Triath­letes dou­ble up for Roma con­test

En­durance ath­letes given dou­ble dose

The Western Star - - SPORT - Joshua Macree

TRIATHLON: With the cur­tains clos­ing on a jam-packed en­durance sea­son, the Royal on 99 Roma Triathlon was set to test com­peti­tors for one last time, as a back to back triathlon threw up a stern test for even the most hardi­est of ath­letes.

With ev­ery other triathlon on the cal­en­der fea­tur­ing a sin­gle-day event, the Roma triathlon has a race on the Satur­day af­ter­noon, fol­lowed by a Sun­day morn­ing meet, giv­ing com­peti­tors about 12 hours to re­cover.

Do­minic Churchett, from Toowoomba, com­pleted the dou­ble, fin­ish­ing first in both in­di­vid­ual sprint races ahead of Jaime Cas­ca­jares and Craig Stevens in third.

It was a sim­i­lar story for the women’s event, with El­lie Ran­dall win­ning both races.

Mick Gray, of the Mara­noa Triathlon Club, said this year’s reg­is­tra­tions were well up on 2017, pav­ing the way for a suc­cess­ful meet.

“We’ve seen par­tic­i­pa­tion in­crease around 50 per cent on last year and we’re also see­ing a lot of lo­cals hav­ing a go for the first time,” Gray said.

“The dou­ble for­mat is unique in that we com­pete over the sprint dis­tance on Satur­day af­ter­noon in the heat of the day and back up again and do the same race again Sun­day morn­ing.

“The ath­letes have to back up just a few hours later but they’re also fac­ing dif­fer­ent con­di­tions as it was 31 de­grees on Satur­day and on Sun­day morn­ing, it was still at about 15 de­grees.

“We wanted to of­fer some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent to en­tice peo­ple from other ar­eas and clubs to come and stay in town and help out the lo­cal econ­omy.”

The dou­ble for­mat is unique — Mick Gray

PHOTO: JOSHUA MACREE

TRI-HARDS: Thomas York, from Roma, com­ing home in 13th place on the Sun­day morn­ing leg of the Roma Triathlon.

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