Last Sunday saw the Kalgoorlie crew head south for the annual ‘KEC Electrical Kambalda Triathlon’ (well two years in a row is enough to call it an annual event). Due to the planning and organising of Wayne Marchese and Ryan Mc Nally, the event proved a roaring success. Despite overnight rain causing some uncertainty (and 20 messages for Ryan to respond to) 40 competitors made it along, including a number of locals.
The Men’s event saw a ding-dong battle between Matt Hicks (37.04) and Douglas Foulkes-Taylor (37.05), with the lead changing several times through the cycle and run legs. In a thrilling finish Matt prevailed by a margin of less than 1 metre after Douglas added some unwanted distance with a couple of mis-directions on the run. Medical opinion was that Douglas suffered a lack of oxygen to the brain due to the size 8 tri suit he had painted on. Ryan McNally (38.48) overtook Dean O’Brien (42.09) during the last transition to take third place. Dean confirmed the result by running past the turn-around marker (Note to Craig McCulloch – pick who you follow on the course so you don’t end up lost as well).
Jody Brownley (40.59) hung on grimly during the swim to minimise the gap between her and early race leader Di Catoi (43.42) in the women’s division. A tight contest during the cycle saw Jody enter the run leg with a 15 second lead before extending this during the run. Michelle Swan (46.55) overtook Sue Webber (47.09) during the run to claim third place.
Thanks to all those who made it down early or hung around to pack up – it’s one of the many things that makes this a great club. Once again congratulations to Ryan and Wayne and we hope your efforts has piqued the interest in a few more Kambalda folk becoming a part of our club.
Keep the weekend open for the next road trip with the upcoming Norseman Triathlon on Saturday 17th February. Dean will give further details at our next handicap race (4th February)
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