Pellow continues great results

Dubbo professional triathlete Matt Pellow has continued his early season form at the half ironman event at Penrith on Sunday finishing sixth in a strong field.

The Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney was at it’s predictable extreme weather conditions – radiantly hot and humid. With very little shade or protection, Pellow finished early enough to beat the heat in a total time of 4 hours two minutes exactly.

Pellow lost some contact with the lead swimmer as the leading group of professionals created a single file and came out in the second group at the Sydney International Regatta Centre about a minute behind the leader on 25 minutes 37 seconds for the 1900 metre swim.

Matt Pellow averaged almost 42km/hr for the 90km big leg on Sunday
Matt Pellow averaged almost 42km/hr for the 90km big leg on Sunday

In one of Pellow’s strongest ever rides over the 90 kilometre bike leg averaging almost 42 km/hr in 2 hours nine minutes before commencing the half marathon run of 21 kilometres with tight hamstrings. This recurring injury has hampered Pellow’s normally strongest leg since the initial injury in January this year in Auckland. He finished the run in 1 hour 25 minutes.


Five fellow Dubbo Triathletes also completed with all starting later than the professionals where the radiant temperatures from the bitumen surface took their toll in association with the humidity.

The water temperature was above the 24C level so wetsuits were not allowed to assist with buoyancy. Gary Barber was the quickest swimmer amongst the Dubbo age groupers in 37 minutes followed by Nick Wilson on 40 minutes two minutes in front of Lachlan Roach who was a further one minute in front of Andrew Stanley. Damien Kelly finished his swim in 49 minutes.

Barber fired on the bike in a personal best time for the distance in 2 hours 34 minutes, two minutes in front of Roach. Stanley finished in 2 hours 52 minutes. Kelly finished the bike in 3 hours 8 minutes, eight minutes in front of Wilson.

The normally quick runners were all hampered by the hot weather conditions with four showers installed by organisers to help reduce the effects of high core body temperatures. Competitors were melting like caramellos and cramping was occurring everywhere. It was a war of attrition.

Roach was the quickest of the age groupers in a little over two hours to finish in 5 hours 32 minutes, ten minutes clear of Stanley who had an extraordinary race also winning the Dubbo Triathlon Club internal handicap award.

Barber was not suited to the run conditions and finished the event in 6 hours 10 minutes 24 minutes in front of Kelly who was just happy to cross the line to collect yet another finishers medal in a decorated career. Wilson had to withdraw after the bike leg with a hamstring strain.

The next Dubbo race of the Dubbo Triathlon Club will be on Sunday 7th December with registrations opening at 2:30pm at Ollie Robbins Oval.

Further information on our Club Races page.


Dubbo Competes at Orange InterClub

At Lake Canobolas prior to swim start: David Gerrish, Murray Robertson, Ruby Kwong, Cameron Coggan, Heather Ticehurst, Michael Ticehurst and Evan Goodstat.
At Lake Canobolas prior to swim start: David Gerrish, Murray Robertson, Ruby Kwong, Cameron Coggan, Heather Ticehurst, Michael Ticehurst and Evan Goodstat.


Ten brave people from Dubbo raced at the Orange InterClub on Sunday 23rd October backing up from also competing in testing conditions at the inaugural EMS Tri for Charity team triathlon on Saturday 22nd October.

There was a huge roll up from host club Orange Piranhas for the first race of the 2014/15 Central West InterClub series. Orange totally dominated results with at least 200 competitors, including juniors, out of the 280 or so in total competing.


Murray Robertson representing Dubbo again had a superb swim finishing second after finishing first the day before in Dubbo. Robertson was fourth overall in one hour, one minute eleven seconds

Mick Ticehurst, a bike specialist blitzed the one thousand pot holes for a gutsy fifth overall thirteen seconds behind Robertson.

Evan Goodstat was in the mix on the bike in very competitive race to finish twelfth overall two minutes eighteen seconds behind Ticehurst.

Dave Gerrish chimed in a further seven minutes back having a strong bike leg.

Ultramarathoner, Cameron Coggan, more used to twelve hour races finished eleven minutes behind Goodstat and two minutes in front of Heath Webb.

Heather Ticehurst backed up from yesterday to come fourth in her age group ahead of cyclist Andrew Lavelle and Ruby Kwong who was second in her age group and Rob Wilton.

