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Canberra school teacher breaks triathlon world record

Canberra Times logoCanberra Times 6 days ago Eamonn Tiernan
Canberra ultra-triathlete Laura Marshall broke a world record last month. © Jamila Toderas Canberra ultra-triathlete Laura Marshall broke a world record last month.

Canberra school teacher Laura Marshall has set a new triathlon world record and become the first ACT women to swim the English Channel.

Marshall became the first Australian women to complete the gruelling Enduroman Arch to Arc, an ultra-endurance triathlon from London to Paris, solo.

Marshall completed the 140-kilometre run, 35k swim and 300km cycle in 81 hours and 28 minutes, breaking the world record as the fastest woman to complete the race without a wetsuit.

She completed the 465-kilometre epic in support of beyondblue and raised more than $4500 for the charity which helps people battling depression.

"Even though this is a solo event you can’t do it alone and I had an incredible support team around me that made all the difference," Marshall said.

“It all started out with running, which became like my meditation. Since then the challenges have kept getting bigger and bigger.”

Marshall was the 35th solo athlete to complete the Arch to Arc and ninth woman.

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