Not many people can say they’ve represented Team GB and run a successful food business, but friend of Veganuary Lisa Gawthorne has done just that. Lisa is fresh from the streets of Ibiza where she recently represented Team GB in the European Cross Duathlon Championships
Finishing a very respectable fifth place in her age group, and 20th female overall, Lisa chose to compete in the cross event as a personal challenge, but also to utilise the mountain bike roots that began her passion for cycling. Lisa usually competes in the sprint duathlon, and finished 12th in the World Championships for her age group in Denmark in July.
Taking time out from her role as owner of Bravura Foods, which distributes several vegan food and drink products, Lisa commented: “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.”
The first run of the race took Lisa across 6.3km of cliff edges, coastal drops and sandy beaches (sounds pretty hairy!), followed by an 18km race through mountainous forests – with an impressive 25% incline climb which Lisa had to complete three times throughout the route. The event finished with a 4.2km run across the terrain experienced in the initial part of the race.
Lisa is no stranger to Veganuary, and ran the event in her Team GB kit adorned with our logo (thanks, Lisa!) as well as PETA’S and The Vegan Society’s, plus of course a nod to Bravura Foods – which she co-owns with long-term business partner Karl Morris.
We’re glad to hear that Lisa received supportive vegan cheers during the race. She told Veganuary: “I love spreading the positive message and I do get a lot of vegan chants and support on the way round. It has also been nice to talk to many of the athletes about incorporating plant based eating into their lifestyle for performance gains. I am a big advocate of this.”
Next up in Lisa’s event calendar is the 2019 European and World Championships, where she will again be representing Team GB. She is due to start training in January – just as the nation takes its Veganuary pledge.
Lisa is living proof that a vegan diet can be great for athletes and sports people. She’s even put together her top ten tips for those who want to take part in Veganuary – whether you’re a running fanatic or prefer a slower pace of life.
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