Elvery leader of Clarence pack at Kingscliff
KIM Elvery led a strong contingent of Clarence Valley Tri Club members at windy Kingscliff on Sunday.
Local triathletes of all ages competed in the five triathlon events on offer with the evergreen Elvery taking top spot in her age group in the Olympic Distance event.
Elvery remains firmly in a purple patch of form following several top age group finishes in the past six months. Her husband, Brian, was scorched by her finishing speed when he was passed with 200 metres left to race.
Eight other senior club members competed in the Olympic Distance race (1.5km swim/40km run/10km run) with Kelsey Wilkes (2nd in 16-19 year females) and Ray Hunt (2nd in 65-74 year males) earning a podium spot.
David Lovell and Robert Danaher just missed the prize stage with fourth placed finishes. If Danaher hadn't taken a bike detour he almost certainly would have made up the solitary minute needed to take third. Darren Adams had a top 10 in the highly competitive 45-49 men, while Yvonne Bowles was suitably proud to finish her first Olympic Distance event strongly and Pat Bowen always seemed happy to be competing.
Brooke Porter claimed third in the 16-19 year female category of the Sprint (750m swim/20km cycle/5km run) while her brother, Billy, finished top 10 in 13-15 year boys.
In the Tempta event Michael Gavin finished top 20 overall and second in 51-60 year males.
More speedy juniors mixed it in the Junior (7-9 years) and Big Kids (10-12 years) events with Elisha Gavin missing the podium by one place but still proudly wore her usual smile.
Harriet Irving and Jay Adams finished sixth in the Junior girls and Big Kids boys, respectively.