren Bates (Fund Manager from North London), Tom Gibbs (Aerospace Engineer from Chepstow) and Nick Gracie (Businessman from West London) joined together for the 2009 AR World Championship and were supported by Nicola Wiseman (Army Doctor from Camberley) and James Thurlow (Event Organiser from the Lake District). They have all experienced international sporting success but never yet in a world championship.

Team Helly Hansen Prunesco strategised and worked collectively as a team in order to successfully navigate each stage of the race ahead of the competition and cut offs, relying heavily on their skills in trekking and orienteering, mountain biking, paddling and inline skating.

Crossing the finish line on the beach near Peniche shortly after 9:30am on Saturday 14th November, Team Helly Hansen Prunesco proved their supporters right and confirmed their reputation as one of the world’s top teams. They raced harder and smarter than the chasing pack which was comprised of vastly experienced international teams including Orion Health from New Zealand and Nike/Beaver Creek from the USA.

In a sport that has been dominated by the US team Nike and a series of strong New Zealand teams Helly Hansen - Prunesco were the first British team to become world champions and only the second European team. Previous events have been held in Brazil, Scotland, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland.


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