New race gets a thumbs-up
Adventurers Dougal Allan and Jess Reynolds were the overall male and female winners of Sunday’s Augusta Adventure Race, but local competitors also posted some honourable results.
The event featured a new format for the first time since the race started in 2006, with stand-alone competitions added to the main 1km ocean swim, 6km coastal run, 15km mountain bike ride and 6km inlet paddle.
Allan, from Wanaka in New Zealand, was also the overall winner of Saturday’s stand-alone races.
Dunsborough’s Reynolds won the women’s competition in “perfect racing weather and racing conditions”.
Augusta-based team Fiona Jones, Ida Danielsson, Julie McGrehan, and Megan Watson finished the course in a time of 2 hours 52 minutes and 58 seconds.
Captain Jones completed the 6km paddle leg for the team in a time of 43 minutes and 8 seconds, and was ecstatic as she crossed the line to the cheers of her three young children, Luke (5), Joel (3) and Lilly (1).
“We’ve had a great day and so thrilled to be part of the adventure race. We all absolutely loved the leg we each did,” she said.
Danielsson clocked a time of 28:35 in the swim leg, 66-year-old McGrehan completed the 6.6km trail run in a time of 51:37, while young-gun Watson mountain biked for the team in a blitzkrieg 48:05.
The team then ran the final 200m together across the finish line.
Race director John Jacoby of Rapid Ascent was impressed with how competitors embraced the new format.
“I thought the competitors did really well across all the races this weekend . . . well done on giving it a red-hot go.”
Organisers thanked onlookers and locals for turning out in force.
Augusta team Wine on the Line: Fiona Jones, Megan Watson, Julie McGrehan, and Ida Dannielsson.