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November 1, 2017

Handicap 2 Race Wrap


On a day with more wind than the canteen at a Heinz factory, a large field of 56 triathletes turned out to take on whatever the weather gods could throw at them, to compete in handicap race #2 of the ‘Rockdrill Services Australia’ tri season.  At our club races wind gusts are generally measured using the following formula:


Number of “F” bombs dropped by Fiona O’Donnell during bike to run transition multiplied by 5 km/hr


Using this calculation wind gusts were measured at 40km/hr


The short course results were dominated by competitors from the recent Women’s Tri, with the first seven placegetters all building on from last week’s event. Rebecca Atkins (1.15.45 off 10 minute handicap) led home Claire Weir (1.17.08 off 18) and Kate Wooley (1.17.55 off 15) Let’s hope you’ve all caught the triathlon bug and went home to dissect the various ways you can knock off a minute here and there and want to come back and join us for the season.

Steven Simpson (1.21.29 off 35), in his first race with the club, led the blokes home from Gareth Rogan (1.23.23 off 13) and Lakeman Newland (1.24.32 off 39). Fastest splits were as follows:


                                           Female                                                                  Male

Swim                                 Shannon Hicks – 5:22                                          Steve Gibson – 6:00

Cycle                                 Janelle Willis – 18.09                                           Graeme Christie – 17.04

Run                                    Emily Davis – 16.37                                              Graeme Christie – 13.57


Graeme Christie banked the fastest men’s time with a total of 38.56 with Belinda Doyle the fastest of the women finishing in 44 minutes flat. Congratulations to Janelle Willis, a previous short course club champion for knocking down her PB.


The duathlon field (a.k.a – aquaphobes) also grew to six competitors, with Stanley Wilson (1.24.20 off 35) taking the short course glory and Richard James (1.38.54) the long course.


In the long course triathlon Matthew Fullgrabe (1.34.42 off 12) overcame the fatigue of an ironman training workload to take the yellow jersey from an improving Wayne Marchese (1:35:15 off 9) and Paul Newland (1.35.39 off 22). In looking at his transition times, Matthew might want to consider taking a little less time on the hair and make-up and just get the helmet or shoes on and get going! Even better, take a few tips from Paul Newland who was the quickest amongst the short and long course fields in both transitions. Belinda So (1.35.47 off 10) held out Jody Brownley (1.36.42 off 18) and the returning Nicole Wilson (1.38.57 off 10 to be the first female home.


Jason McNamara took out the trifecta of fastest splits, leading all men across the swim (10.25), cycle (33.48) and run (21.49) and stopped the clock at a staggering 1.07.16. We might have to delve in the history books to see if this is a current course record. Jody Brownley (1.18.42) was the fastest overall woman, along with being the slickest on the bike (40.14) and on the trot (24.13). Kelsey Roberts, who has carefully watched her uncle’s swimming style and chosen to ignore it completely was the quickest fish, swimming the 600m in 10.00.


Congratulations and welcome to the considerable number of debutants and as mentioned before, we hope to see you return for more. Keep in mind the corporate triathlon next month and cobble some teams together amongst you work colleagues to help make it a successful and worthwhile event. Flyers have been sent out on our email list. Next club race is set for 12th November. Remember we have a junior tri taking place before this, so our race will kick off 15 minutes later than usual.


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