Coubrough sprints to elite title
James Coubrough was the winner of this year’s Porirua Grand Traverse elite multisport section in one of its closest finishes ever.
Due to ‘‘serious issues’’ when recording the times of competitors during the April 1 event, Kapi-mana News was unable to publish results last week.
The collated times show James Coubrough, a builder from Lower Hutt, beat favourite Marcel Hagener into second place by just over a minute, with a time of 4:33:35.
‘‘ From what I hear these two were less than a second apart at the change [bike to run] and they were sprinting in the run, it’s incredible,’’ says PGT organising committee member Martin Rosevear.
Third placegetter Mike Anthony crossed the finish line in 5:40:52.
In other categories Jana Kaepler won the female individual multi- sport section in 6:07:25, Team Bennetts were impressive in winning the three-man multisport team challenge (4:25:31), while Andrew Wheatley took out the male duathlon title in 3:57:09.
In the female duathlon teams section, Silverstream Health Centre (Kim Hamer-hurst and Marjolein Ros) were dominant, crossing nearly 30 minutes ahead of their closest rivals with a time of 3:55:31. They beat the fastest male duathlon team (Team PR) by 11 minutes.
The mountain run winners were Samantha Blanch and Paul Adams; Steve Pedley and Rachel Pedley (only female) took out the mountain bike race; Wiremu Wineera and Naomi Lee won the fun run/walk, which saw more than 250 competitors; Josh Roughan and Caitlyn Macquarrie prevailed in the youth kayak race; and Eden Cruise and Anna Mcquarrie won the youth bike/run race.
Fine effort: Mia Uluilelata of Mana on her way to second place in a ‘‘mix and match’’ race in the final Scorching Triathlon of the season at Scorching Bay on March 25. Mia opted to swim 250m, cycle 6km and run 2.5km in the 10 to 14 age grade. She finished in 36min 3sec but was beaten by her sister Matisse. Organiser Daryl Bloomfield said he had hardly slept the night before because of concerns about the weather. But on the day it was fine. ‘‘I don’t think we could have asked for a more beautiful day to finish the season, especially given the way the weather has been in the last month.’’