Newbie grabs triathlon win
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.’’