Tough brave rough weather

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT - By EMMA DAWE

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.’’

Photo: SIL­VER VI­SION PHOTOGRAPHY

Fleet footed: Young­sters in ac­tion dur­ing the kids’ duathlon at the High­lands Triathlon Sprints at the

High­lands Mo­tor­sport Park on Satur­day.

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