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Wigell wins back-to-back at Kingston SE Triathalon

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Elite Adelaide triathlete Chris Wigell claimed back to back titles in the SA Olympic Distance Championship at today’s Joggers World 2014 Kingston SE Triathlon. The 24 year old’s time of 1:57:20s fell just short of the olympic course record, but ensured that Wigell’s winning streak continues.

“I won Kingston last year and have pretty much won every single race since, including every SA triathlon this season. I’m in a good place, and it has been quite satisfying,” he said.

The event was the seventh race of the Triathlon SA State Series. Wigell described the 1.5-kilometre swim as the toughest Limestone Coast leg, but says he overcame the choppy seas to set up a strong lead for the run home.

“My strategy has always been to swim and bike quite hard in Kingston because it’s a course that certainly works for me, and to be able to have that four or five minute lead going into the run is ideal,” he says.

Sam Boag from the West Lakes ‘Lakers’ Triathlon Club was the first female across the line, finishing sixth overall in a time of 2:15:07, and the result was no surprise to event race caller Peter Nolan. “Sam Boag is in sizzling form – she is a gun,” he said.

Fellow Laker and 2012 winner Felicity Lloyd finished second for the women, while Mount Gambier athletes David Chant and Craig Dunn were the first local entrants to complete the olympic distance, posting equal times of 2:16:20. Summertown entrant Zak Wheaton was the overall winner of the Dan Luscombe Short Course (500m S, 13.3km C, 3.6km R), with Port Noarlunga’s Chloe Lane the first female and third overall placegetter.

“Special mention goes to Naracoorte’s Yvette Fisher, who was second woman overall and also won the 30-39 age group,“ says Kingston SE Triathlon Club president, Alison Stillwell.

A total of 451 athletes participated in the five different events held today, with the International Cycles Olympic Course attracting a record 185 entries. The Harrington for seven to 11 year olds also attracted a record 55 participants.

“Our committee is very happy that the event was embraced by such a large number of competitors, and feel reassured that those attending believe it’s an annual event they shouldn’t miss,” says Alison.

Courses in the Joggers World 2014 Kingston SE Triathlons:

International Cycles Olympic Course (1.5km S, 40km C, 10km R),

Dan Luscombe Short Course (500m S, 13.3km C, 3.6km R),

Kevin Wright Plumbing Come ‘n’ Tri Course (200m S, 7.3km C, 2.4km R),

Harrington 7-11 year olds (50m S, 3km C, 500m R)

RFDS Fun Run/Walk (6km/4km).


Record participation for 4th annual Beachport Triathlon

A record number of over 200 entrants headed to Beachport on Saturday (March 2) from all over the State and Victoria to enjoy the challenging triathlon course, despite quite rough conditions.

The winners of the Challenge course were Toby Richardson, of Mount Gambier, with a time of 1:03:49, with Dayne Pearce — who has competed in three Beachport triathlons — taking the second place male. Third place went to Matt Fallon of Adelaide.

All the way from Germany, Ricarda Gummer was the first female across the line in a time of 1:16:52, which is an accomplishment in itself as Ricarda had never swam in the sea before competing in this event. Nikki Smart of Lucindale came second by less then a minute, with Trish Brand of Coonawarra placing third.

The Short course was won by Richard Meadows of Normanville in a time of 35:27. Richard is a veteran of the event having competed in all four Beachport triathlons. Second place male was Mark Pretty of Millicent, and Stephen Munn of Edenhope was third across the line.

Newby triathlete Kylie Peel from Robe was first female across the line in 43:32. Second place was Georgie McKay, of Lucindale, and third was Josie Aston, of Mount Gambier, who are both regular entrants in this event.

The Junior 8-10 winners were Henry Muller and Amy Wight, both of Mount Gambier. The Junior 11-13 winners were Jett Attard and Ruby Hickman, and both were first place winners in 2012.

The Beachport Hotel Triathlon is a great family event and participation was strong with mums, dads and children all competing. The course had an artistic feel to it, with beautifully decorated sculptures and art pieces made by the Beachport Sea Urchins and Craft Group dotted along the course. The varying distances of the three courses catered for people of all ages and fitness levels. The selection of courses included:

  • Junior Course – 50m swim, 2.4km cycle, 500m run;
  • Short Course – 200m swim, 8.8km cycle, 3km run;
  • Challenge Course – 500m swim, 18.3km cycle, 6km run.

Competitor’s Perspective

Newly acquired Wattle Range Council CEO, Peter Harriott, has competed in a multitude of marathons and triathlons around Australia. As this was his first time competing in the Beachport event, WattleRangeNow asked him for his impressions and his thoughts are below.

“Having only recently shifted to the area I was very keen to sample the local Beachport Triathlon and get some additional training in for some other triathlon events I have coming up.

“So how was it and how does the Beachport Triathlon compare with other events?

“It was a great day starting with a swim that would have challenged Grant Kenny in his Ironman days. The kids started first and all eagerly tackled the surf with not a wet suit in sight. I lined up in my age group to find that the males 55 and under were mostly ripped 20 to 30 year olds! Anyway, there were three old blokes who stood up the back and entered the water at a gentle pace, including me. Mouth shut, eyes closed, just get round that first buoy. That achieved, I relaxed a bit too much on the way in and lowered the water level a fair bit by sucking in half the ocean!

