Report from Wellington .kiwi Triathlon – 8th March 2014
Around twenty two local club members attended Wellington last Saturday to compete in the .kiwi tri event. Along with about 460 other athletes. Events ranged from 1:2:1 to full Olympic distance triathlon. The U19 National Sprint Event in which we had four young people entered in was also held. With Jaimee Leader getting on the podium (3rd), and Liz Stannard (4th) females were well represented. David Martin was close to the front for both swim and cycle legs but faded slightly in the run getting a very commendable 9th with Ioan Fuller 16th.
This was the first ever inter-club event as well – they will be working on changing the points system but this is their first attempt. Clubs got points for the numbers entered and peoples placing’s in the age groups. Obviously the larger clubs had an advantage with this however we still managed a commendable 3rd place. Wellington was first; Auckland second. I am yet to see how the points were calculated.
The weather was predictably not calm. Water was choppy making swimming the long course tricky – especially when we had to swim about 4-500 metres to the start pontoon – and then some (like me) had trouble sighting the marker buoys in the choppy water. However not raining throughout and the day warmed up after the 7.30 am start. The cycle around the bays was attractive (if you had time to look) but also gusty with a nice tail wind one way and grinding head wind the other. You certainly had to watch coming around the headlands when the wind was a bit gusty. A huge number of marshalls are needed for the cycle course so Wellington is to be commended for their organization where everything seemed to run very smoothly.
The 3:9:3 event saw Manawatu in dominant form with Adam and Andy Martin 1st and 2nd in this event with Georgi Van Lienen and Dana Purdy 1st and 3rd and Sam Phillips 2nd U13 Male. In the Olympic distance we had a number of top 3 age grade placings (see results sheet) with AJ Cornwall being our top male finisher in 32nd place and our top female finisher being Kelly Carter in 17th.
Well done to everyone who competed and the many family and friends who provided moral and verbal support throughout the event. Next large national event is the Auckland Barfoot and Thompson International (ITU) event on 5-6th April. Let me know if you are competing so we can acknowledge and track your success.
Barrie Eccles (reporter)
Here's the full results for the Manawatu Triathlon Club competitors at the tri:
Peter Scott 7th Male all ages 13:14
Gorgi van Lienen 1st Female 39:43
Dana Purdy 3rd Female 41:52
Sam Phillips 6th Male 41:40 2nd
Luke Scott 11th Male 46:52
Dineth Rajapakse DNF
Nina Booth 18th Female all ages 56:16
Adam Martin 1st Male all ages 37:26
Andy Martin 2nd Male all ages 38:28
Kevren Ford 16th Male all ages 49:51
Cheryl Hirschberg 2nd (F50-54) 44th Female 2:59:32
Kylie Mulcahy 3rd (F35-39) 32nd Female 2:40:39
Kelly Carter 4th (F30-34) 17th Female 2:33:14
Gemma Fisher 9th (F30-34) 43rd Female 2:58:36
Barrie Eccles 1st (M60-64) 86th Male 2:49:46
AJ Cornwall 3rd (M40-44) 32nd Male 2:21:49
Paul Plieger 6th (M40-44) 42nd Male 2:26:25
Dave Scott 8th (M50-54) 59th Male 2:33:38
U19 Womens Sprint Distance National Champs
Jaimee Leader 3rd 1:08:26
Lizzie Stannard 4th 1:09:11
U19 Mens Sprint Distance National Champs
David Martin 9th 1:03:11
Ioan Fuller 16th 1:07:18
Jack Finlay DNF
2014 Tri Series
Sam Phillips All Series – Future Tri (under 13) 3rd
Barrie Eccles (M60-64) 2nd