Vegan Athlete Scoops Bronze At GB National Championships

The sportswoman said she fueled her run with seitan, greens, oats, rice cakes, and quinoa - among other tasty plant-based foods
Vegan athlete Lisa Gawthorne
Vegan athlete Lisa Gawthorne with her bronze medal

A vegan athlete has scooped an unexpected spot on the podium at the recent GB National 5k Championships.

Lisa Gawthorne is best known as an international duathlon competitor, competing for Great Britain in the World Championships for the run–bike–run event. More recently she's represented her country in running events.

Tricky course

The course was far from easy, completing three laps which included taking on the same hill four times.

"There was loads of support out on the course which was good as it was quite undulating in parts and it was a really nice experience racing on closed roads in what is normally a bustling busy little place," Gawthorne told Great Vegan Athletes.

Unexpected place

The third place in her age group was a complete surprise for Gawthorne, who had been training with a different discipline in mind.

"I have been focusing more on bike training these past few months because next week I fly to Romania for the European Duathlon Champs so I haven't been able to dedicate as much time to the running side of things as I would have liked so I just wanted a solid strong run.

"To then be awarded a bronze medal was pretty special I have to say," she said.

Vegan fuel

The athlete, who is also director of a company supplying vegan sweets, has been eating her way to success.

"[I've been eating] lots of seitan for protein, I am using a lot of the Love Seitan range and mixing it in with my favourite greens – broccoli, green beans, peas, cauliflower, kale, and spinach," she said."I have also been eating a lot of oats, rice cakes and quinoa to give me some sustainable energy to fuel both run and bike sessions.

"My current favorite pre-workout snack is corn cakes with Peanut Hottie powdered peanut butter and slices of banana or apple. As a treat, I've also been sampling the lovely new vegan cakes from Oggs which are totally delicious and I was lucky enough to find them in my local Waitrose last week in their first week of launch."

You can find out more about vegan runners here

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are prepared in the author's capacity and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Plant Based News itself. 

Reuse this content
PBN Contributor:

Great Vegan Athletes was set up to celebrate the incredible achievements of elite vegan athletes, and highlight that a vegan diet is in no way a hindrance to athletic excellence. The writers profile more than 100 top level athletes - including world champions and world record holders across a range of sports, as well as spreading news of their success. The site can be found at and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

(c) 2019 Plant Based News LTD. All Rights Reserved. Content must not be copied without permission.

Join the conversation

Since you're here...
Plant Based News is a FREE service that receives millions of views each week. This takes a lot of our personal time, money and hard work. But we do it because we KNOW it makes a difference. If those following our reporting helped by contributing, we could do even more. Please consider supporting us so we can create further awareness about animal rights, environmentalism, ethical consumerism and the plant-based lifestyle. Not a false narrative - but information that empowers people to make better choices.

It's World Vegan Day