Matthew Fullgrabe appears to have taken an early lead in the long course champion title race with victory in handicap race #3, making it two in a row over the 600m swim, 23km cycle and 6km run course. Matthew also recorded a personal best with a time of 1.35.19 off a 17 minute handicap. He won comfortably from an improving Shannon Pike (1.35.47 off 11) and long course veteran Fiona O’Donnell (1.35.57), who was suitably muted in transition whilst surrounded by 30 pairs of curious eyes from our junior triathlon participants. Ryan McNally showed a slick set of wheels in recording the fastest men’s time of 1.14.59, with consistent performer Jody Brownley being the quickest of the women (1.19.16). Club champion points are awarded as follows: 1st place – 14 points, 2nd – 13 etc, down to five points for tenth place and then four points for all others who finish. Your best five results are tallied at the season’s end. So the chance is there for anyone to steal it.
In the short course event (300m swim, 9km cycle and 3km run) newcomers stole the glory with Sarah Bannister (1.13.24 off 18) and Mick Pocock (1.16.21 off 30) filling the first two places in their club debut. Therese Wharton (1.19.31) filled the final place on the dais. Steve Gibson (37.58) and Belinda Doyle (42.58) were the fastest man and woman respectively. In the duathlon events, one-time 90’s popstar Craig McCulloch was victorious in the long course, with Dave ‘Silver Fox’ O’Brien taking the honours in the short course. Craig also took out the title of ‘longest pause at the prize table without making a choice.’ Other noteworthy performances included personal bests being set by Gareth Rogan (46.12) in the short course and Wayne Marchese (1.27.00) in the long event. A total of 45 competitors tackled the combined events.
As you are aware, our timing laptop shutdown mid-race, affecting the recording of results. Through individual reporting, some forensic science and a little bit of witchcraft overall times have been gathered and will be placed on the website. Apologies if there are any inaccuracies as a result of this. A back up system is now in place to guard against any future grief.
The junior triathlon that preceded the senior event saw 33 enthusiastic participants, with about 15 of them having the surname Newland. Thanks to Ciara for putting this together and to all those who were able to help out while juggling your own event.
Congratulations to our award winners from Friday night’s Sportstar Awards. Dean O’Brien was a finalist in the sportstar, Jody Brownley won the Masters Sportstar, with Julie Gardner a finalist and Ryan McNally was honoured for his services to sport. Well done all and it’s great for our club to be a part of it all.
The next club event is the annual corporate triathlon scheduled for Sunday 26th November. Get a team together from your workplace and register them before the online closure (Friday 24th) All details can be found on the club website. Following this, on Sunday 2nd December a record 16 Kalgoorlie club members will be taking on the challenge of the Busselton Ironman event (3.8km swim, 180km cycle and 42km run). On the same day is our handicap race #4.