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.