Tough brave rough weather
Racing of a different kind was on offer at the Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell on Saturday when the first Highlands Triathlon Sprints were held. The event was organised by Terry Davis, from Highland Events, and although numbers were down on what he was hoping for, more than 130 people still took part in the event. They had to battle freezing, wintry weather, and Mr Davis said he believed the weather played a huge part in the number of entries. ‘‘The weather was even worse in Wanaka, so people who might have been planning to enter on the day would’ve just stayed in bed.’’ However, those that did enter the event really enjoyed it. ‘‘People have been raving about how good the venue was and what a cool track it was.’’ Mr Davis said a highlight was the battle in the triathlon event between champion multisporter and adventure racer, Dougal Allan, from Wanaka, and New Zealand age group triathlon champion Fynn Thompson, from Wakatipu High School. Thompson won the battle by 22 seconds. Mr Davis said the kids’ event was also a highlight, with more than 30 children competing. ‘‘I’m really happy with how smoothly the day went. ‘‘The main point of having the event at the park was to showcase it as a multi-purpose venue, so that side of it was a big success.’’
Fleet footed: Youngsters in action during the kids’ duathlon at the Highlands Triathlon Sprints at the
Highlands Motorsport Park on Saturday.