Laura Siddall is on the podium again at Challenge Melbourne

Second place at Challenge Melbourne for the ‘Brit Abroad’

She’s still hunting for top spot… but you’d have to say that the first quarter (and a bit…) of 2017 has been rather good for Laura Siddall.

After a memorable second place to Yvonne Van Vlerken at Challenge Wanaka, the former multiple Age-Group World Champion went on to IRONMAN New Zealand and secured her second full distance M-Dot podium, with second place in Taupo. After a very late (Thursday!) decision to race Challenge Melbourne on Sunday, it was another second place finish for the C.V.

Home athlete Annabel Luxford was the class of the race, building a healthy cushion on the swim and bike legs. Laura pulled back a minute over the half marathon, but had to give best to the talented Aussie for the win. “she’s a very classy athlete and one of the best in the world, and sadly couldn’t match her today!

Challenge Melbourne – Sunday 9th April 2017
1.9km / 90km / 21.1km


1st – Annabel Luxford (AUS) – 4:09:58
2nd – Laura Siddall (GBR) – 4:16:02
3rd – Penny Hosken (AUS) – 4:39:20


1st – Sam Appleton (AUS) – 3:44:51
2nd – Dan Wilson (AUS) – 3:46:23
3rd – Tim Reed (AUS) – 3:54:11

John Levison
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