Returning Clark gets Easter reward
AN Easter Sunday rendezvous with a chocolate egg was the gift-wrapped reward for victorious Amy Clark after Red Rock-Corindi’s annual Bendigo Bank Triathlon on Sunday.
The 25-year-old enjoyed a winning return to the sport she parted ways with almost a decade ago, clinching the women’s crown across the 800m swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run.
Along side fellow Woolgoolga local Richard Pearson – a three-minute winner in the men’s category - Clark was the star of the day.
So how did she amrk the occasion?
“I ate my chocolate Easter egg without guilt,” said Clark, who clocked in at 59min 18sec..
“I wasn’t expecting to go that well because it’s my first for a long time.
“I just moved back into the area and thought I’d get back into it.
“I definitely didn’t go there thinking I would win the women’s category.”
A steady pre-event diet of pounding the pavement every day sent Clark hurtling towards the victory.
Although she admits she was happy ‘just to finish’.
Competitors were met by perfect weather conditions which ensured a successful day for both the athletes and organisers.
There was only one incident requiring first aid when a competitor fell at the start of the bike leg but finished the race before being seen to by first aid personnel.
Pearson won the overall title in a time of 49min 34sec while Jesse Boogaard claimed bragging rights in his family battle.
The 11-year-old recorded a tight two second triumph over 40-year-old father Peter.
The pair traded friendly barbs before the event but the younger Boogaard is unlikely to let his old man hear the end of his success.