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Henning & Lidbury Take Challenge Fuerteventura

challenge rasmus henningRasmus Henning (DAN) has retained his title at today's Challenge Fuerteventura with a convincing win 3:57:16 win while Britain's Emma Kate Lidbury took out the women's title in 4:32:41.

Henning was second out of the water behind fellow Dane, Rasmus Petreaus but by the 10km mark on the bike had taken the lead. By now Daniel Halksworth (GBR) had moved up into second and lost just 37 seconds to Henning's fastest bike split of the day in 2:19:20.

A 1:15:46 half marathon gave Henning a comfortable win over Halksworth who crossed the line four minutes behind in 4:01:06 while Spain's Victor Manuel del Corral Morrales rounded out the podium in a time of 4:01:49.

2012 Challenge Fuerteventura Triathlon Results:
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands - April 14, 2012

Pro Men Results Time
Pro Women Results Time
Rasmus Henning 3:57:16
Emma Kate Lidbury 4:32:41
Daniel Halksworth 4:01:09
Lucy Gossage 4:35:25
Victor Manuel Del Corral Morales 4:01:49
Eva Nyström 4:37:11
Per Bittner 4:04:18
Erika Csomor 4:37:53
Strijk Erik-Simon 4:04:34
Daniela Sammler 4:38:09

"It was a great feeling to once again win here on Fuerteventura and Playitas that has been my home the last two years. I could ease into a solid race pace all day but didn't have to go full steam at any point so it was nice to be able to take the win without needing too much recovery after which means I can still train hard the next 4-5 weeks leading up the my next race in Texas on May 19," said Henning.

The women's race saw Emma-Kate Lidbury lead from the start, exiting the water in a time of 25:03 a minute and a half ahead of Daniela Sämmler (DEU). By the end of the bike she had extended her lead to four minutes. On the run Lucy Gossage (GBR) ran up from third to second in a bid to challenge Lidbury but her two-minute gain on the lead wasn't enough and she had to settle for second in 4:35:25. Swedeish athlete Eva Nyström took third in 4:37:11.

Also racing in Fuerteventura was the return of the "Iron Couple", Stephen and Bella Bayliss. It was the return for Bella, the 15 time iron-distance winner, after having giving birth to their son Charlie. The race made sense as the couple is currently based in Gran Canaria. Grandma and Grandpa Bayliss took care of Charlie while Stephen and Bella raced. Stephen Bayliss finished in 8th while Bella Bayliss took 6th place on the women's side.

Source: Challenge
Photo Credit: Anita Henning
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