After a very wet Saturday afternoon for registration and biking our Spartans woke up to a perfect Sunday for triathlon racing. Such good energy with parents and kids anxious to discover the beauty of our unique sport under the Somerset tents set up metres away from the course.
Bright sun, no wind and a nice cool temperature. Yes! We all had to face the New South Wales time difference for a very early 4.00am start but that was not a problem for our competitors.
The race kicked off for Kobee and Phoebe even before the sun was up, and it was not until most of our Sprint Distance triathletes were in the water that the first sun rays hit the creek to bring the 15 degrees temperature up to a nice 24 degrees soon after. Early starts were wrapped up by the Olympic Distance athletes and our one and only Mr Craig Sayer who had an amazing race coming first in his age category.
Excitement and joy describe the race of our Sprint triathletes with Dr Annette Eastwood our Sports Physiologist leading the way into transition and finishing third in her age category. All other athletes had amazing races being the first triathlon for most of them. A lot was learnt in this first race and they can’t wait to correct the little mistakes and discover new ones.
Around 10.00am the fun started for our age 7 to 12 Spartans. Excellent swimming by all with Erin Shepherd leading the way out of the water in her age category and an exciting sprint finish by Michael Rossiter who was only one second behind the 7 to 9 boys champion.
Independent of race results it was a brilliant start for our Spartans Triathlon Club and next week we expect the Somerset Community to be cheering for an even larger field at the Gold Coast National Championship Triathlon, for our official Club launch.
Craig Sayer 55 to 59 2:10:11 1st
Annette Eastwood 35 to 39 1:12:44 3rd
Nicholas Tan 16 to 17 1:14:53 7th
Richard Ward-Harvey 40 to 44 1:20:58 23rd
Carrie Smith 55 to 59 1:23:44 6th
Victoria Jones 13 to 15 1:25:10 9th
Xiao Xiao Wang 13 to 15 1:33:08 10th
Ben Gallagher 13 to 15 DNF (Bike Problems)
Phoebe Ross 12-13 53:22 12th
Kobee Munro 12-13 53:56 13th
Bowen Mansell 10 to 12 24:28 6th
Erin Shepherd 10 to 12 25:19 4th
Phoenix Crampton 10 to 12 27:28 18th
Sean Perry 10 to 12 30:02 39th
Gregg Velloza 10 to 12 30:33 42nd
Siena Moss 10 to 12 34:28 38th
Michael Rossiter 7 to 9 years 14:48 2nd
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