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.
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: http://emsgp.com.au/tri-for-charity
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.