Athletes line up for 20th triathlon
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.”