The weather was picture-perfect for 11 individuals and 8 teams to tackle the 400m swim, 16km cycle and 4km run – however the sun was out and it was hot.
Our article last week talked of a possible dark horse, and this certainly came true, with Amy Coulton of Ariki Adventures taking out the title this year in her debut race in a time of 54 minutes 55 seconds.
It was a great race for everyone, and the front runners were certainly all gunning for first place, with Harriet Browning and Amy coming out of the swim first, followed closely by Alyce Edwards.
A little further back was Lucy McDonald and Adrianna Skurosz, who had some time to catch up on the cycle course.
A strong cycle leg by Alyce saw her jump into first position, overtaking both Harriet and Amy to have a small lead into the run leg.
But it all came down to the run, with Amy passing Alyce in the first two kilometres, and a fast-paced Harriet hot on their heels, passing all the others and chasing down Amy, but not quite making it – taking out second place just 40 seconds behind.
Alyce kept her strength up on the run to keep a determined Adrianna and Lucy away from her, taking out third place just 37 seconds after Harriet, with Adrianna and Lucy next, taking out the fourth and fifth places respectively.
In the teams’ event, the ‘Stinkin Hot’ team made up of Jenny Henry, Renee Clayton and Rebecca Brown took out first place in one hour, six minutes, with Ariki Adventures’ ‘Last Hoorah’ team of Jennie George, Julie Tamaariki and Helen Philips coming second just 53 seconds later, and the ‘BSPLICIOUS’ team of Shannon Saunders, Tahiti Isaaka and Joyce Fortes taking out third place one minute after that.
Thank you to the committee and to all those who helped with marshalling and water stops and cheering, and also thank you to the Ngati Raina family, as always, for the use of their section.
A big Meitaki Maata goes to our main sponsor BSP and supporting sponsor The Bond Store who provided some fantastic prizes – with everyone getting something for their great efforts. Without our sponsors, these events could not be nearly as fantastic as they are.
Our triathlons continue on Thursday and Saturday afternoons, with the next big race being our annual Club race the Tinman Triathlon to be held on Saturday, April 21, at 2pm. Individuals and teams are welcome for this 1200m swim, 31km cycle and 10km run.