Win­ners are grin­ners

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Shane Ni­chols

GRANT Knight of Port Dou­glas headed up a list of lo­cals who ran, swam or rode to glory in the Co­ral Coast triathlon at the week­end, ahead of the big one this com­ing Sun­day, the Cairns Iron­man.

Knight (47) was de­lighted to find him­self in the lead bunch head­ing for the fin­ish of the triathlon on Four Mile Beach, and claimed third spot on the podium with a time of 1hr 3min 8secs.

Among other lo­cals to shine was Eleanor Jones, in the RRR moun­tain bike race. Eleanor came first in her age group in the 70 km en­duro – not bad for first time out in that event. “I was shocked when they called my name out for first place,” she said.

She’s giv­ing triathlon a rest this year, and re­turn­ing to her MTB past. She had en­tered the RRR just once be­fore.

In the triathlon, a team con­sist­ing of Lisa Rus­sell, Jes­sica Houla­han and Chelsea Burke claimed first place in the fe­male sprints.

Aside from the tri­umphant, there were plenty just satisfied to com­plete their events.

Steve Salleras notched his sev­enth RRR bike race. “It was a big day out. You don’t en­ter it with any il­lu­sions – it is a long hard race,” he said.

“I did it in 3 hrs 47. The win­ners did it in an hour less.”

Andy Gray, owner of Bel Cibo on Macrossan St, took part in the RRR for the first time. “I loved it,” he said. “I’m keen to do it again next year.”

In the Ocean Chal­lenge for ca­noes, In­grid Juchem and George Beeby pad­dled in the OC2 cat­e­gory.

“That was re­ally good to surf,” said In­grid of the sea whipped up by stiff south-easterly winds. “There were a lot of good lit­tle run­ners, we re­ally surfed in the first 2½ hours.

“There were 16 km/h winds. The pro­fes­sion­als loved it – they were gone in a flash!

“Yes, it was a re­ally good run. Hard!”

It took In­grid and George 4 hrs and 50 min­utes to cover the 45 km course. “Our goal ac­tu­ally was just to make it.”

The Port Dou­glas Out­rig­gers com­peted much more heav­ily in a Hek­ili in Cairns on Thurs­day and hadn’t had time to pre­pare for the Ocean Chal­lenge on Sun­day.

On the Thurs­day race to Yorkeys Knob, Port Dou­glas Out­rig­gers women and men both won their race cat­e­gories.

MORE than 30 Dou­glas Shire com­peti­tors will take part in the Iron­man event this Sun­day. Team Car­ling ath­letes Holly Hop­kin­son, Si­mon Mul­li­gan, Liz O’Sul­li­van, Jo Van Ewyk and Amanda Fraser will all be tak­ing part in the Iron­man 70.3 Cairns which con­sists of a 1.9km swim off Palm Cove, a 90km Bike along the Cap­tain Cook High­way and a 21.1km Run through Cairns Es­planade.

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Jacky Cooke (left) con­grat­u­lates Eleanor Jones on her won­der­ful ride to cat­e­gory win­ner in the 70kmj RRR on Sun­day

Team Car­ling

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