Athletes stretch legs in 6km dash
Karratha’s Julian Le Plastrier won the Broome Tri Club’s club series triathlon last Sunday before his wedding this weekend.
About 20 athletes took part in the triathlon at Cable Beach but all eyes were on Le Plastrier, who was told before the race not to injure himself before the big day on Saturday.
“This race came up and I thought ‘we are going to miss the Leading Edge Cable Beach Triathlon’, so I thought ‘I’ll do this race instead’,” he said.
“I think she (bride to be, Katrina Mercer) would rather I do it a week out rather than the day before. She said ‘just don’t crash and stay safe’ — I was unscathed, luckily.”
Competitors battled a long course of an 800m swim, 20km bike ride and 6km run and a short course of half that on Sunday.
Le Plastrier was pursued relentlessly by Jesse Evans, 15, Mike Kaufman, Emily Richardson, Louise Lydramore and Grace Lewis in the long course.
Jesse led the long course by about 300m exiting the swimming leg, but was chased down by the groom-to-be in the cycling stage.
“He’s a freakishly good swimmer (Jesse), he must have been 300m ahead and I could hardly see him but I’ve probably got a few years on him and I’m just an old fella powering away,” Le Plastrier said.
The 15-year-old won St Mary’s College’s Year 10 cross country last week and is heading to Perth for a State Swimming WA competition in September. The short course was won by Greg Hood and Jane Ballantyne, with Shahid Jefcoate and Janella White in second.
Karratha’s Julian Le Plastrier crosses the finish line on Sunday at the club series triathlon.