Ath­letes line up for 20th triathlon

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY COLIN MACGILLIVR­AY

Hor­sham Triathlon cel­e­brated its 20th an­niver­sary with an uptick in the num­ber of en­trants and a good day of rac­ing at the week­end.

More than 60 adults and 30 ju­niors com­peted in­di­vid­u­ally, while sev­eral teams also en­tered.

Af­ter early-morn­ing rain the weather cleared, and en­trants en­joyed a pleas­ant but windy day of rac­ing.

Race di­rec­tor Mark Pumpa said it had been a per­fect way to cel­e­brate 20 years of the Hor­sham Triathlon. “Con­di­tions were pretty good,” he said. “The win­ner didn’t set a course record, but he had a pretty good time. The kids races were really good as well.”

Mel­ton’s Liam Green was the open men’s cham­pion, com­plet­ing his swim, cy­cle and run in 1.02.14 hours.

He beat Ron Thomas and last year’s win­ner Steve Gray, who fin­ished with times of 1.04.28 and 1.04.59 re­spec­tively.

Re­becca Clad­ing­boel edged out mul­ti­ple-time women’s cham­pion Kelly Miller by nearly four min­utes, fin­ish­ing in 1.05.50 to Miller’s 1.09.30.

“It was good to see a new fe­male cham­pion,” Mr Pumpa said.

“She just beat Kelly Miller, but Kelly was in train­ing for Gee­long this week­end so she hung back a lit­tle bit and didn’t give it 100 per­cent.”

Hor­sham’s Ethan Jol­ley took out the men’s short-course triathlon in 34 min­utes and 37 sec­onds, and So­phie Robin­son was the women’s win­ner in 46.20. Toby Wilkins and Sarah Nether­way were ju­nior long-course triathlon male and fe­male cham­pi­ons with times of 21.37 and 23.33 re­spec­tively.

Cam Belleville was the boys ju­nior short­course cham­pion in 13.43 and Am­ber Schel­lens won the girls sec­tion in 13.52.

Ky­nan Estsi­nowsky took out the boys mini duathlon in 12.32 and Si­enna Mansera won the girls sec­tion in 15.04.

Mr Pumpa said Tri Hor­sham, the gov­ern­ing body of the Hor­sham Triathlon, was al­ready look­ing for­ward to next year’s event.

“I’ve been in­volved with the triathlon since day one,” he said.

“Ev­ery year has been a great suc­cess. Next year for our 21st birth­day we’re go­ing to have a big cel­e­bra­tion.”

Mr Pumpa said his favourite part of or­gan­is­ing the triathlon was giv­ing back to the Hor­sham com­mu­nity.

“With the money we’ve made out of it we’ve helped sup­port Si­mone O’brien get over to the United States for a marathon,” he said.

“We’ve given a few women $500 to race over­seas in Iron­man events.

“We’ve do­nated $2000 to the Blue Rib­bon Foun­da­tion and we’re go­ing to do­nate again to them this year.

“Our money that we make, we don’t just spend it on our­selves, we utilise it to cre­ate good things around the com­mu­nity.

“It’s been a good jour­ney for 20 years and it’s still go­ing, which is fan­tas­tic.”

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