Black­wood’s big­gest test

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Sport - Karen Hunt

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.

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