The race involved a 5.7km run, a 20km bike course and a final 2.5km run, all undertaken in blistering summer heat of Targu Mures, Romania.
“I am absolutely delighted to have made the world podium for what I do,” says Gawthorne. “Years of hard training and graft have most definitely been rewarded. It was such a tough race as it was so hot, the bike course was technical and there were a lot of late changes to the course but despite all that, I posted the fastest runs for my age group and put in strong stint on the bike. I managed to get into third position with just under 1km to go on the final run.
“Running through the finish line hearing my name called for GB as the bronze medallist is something I will never forget. Needless to say, tears of joy followed soon after whilst celebrating at the finish line with all my teammates.”
A passionate vegan spokesperson and a vegan for 20 years, Gawthorne carries the logos of PETA UK, Veganuary and The Vegan Society on her GB Tri suit. “It’s always been really important to me to promote a cause that is so close to my heart, I live and breathe veganism and I really love spreading the positive message that veganism has for health, fitness, the animals and the planet.”
This year sees Gawthorne awarded her third England vest as she has been selected to run in the Bristol 10k in September for her age group. For the moment though, she is set to enjoy ‘some well-earned rest and relaxation’.