Airlie athletes shine in Bowen
AIRLIE Beach had a host of representatives at this month’s Queensland Country Health Bowen Triathlon.
Ryan Palazzi backed up his runner-up finish at the Airlie Beach Triathlon with another second, this time finishing behind Townsville’s Sam Murphy.
Whitsunday athlete Lloyd Clode-Roberts looks to be returning to full health, placing sixth ahead of James Carman while the Whitsunday Triathlon Club’s big improver Martin Gartrell snuck inside the top 10 with a time of 1.07.01 to finish ninth in the 30-39 category.
Emma Hogan continued her impressive development with another top 10 performance and an agegroup win.
The race was won by Townsville’s Chelsea Gerard, followed by Saskia Jurriaans, however the next five places were filled by Whitsunday Triathlon Club members.
Ride Whitsundays manager Chris Labes rounded out the podium, followed by Naomi Land, Mel Blank, Cassie Carman and Emma.
Ryder Harvey added second in the enticer division; however the performance of the day was saved for Proserpine’s Josh Dyke.
Deep in preparation for an ultra marathon, Dyke completed a 50km run session on Saturday morning, including a jaunt through the Great Whitsunday Walk, before backing up to finish in just 1.07.41.
Triathlon novice Bernard Laverty continued his improvement, finishing in 1.16 while Whitsunday Christian College student Harrison Palm finished in 1.20, sandwiched between Hamilton Island’s Paul Fraser (1.16) and Ben Jackson (1.23).
Whitsunday juniors also shone in the sprint and enticer races, with strong numbers representing Hamilton Island, Cannonvale, Airlie Beach and Proserpine.
The next event on the calendar is the Noosa Triathlon, which will see Hamilton Island’s Graham Lockett join fellow Whitsunday Triathlon Club members Brad Reynolds and James and Cassie Carman in the southern hemisphere’s biggest event.
In other news, the Fujifilm Hamilton Island Triathlon will be held on Saturday, November 14.
For more information or to register visit www.hamiltonisland.com/au/ triathlon.
Registrations close on November 10.