Small field braves rain
Queenstown women win Lake Hayes events
The Lake Hayes women’s triathlon on Saturday was awet affair but that didn’t stop hardy entrants swimming, kayaking and biking their way to the finish line.
A small field competed in both triathlon and duathlon divisions with the fastest triathlon time going to Marie Wikstrom, of Queenstown, in 59m:30s.
Race director Geoff Hunt said there was the usual strong camaraderie amongst the competitors and a number of beginner level entrants keen to race in the Configure Express event.
The triathlon course offered a 300-metre swim or 2km kayak on Lake Hayes followed by a 15km bike ride on the Lake Hayes/ Arrowtown road into Speargrass Flat Rd followed by a 5km walk on the Lake Hayes track to the finish line at the pavilion.
The duathlon was a 1.5km run on Lake Hayes track, then the triathlon’s 15km biking leg and a 5km run to the finish line.
The fastest duathlete was Racheal Kennedy, of Queenstown, in 56:15.
Beth Wills, of Twizel, was second fastest in the triathlon in 60.28, with third place going to Susan Todd, of Queenstown, in 64:13. The open triathlon winner was Arnia Ross, of Wanaka, in 65.51 with Una Greegan, of Queenstown, in second in 66.11. Duathlon open division honours went to Sharyn Mitchell, of Queenstown, in a time of 68.01, with Alison Hinze, of Arrowtown, in second in 75.26. ◗ Confidential photos page 20
Victor: Duathlon winner, Queenstown’s Rachel Kennedy.