New race gets a thumbs-up

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport -

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.

Pic­ture: Pho­to­s4sale

Au­gusta team Wine on the Line: Fiona Jones, Me­gan Wat­son, Julie McGre­han, and Ida Dan­niels­son.

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