Provisional points for InterClub after Round one are:

Orange 385, Mudgee 102, Bathurst 71, Dubbo 53 and Cowra 27.

The detailed pointscore is available here: 14-15_InterClub Pointscore_Race 1

All ten Dubbo competitors now become eligible for our Dubbo Triathlon Club championship trophies at the end of the season as a requisite under our 2014/15 point scoring system where all members must travel away from Dubbo and compete in at least one InterClub event this season.

The next InterClub is in Bathurst on Sunday 14th December followed by Cowra in January, Dubbo in February and the final event in Mudgee in March.  Find out more on the InterClub page of our website.

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.

Race 2 – Report and Results

Race Report: Club President, Ian Crafter

Ruby Kwong, in only her second triathlon, has won the Dubbo Triathlon Club Race Two Sprint distance handicap event after being briefly delayed along with 36 other brave triathletes as the light drizzle lifted on Sunday morning.

Ruby Kwong looking far too comfortable in the run leg

On a new bike, Kwong the ultra marathoner, has been a shining example of the many new members to the club who have one strong discipline but are willing to try two other events and combine it into triathlon.

Kwong moved to Dubbo only on the October long weekend and has joined in most of the training sessions for morning shop bike rides on Monday, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays, river swims on Wednesday and Friday afternoons, plus the runs on Tuesday and Thursday mornings plus a jog on Sunday’s.

Ever young David Little was second in the handicap and said after finishing it was the best he had competed in 4-5 years after numerous knee operations. Little has continued regular cycling and swimming, during his absence from running, producing his trademark high cadence and overtook many younger people on the 4 km run to the finish line.

In the short course, also in only his second triathlon, dynamic youngster Lachlan Sinclair produced the second quickest swim time of the day in 8:03 mins to back it up with a strong bike and run to finish in 41:04 mins.

Second and third in the short course were mother and daughter Catherine and Haylee Fuller. Both are very accomplished cyclists while Catherine shadowed Haylee in her first competitive river swim before pulling away on the 9km bike however the younger Haylee clawed back time on the 2 km run to finish only 73 secs behind.

In the Sprint distance the quickest competitor on the day was Craig May 54:52 mins.

The most successful family were the ever consistent Marks family from Warren. Mum, Jody, and her two sons Matthew and Joseph and daughter, Courtney, all completing in the short course in quick times.

The play of the day, in her very first triathlon, was experienced soccer player Karen Parkinson who started off in the short course distance but at the 4.5 km bike turnaround thought she was going so well she kept going to the 9km sprint distance turnaround and instead of doing the short course run of 2 km did the full 4km in her maiden race.

See the full results from Sunday’s race: Race 2_16 November 2014_Race Results

Members travelled from Warren, Dunedoo, Narromine and surrounding areas.

The next event is the EMS Tri for Charity this Saturday, November 22, with well over 100 competitors expected to team up in what will be a spectacular fundraising event for the Make a Wish Foundation. Star FM will commence broadcasting live on the day from 10:00am with the race starting at noon. It will attract some of the region’s best triathletes and will see the existing team race record broken by multiple teams.  To register a team go to:

On Sunday, November 23, a large Dubbo contingent is expected to travel to the first Interclub meet of the season in Orange at Lake Canobolas with registrations opening from 8.30am.

Family Profile: The Barbers

Jodie, Gary, Danny and Olivia Barber

The Barber Family being presented with the 2013-14 Most Successful Triathlon Family with Dubbo Triathlon Club Life Members Peter Christie and Jeff Sargent
The Barber Family being presented with the 2013-14 Most Successful Triathlon Family with Dubbo Triathlon Club Life Members Peter Christie and Jeff Sargent

Occupations: Gary – Inspector NSW Fire and Rescue Duty Commander, Jodie – Music Teacher, Olivia – Year 8 Student, Daniel – Year 6 Student

Years in Triathlon: 2

Interests other than triathlon: Track Cycling, river swimming, drama, music. Mud runs. Making dads life difficult. Trying to be like Len.

Pet hate: completing profiles, and cats.

