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Henning, Lidbury take Challenge Fuerteventura
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Saturday 14th April 2012


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Playitas Resort, Fuerteventura hosted the second edition of the half-iron distance Challenge Fuerteventura today which we previewed earlier this week HERE.

We picked Rasmus Henning and Emma Kate Lidbury for the wins. They delivered.

Men

The overwhelming pre-race favourite was Playitas resident and 2011 winner Rasmus Henning, and exiting the water in the lead group with fellow Dane Rasmus Petraeus and Brit Daniel Halksworth was fully in line with expectations. The only surprise perhaps being that the usually reliable Stephen Bayliss was around 50 seconds back at T1.

Henning set the fastest bike split on roads he is very familiar with (2:19:20), but had Halksworth in close company, the Brit losing just 37 seconds over the 90km. Third at T2 was Mikel Elgezabal who we had highlighted in the preview, though even with his pro cycling background he was unable to make up any time lost in the swim. Bayliss continued to lose time after the swim and at T2 was down in seventh, six minutes in arrears. The race was Henning's to lose... but he didn't.

1:15:46 for the half marathon was more than enough to bring him home with a four minute margin over Halksworth who will be pleased to have moved up from fifth last season. Alpe d'Huez Long Course winner Victor Manuel Del Corral Morales (ESP) set the fastest run (1:14:05) to complete the top three.

©Anita Henning

Ladies

First lady out of the water was three-time Ironman 70.3 winner during 2011, Emma Kate Lidbury. Bella Bayliss was third, two minutes back at this stage with Edith Niederfriniger (ITA) and they in turn had a 1:50 buffer over Lucy Gossage, Erica Csomor (HUN) and Nicole Woysch (GER).

We had picked Lidbury as our race favourite, and she showed that quality on the bike extending her lead at T2 to 4:22 over Daniela Sammler (GER) who recently took 12th place in Abu Dhabi. Third at T2 was our other pick, 'Duracell Bunny' Lucy Gossage. Five minutes back on the more experienced Lidbury, could her fast feet make any impact over the 21km run course? She had multiple sub-9 iron distance finisher Erica Csomor for company, a superb runner in her own right.

Lidbury had enough to take the win, though as we had suggested, Gossage did manage to close just over two minutes on the run. That pair will have plenty more battles through the season. Eva Nyström (SWE) completed the top three while Bella Bayliss finished sixth (4:45:40) in her return to racing.

Pos Men Women
1st Rasmus Henning (DEN) 3:57:16 Emma Kate Lidbury (GBR) 4:32:41
2nd Daniel Halksworth (GBR) 4:01:09 Lucy Gossage (GBR) 4:35:25
3rd Victor Manuel Del Corral Morales (ESP) 4:01:49 Eva Nyström (SWE) 4:37:11
4th Per Bittner (GER) 4:04:18 Erika Csomor (HUN) 4:37:53
5th Strijk Erik-Simon (NOR) 4:04:34 Daniela Sammler (GER) 4:38:09

FULL RESULTS


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