“Always good to get on the bike, but as you exit the water there was running commentary from Ben Treloar. Ben’s material could see him enter next year’s Melbourne Comedy Festival! Hills, hills and more hills, ups and downs and round and round. The coast line — WOW! Three laps, and each time a rousing cheer from the spectators and family at the transition area. The Highland Band on the final corner to give that last bit of motivation. Volunteers everywhere doing a fantastic job keeping us safe on our bikes (thanks).

“Off the bike and onto the run, never much joy in the run. The run was highlighted by the number of competitors offering encouragement as we passed each other on the course. The volunteer marshals doing the same (thanks again). The drink station was a welcome sight and then the boardwalk on the way back is just the best. The view is only matched by that on the bike course and the softening spring from the timber gives you that added incentive to push on. And on it was to the finish, another triathlon completed.

“Off to the pub for a drink — hmmm, a bit busy — that probably indicates that I was not one of the early finishers. Anyway the café just up the street had some great pies and a cold drink to finish off a great day at the Beachport Triathlon.

“Now how does it rate against others? Bussleton WA is beautiful and atmospheric, Port Macquarie NSW is scenic and challenging, Lake Tapou NZ has weather and an adventure. So they are three well known triathlons and I throw in my previous home town event in Shepparton VIC, fast and friendly and recognised as one of the best half-ironman’s in the country. Beachport stacks up against them all and comes out in front in relation to water quality (Southern Ocean, I think drinking some of it on the way in may have helped with cramp prevention), scenery (Limestone Coast, Salmon Hole, Rivoli Bay, it does not get any better) and the enthusiasm of those volunteers involved in running the event. Well done to everyone concerned and I look forward to going around again next year.” — Peter Harriott, CEO, Wattle Range Council.

Rough Conditions

The weather was warm and windy, with a very choppy ocean making for a challenging swim leg. Regardless of this, all entrants completed the swim.

The bike leg around the beautiful scenic route challenged every competitor with many people commenting what a great ride it was incorporating hills, and flats with slight undulation, with such spectacular scenery.

The longer Challenge course attracted a lot of extremely talented athletes, including Ironmen competitors who created fierce competition, which was great for spectators.

Entertainment provided by the Penola Caledonian Pipe Band on the run legs was a welcome surprise for the competitors on the day, and with a lot of people grateful for that extra something to push them through the last leg, a huge sense of achievement was experienced by most competitors at the finish line.

This year entrants also had the opportunity for a massage to relieve their weary muscles by Beachport local Anna Hookings.

The Beachport Traithlon Committee would like to thank all the sponsors of this event, and the many other businesses who donated prizes and goods. The event required over 50 marshals to manage the roads and water safety, so a special thank you to the Beachport Lions Club, Wattle Range 4WD Club, Beachport CFS and Beachport Water Safety Volunteers for making these numbers so easy to find. And lastly the committee members and their families who donate countless hours of their time to organise this event.

For full results of the event please click here.

Competitors set to tackle gruelling Beachport triathlon

The Annual 2013 Beachport Hotel Triathlon is a chance for competitors to increase their fitness and enjoy the challenge.

The Annual 2013 Beachport Hotel Triathlon is a chance for competitors to increase their fitness and enjoy the challenge.

by Clint Bowering

The 2013 Beachport Hotel Triathlon is set to take place this Saturday (March 2) with athletes coming from all areas of the district to compete.

The event will take place on the Beachport foreshore and offers a choice of three courses to suit competitors’ abilities. The courses are comprised of the following:

  • Junior Course – 50m swim, 2.4km cycle, 500m run;
  • Short Course – 200m swim, 8.8km cycle, 3km run;
  • Challenge Course – 500m swim, 18.3km cycle, 6km run.

The Junior Course allows for individuals aged between 8 and 13 years to participate, while the Short and Challenge courses are open to individuals and teams with participants aged from 13 years and 14 years respectively.

Awards up for grabs during the event include:

  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd male and female overall in the Challenge Course;
  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd male and female overall in the Short Course;
  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd boys and girls overall aged between 8 and 10 years in the Junior Course;
  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd boys and girls overall aged between 11 and 13 years in the Junior Course;
  • 1st individual male and female for each five year age category; and
  • 1st placed team.

The start and finish area is the Beachport foreshore, with vehicle access to this area restricted immediately prior to the first race and during the afternoon. Signs will be posted to show where spectators can gain vehicular access, and traffic marshals will be available to approach for instructions.

A map showing the courses will be available on the day, and it can also be accessed via the Wattle Range Council website by clicking here.

The course will be well marshalled, but competitors are advised to familiarise themselves with the entry and exit points to the transition area before their race. Triathlon Australia race rules will apply on the day, and post-race refreshments will be provided to all competitors.

Registrations close at 3.00pm today (February 28) via the RegisterNow website but registration will be taken on the day between 7.00am and 8.00am. A race briefing will be held before the start of the Juniors at 8.20am, with the Short Course starting at 9.00am and the Challenge Course at 9.30am. Trophy presentations will be held at the Beachport Hotel beginning at 12.30pm.

Finish times will be provided for all races, along with split times for Short and Challenge races. Live results will be available online at www.myraceresult.com.au and WattleRangeNow will post full results as soon as possible after the race.

All visitors and spectators are most welcome to come and watch and cheer on the competitors. Spectators and competitors who wish to stay in Beachport for the full weekend can contact the Beachport Visitors Information Centre on 08 8735 8029 for accommodation information.

The organisers would also like to thank the generosity of the major sponsors in the Beachport Hotel, The Athlete’s Foot Mt Gambier, the Mount Gambier Aquatic Centre and Multi Metals.