Favourite food: anything that contains chocolate

Greatest moment in triathlon: finishing!!!!! Seriously though – completing the first ever tri after years of non-activity. Gary 2013-14 Most Improved Male Triathlete, Family – 2013-14 Most Successful Triathlon Family

Describe yourself in three words: Have a go

Favourite band/music: John Mellancamp, Billy Joel, Taylor Swift, George Ezra. (Can you match singer to family member)

Favourite leg in triathlon: Jodie run, Gary cycle, Danny run, Olivia ice cream.

Do you have any big races coming up: EMS Tri for Charity!, local Sunday morning tri’s, Western Sydney Half Iron Man (Gary)


Club Race 2 – Sunday 16 Nov

The second race of the Dubbo Triathlon Club 2014/15 race season is on this Sunday!

• Catering for all abilities
• Team entries most welcome
• Great prizes and lucky draws at each race

All races begin at Ollie Robbins Oval (near corner of Bligh + Church Streets Dubbo) with registration and race briefing compulsory for all competitors.

REGISTRATION: 7:00 am to 7:45 am


RACE START: 8:00 am
Short Course: 500m Swim | 9km Ride | 2km Run
Long Course: 500m Swim | 18km Ride | 4km Run
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DTC_Course Map_Sprint Bike
DTC_Course Map_Sprint Run

Dubbo Triathlon Club members race FREE!

If you are unsure about our membership registration process we will have a computer available at the race and a committee member can walk you through it.

Non members:

  • Adults – $10 per leg or $25 for full triathlon
  • Juniors – $10

If you would like to assist the club by marshaling on the day please get in touch with Scott Stevenson on 0432 510 588.


Tri for Charity – 22 November

The EMS Group – Tri for Charity is an event for teams of 3 to take part in a short triathlon to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation.


The event is designed to raise awareness for Make a Wish Australia, promote community involvement for local businesses and foster team environments within those businesses. 100% of net proceeds from the event will be donated to Make a Wish Australia.


Businesses are encouraged to enter mixed teams and bring along family & friends to support them on the day!

The team event consists of a 500m swim, 18km ride and 4km run.

Star FM will be broadcasting live on the day from 10am and the Triathlon kicks off with the 500 Swim at 12 Midday.

Get in early for a warm up with Anytime Fitness Dubbo & KrugerFit @ 1130am!

There will be a BBQ for lunch and a jumping castle and games for the kids.

To find out more, register a team, and offer your support go to:

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Race 1 – Report and Results

Race Report: Club President, Ian Crafter

Experienced, elite Dubbo triathlete, Scott Stevenson, never gave anybody a look in during Race One of the Dubbo Triathlon  Club summer series on Sunday.

Stevenson showed how important the swim was by coming out of the water in 7:36 minutes over 550 metres, 27 seconds ahead of Walgett competitor Eli Beach. The first female up the bank of the Macquarie River was local veteran Lisa Tratt in 9:12 minutes followed by Gunnedah competitor Cath Murray 23 seconds in arrears. The juniors saw rookie 12 year old Lachlan Sinclair come out in 8:49 minutes showing his swimming background to run up the bank in front of Matthew Marks from Warren swimming with a broken thumb in a cast by 40 seconds behind.

In warm conditions all thirty six competitors headed along Bligh Street and along Macquarie St and Old Dubbo Rd for an 18km circuit for seniors and a 9km circuit for juniors short course.

In the bike leg Stevenson held his lead with fastest split of 37:30 minutes to come into the second transition 43 seconds quicker than Beach with 2013/14 champion, Evan Goodstat 26 seconds further back. In the female, Murray showed her experience and fitness at the start of the season finishing quickest in 44:10 from local medico Heather Ticehurst 27 seconds, and Tratt another 1:44 behind. In the juniors Narromine’s Jacob Smyth in his second season was quickest in 40:04 2:12 minutes in front of Sinclair and Daniel Barber another 4:41 minutes further back.

Running along the Macquarie River towards Sandy Beach from Ollie Robbins oval in two 2km loops Sydney competitor, Derek Mulhearn, representing Balmoral Tri Club scorched the track in 13:12 minutes in one of the quickest times ever recorded, 38 seconds in front of Stevenson with consistent Goodstat 37 seconds further back. In the female division, Murray continued her dominance with the fastest run time of 15:23 minutes, 1:15 minutes  in front of local school teacher Rebecca May and Tratt a further 1:35 minutes in arrears. In the juniors 2 km run, Smyth finished strongly in 8:46 minutes with just 2  seconds separating Sinclair and Barber 40 seconds behind Smyth.

