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Briton hopes to end Xterra woes

Great Britain’s Jackie Slack hopes to end a string of heartbreak finishes in XTERRA Philippines as she guns for the elusive victory against an elite field in the XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon firing off April 23 at its new home in the south in Danao, Cebu.

“This is my sixth year racing XTERRA Philippines and I have had many runner-up finishes but never managed to win the race. There is always so much excitement around this race and I hope to take the top step on the podium this year,” said Slack, who has posted seven XTERRA world tour victories, including three international triathlon feats.

The former firefighter, now married to fellow champion triathlete Ben Allen, fell short in last year’s XTERRA Albay won by Elizabeth Orchard but has looked forward to resuming his campaign here with the new venue offering a different kind of challenge for the crack international and local field put up by the organizing Sunrise Events, Inc.

“As always I love coming back to the Philippines, we have made so many wonderful friendships and this brings us back every year. Sunrise Events always puts on a world-class race, I’m excited to come back and race in Cebu – a place Ben and I love some much and I’m looking for to meeting up with familiar faces,” Slack added.

That includes Aussie Carina Wasle, winner of 15 XTERRA World Tour races, former Asia Pacific XTERRA Malaysia champion Myriam Guillot-Boisset, comebacking Penny Slater of Australia and American Jessica Koltz, winner of XTERRA events in California and Tahoe City.

Bradley Weiss, who came from behind to snare last year’s crown in Albay, and Allen gear up for another spirited duel for the men’s crown in the event sponsored by Alcoplus, Sanicare, The Philippine Star, 2GO Express, Cetaphil, Prudential Guarantee, Columbia, Garmin, Tri Life, Cignal Hyper TV, Rocktape, Gatorade, MNTC, Coca Cola Femsa, Powerade, Wilkins and Storck.