Small field braves rain

Queen­stown women win Lake Hayes events

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT -

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

Photo: JAMES AL­LAN

Vic­tor: Duathlon win­ner, Queen­stown’s Rachel Kennedy.

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