Coubrough sprints to elite ti­tle

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

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.

Photo: JIM CHIPP

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.’’

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