Out­back tri suc­cess

Western Times - - SPORT - Marguerite Cuddihy Marguerite.Cuddihy@ west­ern­starnews.com

TRIATHLON: The sun was out in full force for the an­nual Bat­tle on the Balonne triathlon on the week­end with more than a hun­dred kids and adults tak­ing part in the events on of­fer.

Com­peti­tors from St Ge­orge, Cun­na­mulla, Goondi­windi, Roma, Chinchilla and abroad bat­tled it out on Sun­day with two triathlons run­ning con­cur­rently.

Close to 60 in­di­vid­u­als and 14 teams took part in the events.

The Olympic dis­tance event con­sisted of a 1.5km swim, a 40km ride and a 10km run, while the sprint dis­tance was a 750m swim, 20km ride and a 5km run.

Olympic dis­tance ath­letes were the first to brave the Balonne River wa­ters at 6.30am Sun­day.

The first in­di­vid­ual over the line was Cal­lum Mill­ward with a time of 2:02:50.

Mill­ward made the 6.5-hour jour­ney from Pe­ri­gian Springs to St Ge­orge.

“It was well worth it,” he said.

“A great grass roots race full of char­ac­ter.”

Toowoomba man Do­minic Churchett placed se­cond, four min­utes later, and Nathan Josef­ski, from Tara, placed third with a time of 2:09:37.

St Ge­orge Tri Club trea­surer An­drew McKay, who placed 12th in the Olympic triathlon, said this was the first time the club had or­gan­ised Bat­tle on the Balonne.

“It was fan­tas­tic,” he said. “We got more num­bers than we an­tic­i­pated, we had a great range of com­peti­tors and things ran rel­a­tively smoothly for our first time.”

McKay said it was a great day with fan­tas­tic weather.

“There was a light breeze early on that built as the day went on,” he said.

“The swim leg was good, there wasn’t a lot of wind chop and there was a bit of a breeze on the bike leg as well.

“We can’t wait to do it all again next year.”

❝We got more num­bers than we an­tic­i­pated, we had a great range of com­peti­tors and things ran rel­a­tively smoothly for our first time.

PHOTO: DUST TO DAWN PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

EN­DURANCE: Cun­na­mulla’s Hunter and Caleb Thorpe com­plete the kids’ triathlon with dad Liam, at Bat­tle on the Balonne in St Ge­orge over the week­end.

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