Overall the final placegetters were Stevenson first in 51:20 minutes followed by Beach 1:24 minutes and another 22 seconds to Goodstat.

In the female division Murray was rewarded for her drive over from Gunnedah winning in 59.33 minutes 5:01minutes in front of Tratt and another 1:14 minutes to Ticehurst.

The juniors resulted in Smyth running away with a time of 40:04 minutes from newcomer Sinclair 2:12 minutes and another 41 seconds to Barber.

The weather and atmosphere was warm on the banks of the Macquarie River with competitors coming from Sydney, Walgett, Gunnedah, Coonabarabran, Warren, Narromine and a large contingent of local Dubbo competitors.

Club Secretary and time keeper for the day, Susan Madden, said “the Dubbo Triathlon Club is shaping up for a great season with so many new members all giving it their best. There was one team and another competitor used flippers to assist in the river. It is all about fun and having a go.”

“With the Club finalising plans to put additional steps into the river for safety and shorter swim legs, we expect more competitors to compete” Madden added.

The next local Dubbo triathlon is a handicap event at 7.15am on November 16th followed by the EMS Tri for Charity on Saturday 22nd November and Orange InterClub the following day.

Race 1_26 October 2014_Race Results

Susan Madden, Tim Hines, Dave Gerrish, winner Scott Stevenson, Derek Mulhearn, Andrew Dind, Ruby Kwong and veteran Dave Little.
Susan Madden, Tim Hines, Dave Gerrish, winner Scott Stevenson, Derek Mulhearn, Andrew Dind, Ruby Kwong and veteran Dave Little.

Club race – Sunday 26 October

The first club race of the Dubbo Triahlon Club for the season is happening on Sunday 26 October.

Before we get to the race.. Have you become a member of the Dubbo Triathlon Club yet? If you haven’t then you can register online at Adult memberships are $120 which entitles to many benefits, including to race for free at all local club races.

Only people registered with the club before the race starts will be able to have their points from this race count towards their season point score, which decides among other things season awards such as club champions. Points will not be counted retroactively either so if you join in time for the November race your points from October still won’t count! Information on how points are awarded is available on our race page.

If you are unsure about the registration process we will have a computer available before the race and a committee member can walk you through it. You can also check out our membership page for more information.

Not sure if Triathlon is for you? You can still race three times as a trial. This will cost $25 per adult and $10 per child. Once you have caught the bug you will have register.


  • 7:15am registration opens
  • 7:45am compulsory race brief (make sure you have registered before then)
  • 8am race start
  • This race will be a mass start – your times from this race will be used to allocate handicaps for the next race
  • Teams are welcome (cost $25)
  • Two distances will be available on the day:
    • 500m swim, 9km ride, 2km run
    • 500m swim, 18km ride, 4km run
  • Bring your wallet – there will be light refreshments available after the race with all money going back into running the club

If you would like to assist the club by marshalling on the day please get in touch with Scott Stevenson on 0432 510 588.

Michael Martin Team Challenge – Race Report & Results

Dubbo Triathlon Club held one of its largest local events ever on Sunday 12th October with their first event of the season, the Michael Martin Team Charity Challenge.

Twenty five teams of three competed with the first member doing the 500m swim, the second doing an 18km bike ride, and a third member running 4km toward the finish line.

The format for this Charity Day was a “no watch” event so each team nominated a finish time and the closest team to finish to their nominated time was the winner.

14_DTC_Photo_Michael Martin_WinnersIn a shock result two teams’ dead heated for first both being only 12 seconds off their nominated time.

Club Secretary, Susan Madden, and fellow members of team Hurting Peta Holcombe and Edwina Toohey tied with the Mad Dog’s Luke McConochie, Heath Webb, and Nick Beattie (pictured).


Many of the 75 competitors were new and enjoyed the relaxed, fun atmosphere.

The Charity Day is in memory of former Club member, Michael Martin, and raised approximately $750 for the NSW Cancer Council.

Thank you to all participants, marshals and volunteers who made the day a success.

The full results from the day are available below:

Michael Martin Team Challenge_October 12 2014_Race Results

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