Mudgee InterClub – Race Report

Nine Dubbo Triathlon Club members traveled to Mudgee Triathlon Club‘s InterClub event today.

Scott Stevenson on the run at Mudgee
Scott Stevenson on the run at Mudgee

 

In perfect conditions and with the introduction of a brand new 18km one lap bike course, Scott Stevenson continued his recent excellent form finishing fourth overall, behind the Mudgee winner Matt Webster, in his final preparation to Ironman Melbourne event next Sunday.

 

Second home from Dubbo was Ed Druitt who was rewarded for his hard training program recently. Ed has been the big improver since Christmas becoming much quicker on the bike and run to add to his natural swimming talent.

Tim Hines, a very strong cyclist, was a close third and had a fast first 2km run leg before his 250 metre swim. He transitioned again onto the bike before another 150 metre swim and finished with another 2km run.

Luke McConachie has recovered exceptionally well from six months of hamstring issues to have strong bike and run legs and finish ahead of the super fast runner, Len Darlington. Darlington had a very quick first run leg but was overtaken by a few in the swim however every event he improves and has enormous potential.

Veteran Dubbo triathlete, Rob Duffy, had a very consistent event and was able to stay very competitive as was rookie triathlete Brent McLeish in only his second InterClub triathlon.

McLeish one of three Dunedoo based triathletes who competed today as a Dubbo member and continues to enjoy his improvements along with Isabelle Mathews who although feeling less than 100% and doing an extra one kilometre in the last run was a testament to true grit. She was also rewarded by finishing third in the Under 20 age group for the InterClub series.

Tracey Mathews finished in the place getters in her age group and showed her strength in both the bike and on the run. In only her second season doing triathlon, Mathews has been a great example of what anybody can do. With limited training, but having a big heart, she met the finishing line before many half her age.

In the Age group categories for the series, although not competing today, both Peter Brown and Ruby Kwong both came third in their respective age groups.

Jess Richards from Orange Piranhas Triathlon Club was the overall female winner at Mudgee leading home Estelle Dean.

The full race results are available on Mudgee Triathlon Club’s website.

The overall winner of the InterClub shield was Mudgee who regained the shield after a six year reign from Orange. Under a revised points scoring system based on Club membership numbers being weighted this season in addition to InterClub results, Mudgee finished in front of Orange with 1804 and 1254 respectively with Bathurst Wallabies Triathlon Club and Cowra Triathlon Club neck and neck with 858 and 817 and finally Dubbo with 651 points.

The next local event will be the Dubbo Triathlon Club’s final race of the season at Dubbo on Sunday 29th March and will incorporate a junior duathlon.  Registration commencing at 7:15am at Ollie Robbins Oval on Bligh Street.