Coast con­tin­gent sur­vive Hawaii

Multisport Mecca - - News - Grant Edwards

SUN­SHINE Coast pro­fes­sional triath­lete Luke McKen­zie fin­ished 27th at the gru­elling Hawaii Iron­man ear­lier this month.

The Sun­shine Beach ath­lete never trou­bled the lead­ers on a record-break­ing day in un­usu­ally calm con­di­tions as part of the Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship on the Big Is­land.

Ger­man Pa­trick Lange trounced the field on his way to set­ting a new race record and go­ing well un­der eight hours, fin­ish­ing in 7hr 52 min and 39 sec for the 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2km run. He was the first ath­lete to break the eight-hour bar­rier at Hawaii, beat­ing his own pre­vi­ous record by nine min­utes.

McKen­zie pro­duced a solid day out (8hr 30min 32sec), com­plet­ing the swim in 50min 46sec, was fast on the bike with an ef­fort of 4hr 27min 26sec and then pro­duced a 3hr 7min 29sec marathon.

Pere­gian Beach’s Cal­lum Mill­ward was 44th amid the elite men, af­ter clock­ing 9hr 06min 25sec (50:57, 04:32:08, 03:37:46).

Fifth placeget­ter Braden Cur­rie spent much of his time pre­par­ing for the race at Noosa. Cur­rie was push­ing for the lead at the early stages of the run, but faded to fin­ish 12 min­utes be­hind Lange.

McKen­zie’s wife Beth also raced and fin­ished 22nd in the women’s pro­fes­sional di­vi­sion. She com­pleted the race in 9hr 18min 8sec (1:04:06, 5:04:10, 3:04:50).

As ex­pected, the women’s race was dom­i­nated by Daniela Ryf, who also smashed her own Hawaii record by more than 20 min­utes with a time of 8hr 26min 18sec.

In the am­a­teurs, for­mer Coolan­gatta Gold win­ner and surf iron­man star Josh Minogue fin­ished 50th in the men’s 30-34 age group in 9hr 16min 28sec.

Minogue was first out of the wa­ter in his di­vi­sion with an ef­fort of 49min 48sec, but dropped back on the bike af­ter get­ting a draft­ing penalty to com­plete the cy­cle leg af­ter 4hr 52min 13sec. He then came back with a 3hr 31min marathon.

“The Kona ex­pe­ri­ence was ev­ery­thing it was cracked up to be, the peo­ple and the place were amaz­ing and to be in­volved in one of the great­est days in sport was spe­cial for me,” Minogue said.

“I’m a bit on the fence about whether it was a good day or not, I wasn’t ex­pect­ing too much but get­ting a draft­ing penalty (which was rub­bish) and then not re­ally fin­ish­ing off the run, made it a lit­tle dis­ap­point­ing. Apart from those two things it was amaz­ing, just as tough as I ex­pected.

“The wind di­rec­tion was very dif­fer­ent to the trade winds, so it was quite calm through Hawi and we had a tail wind on the way home, so that made for a quick bike but it was still re­ally warm. The most dif­fi­cult part of the whole thing was the num­bers on the course. When I got my penalty I fell back into a group of 50 or 60 who just didn’t care about whether they were draft­ing which made things su­per tough and up­set me, be­cause the TOs weren’t even both­er­ing with penal­ties once we were that far back in the race.

“That was just su­per tough to deal with per­son­ally ... the swim was ac­tu­ally one of the best and eas­i­est I’ve ever done, once I let the leader go (who was just swim­ming for the record then stopped) I cruised in which was per­fect. The run was awe­some too un­til I started strug­gling, it was an awe­some day.”

New Sun­shine Coast res­i­dent Caleb Noble was sev­enth in the men’s 18-24 age group af­ter hit­ting the fin­ish­ing arch in 9hr 22min 33sec (50:19, 4:46:17, 3:38:33).

Beer­wah’s Ash­leigh Hunter made her Hawaii de­but and was 16th in the women 25-29. She fin­ished in 10hr 27min 11sec (1:08, 5:11:12, 4:00:39).

It was also a suc­cess­ful day out for Gympie vet Anne Al­ford, who was 21st in women 35-39 with an ef­fort of 10hr 29min 35sec (58:42, 5:10:36, 4:14:27).

Coast fa­ther and son Ken and Ryan Rae also com­peted.

Ken was 21st in men 65-69 in 13hr 39min 58sec (1:14:06, 6:44:21, 5:26:09). Ryan fin­ished 197th in men 35-39 (01:03:54, 05:26:44, 04:15:03).

PHOTO: INSTAGRAM

BIT­TER­SWEET: Josh Minogue on his way to com­plet­ing the Hawaii Iron­man.

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