Aside from battling the normal difficulties of a triathlon course, Eurocoast Triathlon club members had to contend with the heat, jellyfish and flat tyres during Sundays race at Nowra.
Five club members competed in the Sprint distance race (750m swim, 20km bike leg, 5km run). Adrian Connor provided the clubs fastest time, finishing the race in 1:10:52, placing him 4th in his age group, and 28th overall, out of some 230 competitors. Lachlan Brown had a great swim leg, exiting the water with Adrian, much to everyones surprise. Lachlan got on his bike and found it had a flat tyre, he pumped it up but it didn’t hold air. Due to the speed of the race Lachlan withdrew at this point.
Kim Young placed 3rd in her age group, in a time of 1:42:22. Gary Ashton (1:21:27) and Julie De Ernsted (1:25:43) both placed 6th in their age group.
In the Olympic distance race (1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run) Vic Lendzionowski won his age group, and even beat the winners of some of the younger age groups. Vic’s total race time was 2:18:42, placing him 16th overall out of 153 starters.
All competitors made comment of the jellyfish, with stings to many of the racers, and some are still suffering the effects.
Next race for some club members will be in Canberra on Sunday 3 February. This race is also a qualifying event for the ITU (International Triathlon Union) World Championships to be held on the Gold Coast in September.
Above: Kim Young after finishing 3rd in the Sprint race at Nowra.