Win thrills Par­son­age

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By MERE­ANA AUSTIN

Mata­mata’s Matthew Par­son­age is ‘‘ very proud’’ af­ter win­ning the Orca Auck­land Half Iron­man 2014 by nine min­utes.

There were 123 starters in the March 23 race, which started from Marae­tai with a 2 kilo­me­tre ocean swim.

‘‘ Swim­ming is my weak­est part of the event, but I had been fo­cus­ing on im­prov­ing my swim­ming over the last month,’’ said Par­son­age.

The 33-year-old was happy with his swim and eighth out of the wa­ter.

Dur­ing the 90km cy­cle Par­son­age said he worked hard to catch up.

‘‘It is quite a tough course with some quite steep hills in it, but I pre­fer hilly bike cour­ses so this suited me.’’

He was ex­tremely happy with his run, which was a half mara- thon (21.1km).

‘‘ Run­ning is my strength as I was a run­ner be­fore I started do­ing triathlons.’’

Par­son­age’s over­all time was 4h 8m 29s, which he said was the fourth fastest time in the 11-year his­tory of the event and a new per­sonal best time for him.

‘‘Pretty much ev­ery­thing went per­fectly to plan,’’ Par­son­age said.

‘‘I was happy that my ex­tra work and train­ing on my swim­ming paid off and I was closer to the faster swim­mers than in pre­vi­ous races.

‘‘I feel very proud to have won the race, and hav­ing my name along­side some of the amaz­ing long dis­tant triath­letes who have pre­vi­ously won this race.’’

Con­di­tions for rac­ing were per­fect.

‘‘ The sea was com­pletely flat and there were only very light winds for most of the race.’’

Par­son­age nine or ten week.

He hopes to con­tinue to im­prove and to keep en­joy­ing do­ing triathlons.

‘‘I haven’t done a full iron­man race yet, but I am think­ing se­ri­ously about do­ing Iron­man New Zealand in Taupo in March 2015.

‘‘And hope­fully to be able to do a good time, hope­fully un­der nine and a half hours,’’ he said.

Par­son­age started do­ing triathlons and half iron­man races more than four years ago.

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Photo: SUP­PLIED

Win­tec jour­nal­ism stu­dent Cham­pion: Matthew Par­son­age at the Ro­torua Half Iron­man where he took out first place.

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