Outback tri success
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.
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.