Congratulations to all the participants in last weekend’s Breakfree Rainbow Beach Double Triathlon.
Organiser Phil Hungerford said, “Competitors said it was one of the most enjoyable triathlons in Queensland, with a relaxed feel and very welcoming local community. The Surf Club, Hotel and Sports Club all enjoyed patronage from the competitors each night with filled tables at each.”
Registrations for 2013 were up from last year, with twice as many entrants in the Double event.
“Most athletes stayed 2 nights in Rainbow Beach, with many staying Sunday night and enjoying a long weekend. 31 entrants came from the Hervey Bay region, and 21 from Bundaberg area.”
Post-race comments from Facebook were very positive, saying teams will be back next year with even more members.
Organisers thanked the Rainbow Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, SES Rainbow Beach, Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay and Gympie Police for all the support given to the event and to Dee and Andy from Cooloola Coast Realty for sponsoring the primes.
Locals certainly got behind the event helping at drink stations, ensuring safety during the ocean swim and barracking from the sidelines.
There was fierce competition in the interclub challenge – Hervey Bay Triathlon Club fielded athletes in many of the age groups to defeat Bundaberg Awesome Triathletes (BATs).
Well done to everyone who competed, especially first timers and children. Both days were added together for the following results and athletes must have completed BOTH days to be eligible.
1. Nicholas Hull – 1.48.30
2. Peter Court 1.51.53
3. Michael Hooper 1.51.5
- Sarah Lester – 2.04.11
- Laurelle Brown – 2.14.11
- Natalie Kerr – 2.16.27
Primes (fastest times)
Swim – male: Peter Court – 9.31 Day 1, 9.38 Day 2
Bike – male: Nicholas Hull – 27.28 Day 1, 27.33 Day 2
Run – male: Nicholas Hull – 16.34 Day 1, 16.59 Day 2
Swim – female: Sarah Lester – 11.37 Day 1, 11.34 Day 2
Bike – female: Sarah Lester – 32.52 Day 1, 30.53 Day 2
Run – female: Sarah Lester – 18.31 Day 1, 18.48 Day 2
Phil commented, “The most inspiring athlete of the weekend was undoubtedly Team Gemm from Hervey Bay. Racing in their Team Gemm purple outfits, Mum Sam completed the swim leg, Dad Phil rode with Gemma in their specially made cycle and then jointly pushed Gemma in her racing wheelchair over the run course. Gemma, who has Cerebral Palsy, loves getting involved in triathlon events and is an inspiration for all.”
For a photo of Gemma is above, there are lots more photos of other competitors and spectators visit: https://www.facebook.com/RainbowBeachCommunityNews and see the entire results online at www.rainbowbeachtriathlon.com.au