Rasmus Henning retained his Challenge Fuertaventura title in 3:57:16, and GB’s Emma-Kate Lidbury won the women’s race 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 37secs 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.
"It was a great feeling to once again win here on Fuerteventura and Playitas that has been my home the last two years," said Henning. 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."
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.
1.9km swim | 90km bike | 21km run
1 Rasmus Henning, DEN 3:57:16
2 Daniel Halksworth, GBR 4:01:09
3 Victor Manuel Del Corral Morales, ESP 4:01:49
4 Per Bittner, GER 4:04:18
5 Strijk Erik-Simon, NOR 4:04:34
1 Emma-Kate Lidbury, GBR 4:32:41
2 Lucy Gossage, GBR 4:35:25
3 Eva Nystrom, SWE 4:37:11
4 Erika Csomor, HUN 4:37:53
5 Daniela Sammler, GER 4:38:09