Bumper field of ju­niors put on a show

Southern Telegraph - - SPORT -

Rock­ing­ham Triathlon Club com­pleted its 2018 Triathlon Pro­gram with the run­ning of its se­cond race of the series last Sun­day, the Step Ahead Po­di­a­try Triathlon.

The fam­ily- ori­en­tated club has in place a com­pe­ti­tion for its ju­nior ath­letes who get to ap­ply their skills over three dis­ci­plines.

The club’s ju­nior sports di­rec­tor Bree Trewin was over­whelmed with a record num­ber of ju­niors that showed up for the Trys­tars event at Rock­ing­ham Beach.

Brax­ton Ware, Saxon Bald­win and Chris­tian Wat­son had the bike course well un­der con­trol, as did Rex Bowron, Juan Nel and Jack Martin in the boys’ 7- 9 age group.

Mack Hill, Jaco Nel with Alexan­der and Cameron Wal­lace in the 1011 year cat­e­gory had a great day, all fin­ish­ing within sec­onds of each other, while in the girls 12 - 15 years long- course race Ash­ley Ste­wart, Skye Bowron, Jas­mine Hus­sev, Chloe Fleav and Amity Tsagaris de­lighted their fam­i­lies in a close and ex­cit­ing fin­ish.

The se­niors’ long course dis­tances cov­ered a 300m swim, 15km bike and 3km run and for many this was com­pleted in less than 50 min­utes.

The com­pe­ti­tion was lively in the women’s di­vi­sion, with Michelle Man­ning con­tin­u­ing her good form from the re­cent Bus­sel­ton Iron­man event, with Jen­nifer Mac­carone and Caro­line Clark tak­ing out the mi­nor plac­ings.

In the women’s short course, So­phie Bur­ton nudged ahead of Vanessa Baker with Kelly Gray third.

The heat was on in the men’s long course, with 54 par­tic­i­pants in ac­tion and mak­ing a big splash over the 300m swim. Ro­nan Hays led the way ahead of Grant Sex­ton and Brett John­son.

Once on the bike, po­si­tions changed within the first lap. The Stay Classy crew mem­bers moved up the leader­board with Ben Trew­ben lead­ing the way chas­ing Greg Man­ning, with Matt Ware, Jamie Lau­rit­sen and Michael Gor­mally slip­ping through the field.

Stephen Ather­ton was in the ac­tion, hit­ting speeds of 45km/ h.

On the fi­nal leg, po­si­tions changed ever so slightly at the top with John­son even­tu­ally tak­ing con­trol at the front of the chas­ing pack to cruise over the line ahead of Man­ning with Trew­ben third.

The men’s short course was yet an­other tight af­fair with Michael Back­shall con­sol­i­dat­ing his po­si­tion with a strong bike leg fin­ish­ing ahead of Ju­lian Ste­wart and Michael Tay­lor third, with good per­for­mances from Ol­lie Martin and Ma­son Le Roux.

The pro­gram picks up again for Rock­ing­ham Triathlon Club on Sun­day, Jan­uary 20, at Alexan­dra carpark on Rock­ing­ham Beach Road.

Jen­nifer Mac­carone, Michelle Man­ning and Caro­line Clark.

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