Inaugral EMS Tri for Charity Team Triathlon a Huge Success

A massive $12,300 has been raised in the inaugural 2014 EMS Tri for Charity Triathlon held in Dubbo on Saturday. The donation was given to Make a Wish Foundation to arrange experiences to children with life threatening medical conditions.

In warm conditions, 47 teams of three competitors either swam 550 metres, rode either 18km or 9km with the final competitor running either 4km or 2km.

With a total of 140 competitors, Murray Robertson (Atlex Stockyards) was first out of the water in 7 minutes 23 seconds with a clear break of 19 seconds to a bunch led by promising junior Lachlan Sinclair (Richardson and Sinclair) seconds in front of Josh Allen (CBA Winners) and another three seconds to another improving junior Matthew Marks (Atlex Stockyards 3). Fifth out of the water was a former schoolgirl champion Catherine Fuller (Robinson and Fuller Homes) on 8 minutes 18 seconds showing that she is still very competitive.

After running up the Ollie Robbins boat ramp to the bike transition Chris Couper (Atlex Stockyards 1) rode with a finishing time of 29 minutes 48 seconds. The quickest rider of the day was the very experienced time trialler and ironman competitor Simon Friend (GB Friend’s) with a time of 27 minutes 12 seconds with only 8 seconds separating Matt Fuller (CBA Winners) and Scott Stevenson (Specialized Electrical 1) on 28:01 and 28:09 respectively. They were followed in by two other cycling specialists, Dave Gerrish (Specialized Electrical 3) on 29:05 and Mark Fuller (Robinson and Fuller Homes) with a time of 29:24.

Rounding out the final run leg, Jane Fardell (GB Friends) hit the front and was never headed. The current 4th ranked marathoner in Australia meant business finishing the run in 14 minutes 31 seconds from the fastest runner of the day, Len Darlington (Specialized Electrical 1) in 14:03. The third fastest runner was Murray Robertson (Atlex Stockyards) in 14:54.

So, after all three legs of the triathlon were completed, GB Friends were first in an overall time of 50 minutes 38 minutes followed by Specialized Electrical 1 in 51:26 and Atlex Sockyards 1 in 52:05. In total, nine teams finished the long course in less than hour for a high quality event.

The winner of the short course 550 metre swim, 9 km ride and 2 km run was the Atlex Stockyards 3 family team of Matthew Marks, Jody Marks and Joseph Marks followed by Divas in Distress with Megan Dixon, Paige Williams and Jodie Barber.

The top fundraisers were Stevensons Hydraulics with a narrow win over Bosweb Systems with both teams raising in excess of $2,300.

The platinum and naming rights sponsor EMS was proudly supported by three gold sponsors with Stevenson Hydraulics, Harvey Norman Electrical and Specialized Electrical and four silver sponsors, Christies Accountants and Advisors, MAAS Group, Atlex Stockyards and Bosweb Systems.

The EMS Tri for Charity team triathlon will become an annual event with a perpetual shield handed to the winners, GB Friends.

Download the team splits here: EMS Tri for Charity_Nov 22_Race Results

The next Dubbo Triathlon Club race is on December 7th in the afternoon and sponsored by St George Bank. Registrations will commence at 2.30pm at Ollie Robbins oval near the boat ramp.

For more information visit our Club Race page.