Rain turns tri into duathlon

SUNDAY’S Clarence Valley Triathlon Club meet turned into a duathlon as the weather turned wet right on start time. With bike safety paramount, the cycle leg was cancelled and the format became swim-run-swim-run. The rain eased enough to make for overcast and almost dry run for the 10 seniors and six juniors who turned up.

Three time slots were started, at three-minute intervals. Aaron Watts, off three minutes, cleaned up to earn another three minutes on his handicap for future weeks. The way Aaron has improved this season, the extra handicap will hardly be noticed. As he has just started racing with the Grafton cycle club, his bike times are sure to rapidly improve too. Dave Lovell, also off three minutes and with the fastest 3km-run split of the day, was just 30 seconds behind. In the next finishing group Paul T, running strongly, was spurred on in the last lap, keen not to be caught. Although with a faster run split, but starting from three minutes, Kim couldn’t close the 18-second gap.

Next to finish was Greg, making up six minutes on Niamh and Veronica, who were out for a social Sunday’s exercise. Greg was cut a bit short in distance in this event, he and Adam being in training for ironman distance.

Darren, Scott and Richard bought up the tail end. At one stage Richard thought he had struck it lucky, being chased down by three women, but they were all too quick and he was left for dead in the swim. There will be some review of handicaps for our next event.

In the juniors Grace showed great determination to complete her distances first, followed by Jaden. Damien completed the full 300m/3km/ 300m/3km distance in not much more time than some of the seniors. Lexie, Jack and Max kept their dad going with great spirit. Congratulations to all participants, and to those club members who competed at Mooloolaba the previous week.

Don’t forget Red Rock triathlon on Easter Sunday to aid the surf club. A great friendly local race – good for both beginners and seasoned alike. Next club outing will be on April 17. Be at Yamba Pool registered by 7.20am to start at 7.30am; juniors at 8am. Just come and have a ‘tri’.

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