FIRST HOME: Richard Crofton was the first to cross the finish line at the Clarence Valley Triathlon Club race on Sunday morning which started and finished at the Yamba Heated Pool. Photo: JoJo Newby
FIRST HOME: Richard Crofton was the first to cross the finish line at the Clarence Valley Triathlon Club race on Sunday morning which started and finished at the Yamba Heated Pool. Photo: JoJo Newby

Chilly start for champs

CLARENCE Valley Triathlon members braved chilly conditions on Sunday morning in their final outing for the season, the Club Championships.

Based on performances through the season over our usual club distance of 400m swim, 18km bike and 5km run, the event was handicapped to give all an opportunity for the prestigious title of CVTC Champion 2011.

Veronica was the rabbit, off go, with the chasers giving her up to 18 minutes start.

Having not been seen training much recently, Veronica was a bit of an unknown element to the handicapper.

Richard Crofton, with the most variable of performances during the season and giving Veronica three minutes start, was the first and only one who managed the catch, but not until well into the run.

Richard ran away to a good win – one of his few lately, to take the coveted champion title.

A mere seven seconds behind Veronica, David Lovell put in a big effort to take third place in a sprint finish.

Aaron, starting off a big handicap of 18 minutes, was closing rapidly on the front runners but just ran out of distance.

Sprinting it out against Chris Ryan, Chris took the honours.

Overall Aaron has been the biggest improver of the season, moving from rank beginner to a backmarker.

The award for closest to their handicapped time on the day was taken out by Richard Crofton, finishing within just 15 seconds of his secret handicap time.

Well done to everyone who turned up.

Thanks to Ray, Regan and Kim for organising and setting up, and to our supporters for joining us at the breakfast after the event.

With the Byron Tri the previous week, this just about finished our club season until August.

Four athletes represented our club at Byron Bay Triathlon last weekend, with best result being Kim Elvery placing third in her age division.

A big effort by Paul Tarasenko to complete this full Olympic distance event scraping in just under the three hour mark, and to David Lovell and Chris Ryan who in competitive age groups.

Both finished under the 2h 30 min mark.



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