Blackwood’s biggest test
WINDY, cool conditions tested canoeists and cyclists in Rotary’s 39th Blackwood Marathon Relay on Saturday but favoured horses, organisers said.
“The weather was ordinary but didn’t interfere with the event at all,” Jamie Doust said.
“I don’t think the cyclists appreciated having hills and headwinds particularly.”
More than 400 competitors took part in the event which started in Boyup Brook with a 12km run, followed by a 8.5km paddle, 1km swim, 16km horse ride and 20km cycle home to Bridgetown.
Of the 140 teams registered, about half included horses, Sue Doust said.
“We did ok, we had about 70 horses, down from previous years, but the horses had a much better run – we had by far the least disqualifications.”
Lemonis Tantiprasut Lawyers were first home in the open division in two hours 41 minutes and 24 seconds, ahead of Up and Coming (3.00.23).
The team had both the fastest swimmer, Travis Nederpelt, who stopped the clock in 10.23min, and the fastest cyclist in Matt Dec, who recorded a time of 33.12min.
Swan Valley All Stars were third in 3.02.54, with runner Dean Menzies recording the best time of 37.30min.
Fourth overall were Millsend Memories (3.06.20) with Dogs of War (3.06.34) in fifth place.
Rusty Ironmen Red were the first veterans home in 3.21.40 ahead of Swanny Vets in 3.31.20.
Victorious Secret won the women’s division in a time of 3.23.51.
Last Minute Wonders were the super veteran champions, finishing in 3.33.32 ahead of It’s Time in 3.44.28.
Two Bridgetown teams battled it out in the super vet women’s category with Five Abreast finishing in 4.10.07 just three seconds ahead of 50 is the New 30.
Narrogin couple Tim and Sarah Wiese retained their titles as ironman and iron woman, recording times of 3.18.27 and 3.25.13.
Canoeist Marty Wallace, who paddled for many years for Team 1, the Bridgetown Tearaways, was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Mr and Mrs Doust thanked Rotary committee members, property owners and volunteers for their help in staging the event and said they are already looking forward to next year.
“It’s Bridgetown’s 150th and we’re 40 and we’re going to give it a really good push,” Mrs Doust said.
Winning veteran swimmer Julia Norris, from Rusty Ironmen team, comes ashore.
Lynette Avins, of Manjimup, during an equestrian portion of the event.
Cyclist Ian Wookey tackles a hill during the Blackwood Marathon.