New­bie grabs triathlon win

South Waikato News - - SPORT / TE PAPA HA¯ KINAKINA - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

Re­becca Kings­ford has won the tough Cran­leigh K2 cy­cling event on her first time en­ter­ing.

The 23- year- old Ti­rau triath­lete, who just en­tered to keep her fit­ness up, came out trumps in the women’s K2 race along the Coro­man­del Penin­sula coast­line.

More than 1500 cy­clists in­ter­na­tion­ally en­tered.

Kings­ford also had the sec­ond fastest women’s time in the 200 kilo­me­tre race’s 13-year his­tory at five hours and 49 min­utes.

‘‘It was more to have a train­ing ride . . . but ob­vi­ously I al­ways go into races to do well.’’

Kings­ford was cut from the New Zealand high per­for­mance squad for health is­sues last year and ‘‘poor per­for­mances’’.

‘‘Last year I was pulling out of ev­ery race be­cause of my health.’’

Re­becca Kings­ford en­tered the an­nual K2 race to keep up her train­ing and won the women’s cy­cling event.

She has slowly built up strength with this lat­est event but said she has a while to go be­fore she is ‘‘100 per cent’’. She hopes to be con­sid­ered for fu­ture se­lec­tion in the squad.

Her gru­elling train­ing regime re­quired her to travel to Mount Maun­ganui and Cam­bridge.

‘‘I’m a full­time ath­lete, most times I’m train­ing three to four times a day.’’

This is on top of a job milk­ing in Ti­rau.

Not only did Kings­ford suc­ceed, four of Toko­roa’s Forest­land Wheel­ers mem­bers had plac­ings.

Jim McMur­ray did it again and won his age group as well as sec­ond over­all. This is McMur­ray’s fifth go at what he be­lieves is one of the ‘‘tough­est’’ races.

‘‘They [K2 or­gan­is­ers] list it as the tough­est race in the south­ern hemi­sphere and I would too.’’

His time of five hours and 23 min­utes came down to how it went on the day, McMur­ray said.

‘‘I think I had good form ... things dropped into place well. For nearly ev­ery­one it’s their big per­sonal chal­lenge.’’

Train­ing boost:

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