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Un­stop­pable Emma Pallant scored a hat-trick at the Na­tional Duathlon Cham­pi­onships seiz­ing the podium top spot for a third suc­ces­sive year.

And no-one was more pleased for her than for­mer Olympian and pre­vi­ous world duathlon cham­pion, Michelle Dil­lon, who was beaten into sec­ond place by more than a minute.

Dil­lon, who came out of re­tire­ment to race on home soil, is none other than Pallant’s coach. The fol­low­ing morn­ing she tweeted: “I can’t walk this morn­ing but it was worth it, 2nd to @Em­maPal­lant at Elite Na­tional Duathlon Champs whoo hoo! :-).”

Fresh from her three-in-a-row vic­tory Pallant re­vealed that she has an ex­cit­ing year ahead of her. “It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence to be rac­ing with my coach, I had fun out on the course and the event went re­ally well. This year I’m aim­ing to de­fend my World Duathlon Cham­pi­onship ti­tle as well as hav­ing a go at 70.3 rac­ing. I’ve got a huge amount to learn, hav­ing never time-tri­alled be­fore but I’m re­ally ex­cited about get­ting a year of ex­pe­ri­ence in.”

Pallant will be vy­ing for the world cham­pi­onship ti­tle in Aviles, Spain on 4 June.

Great Bri­tain elite team duath­lete, Gil­lian Palmer, crossed the line just 12 sec­onds be­hind Michelle Dil­lon, tak­ing bronze in the multi-lap event held within the great walls of the his­toric venue.

In the closely fought men’s race Richard Hor­ton cel­e­brated vic­tory af­ter com­plet­ing the sprint dis­tance course in 54:16 to fin­ish 10 sec­onds clear of Calum John­son in 54:26.

The Race­time Triathlon Club ath­lete also saw off com­pe­ti­tion from for­mer Com­mon­wealth Games racer, Liam Lloyd, who clocked 54:35 to take the fi­nal podium spot.

Af­ter­wards Hor­ton said: “Be­ing crowned na­tional cham­pion feels re­ally good, it’s taken a while to be­come a se­nior cham­pion but it’s a big re­lief to fi­nally win this event. I knew that there would be some strong boys rac­ing to­day such as Calum John­son and Liam Lloyd, along with a num­ber of oth­ers, but a group of seven of us got away on the bike and we worked to­gether re­ally well.”

Mean­while age-grouper Lucy Charles (see this month’s On a Roll p16) took sil­ver medal for the 20-24 age cat­e­gory.

In the Bri­tish Elite Parad­uathlon Cham­pi­onships, Bret Cross­ley took the PT1 men’s vic­tory in 1:04:30 while Lizzie Tench picked up the women’s PT1 hon­ours.

An ec­static Tench said: “I’m ab­so­lutely thrilled to bits with the win to­day. Hav­ing just found out that PT1 rac­ing will be in­volved in the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games, it’s a real goal to aim for, and races like this are great to pre­pare. “I re­ally

en­joyed it. It’s a beau­ti­ful park. A tough course, but I en­joyed it.”

PT4 ath­lete, Chris Frost, put in a flaw­less per­for­mance to fin­ish top of his cat­e­gory, as did Faye McClel­land (PT4) in the women’s race, pip­ping Ruth Wil­son (who fea­tured in our In­spired By re­cently) to the top spot.

McClel­land said: “It was a re­ally tough race to­day, I had Ruth (Wil­son) by my side the whole way which kept me on my toes. The bike was un­du­lat­ing, so that was quite chal­leng­ing but, all in all, it was re­ally good.”

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