Teams have fun in sun for charity
RON Morgan knows his stuff, or so it seems.
Twelve months ago, the veteran triathlete predicted the third annual Hervey Bay Corporate Triathlon would be bigger and better this year.
He was right on the money.
A massive field of 86 teams – the biggest ever turnout – gave it their all over a 300m swim, 10km bike ride and a 3km run to the finishing line at Pialba's Seafront Oval. Each team included three people, with each tackling one leg of the event.
Team Easy, whose line-up included Chris Beattie, Scott Farrell and Evaristo Molys, was the first team across the line in an impressive time of 38min 09secs. The Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre team of Paul Jones, Dawn Downes and Ray Nicol finished second.
The teams who took part in the event were also asked to nominate a finishing time for themselves and try to finish as close to that time as possible.
The Huff n Puff team of Christine Chambers, Helen Petersen and Trevor Pioch was almost spot-on.
It completed the race in a time of 54min 02secs, just one second off the predicted time.
Morgan, a member of the event host, the Hervey Bay Triathlon Club, said the day had been a fantastic one.
“The turnout was tremendous,” Morgan, who combined with his wife Mandy and son-in-law Phil Munson to finish 11th, said. “It was great to see so many people who aren't regular triathletes take part and have so much fun.”
But the day was not all about winning – it also helped raised money for charity, with the VMR the chosen beneficiary this year.
The event raised $3000 for the Hervey Bay Hospital Cancer Care team last year and Morgan said the VMR should get a cheque for more than that this time around.