‘Nurses’ add humour to Bay triathlon

RAISING money for the Hervey Bay Hospital Cancer Care team represented a serious side to yesterday’s corporate triathlon – but thanks to the efforts of Chris Barnes and Steve Schofield, along with many other competitors who went to great lengths to dress up in outrageous costumes, there was also a humorous side to it.

The two men donned nurses’ dresses and wigs to complete the race, much to the delight of the crowd that gathered at Seafront Oval yesterday morning.

Barnes’ daughter, Jessica, 11, also got into the spirit of things – she wrapped a few bandages around her arms and face and was their “patient” for the day.

The two men completed the three legs of the triathlon together, all the while towing their “patient” in their wake.

Jessica held on to a boogie board and was towed along by her dad in the swimming leg and then held on tight while being trailed along behind a two-seater bicycle on the cycling leg. She then got ferried around the course in a wheel barrow in the running leg.

The group won the prize for having the most humorous costumes, pocketing $100 for their efforts.

There were plenty of others who got into the spirit of the day by wearing costumes.

One group dressed as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – and won the prize for best costumes.

There was also a team of pirates and a team of fairies competing on the day.

Another group, nicknamed The Learners, were a team that was giving the sport a go for the first time. Loretta Swann was part of The Learners side. She did the running leg.

“We’re very excited,” she said before the race.

“We’re doing it purely for the challenge, not in terms of breaking any records.”

Another Learner, Ann James, who did the cycling leg, said she had been practising hard on her exercise bikes.

“The hills are going to be a workout,” she said.

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