Lisa Gawthorne, committed vegan and Managing Director of a health food distributor, has returned from competing for Team GB.
Lisa, who heads up Bravura Foods, competed in her age group in the European Cross Duathlon Championships in Ibiza. The run-bike-run race saw the first run of 6.3km across cliff edges, coastal drops and sandy beach front settings, followed by 18km largely in the mountain side forest and featured an impressive 25 per cent incline climb, which had to be completed on the route three times. The final run was 4.2km in the same setting as the first run.
Usually a candidate for the sprint duathlon, (Lisa finished 12th in the World Championships for her age group in Denmark, in July), Lisa chose to compete in the cross event this year as a personal challenge but also to utilise the mountain bike roots that started her love for cycling.
“The course was amazing but totally brutal, it was by far the hardest race I have ever been involved in and with that came the one of the biggest sense of achievements when I crossed the finish line,” she commented.
Lisa finished fifth in her age group and 20th female overall, and, donning the usual GB kit adorned with vegan messages, Lisa once again took the opportunity to spread the vegan message by displaying Peta, Vegan Society and Veganuary logos on her kit, along with Bravura Foods.
Lisa has already qualified for the GB team at both the 2019 European and World Championships, which training starts for early in January.
In other Bravura news, one of its brands, Panda Liquorice, has been recognised at the Quality Food and Drink Awards, where it was named winner of the best confectionery product.
Lisa commented: “We are all truly over the moon, it’s what the brand deserves, the brand’s quality really is peerless in the marketplace and has been for many years.”