Dylan Newbery with eventual winner Christian Wilson hot on his tail on the first run leg. Brian Harrington, the schools triathlon organiser, looks on in the background.
Dylan Newbery with eventual winner Christian Wilson hot on his tail on the first run leg. Brian Harrington, the schools triathlon organiser, looks on in the background. ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN

Record numbers flock to aquathon

COMPETITORS taking part in the Hervey Bay Triathlon Club’s aquathon yesterday were a bit surprised by the strength of the current during the swimming leg – but they still had a great time participating in the first event of the new year.

It definitely didn’t keep competitors away – yesterday’s aquathon was the biggest event the triathlon club has ever hosted, with about 130 entrants turning up to have a go.

That was despite the fact that several regular competitors were in Goondiwindi taking part in the Hell of the West triathlon.

“It was bigger than any we’ve ever had,” organiser Ron Morgan said.

Contributing to the big numbers was the Wide Bay squad, which will head to the state titles in Redcliffe in two weeks time.

The squad used the event as a warm up for the titles.

The big turnout has Morgan looking forward to the club’s first triathlon of the year, which will take place in two weeks.

Aquathons do not include a cycling leg and Morgan said regular competitors would be looking forward to getting back on their bikes when they took part in the triathlon.

Morgan said while the 800m swimming leg proved a bit difficult for those taking part, it was perfect weather for those competing in the two 3km running legs.

“It was all fun on the whole,” he said.

“It was a really successful day.”

In the women’s open division Hannah Black, a member of the Wide Bay squad, finished first.

She said the distances were good and was excited to finish first. She is now looking forward to the opportunity to show what she can do in the state titles.

Cycling is her best leg, which she didn’t get to do yesterday, but she said it was still a good opportunity to compete before the titles.

Mikelly Roberts finished second in the women’s open event and Brandi Roberts was third.

In the men’s open division Christian Wilson dominated while Dylan Newbery finished second.

Vastian Gerstner was third.

In the intermediate men’s event Sloane McCulloch was first. Tim Lynch was second and Glenn McConville was third.

In the women’s intermediate event Lisa Hopgood was first, Louise Pearce was second and Mel Robeck was third.



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