TriWanaka’s first race of its second series was held last Friday, with locals and holiday-makers getting together for the fun community event.
Designed for all levels and ages, the series, which runs every Friday for the next four weeks, aims to encourage anyone new to triathlon to give it a go, as well as inviting everyone from social athletes to the elite to participate.
Olympic and Commonwealth Games triathlete Tony Dodds joined in the action on Friday, January 11, entering the 800m swim and 3km run long individual event. He was placed first in a time of 26.03, with local athlete Mark Cockcroft just over two minutes behind him in second place and Adam Sharman in third.
Manye Sabharwal won the women’s long course event in a time of 35.32, with local Hannah Boaler in second, followed by Samara Fox in third.
In the 400m swim/2km run short event, Gary Tweedie won the adult category, closely followed by Jack Sandford in the under-16 category, and Hugo Sinclair, who swam 400m and ran 3km, was third.
“The junior race was really eventful with some very last minute additions joining in, literally as the gun went off,” TriWanaka spokesperson Amanda Inkster said.
“Five-year-olds Boh Fairmaid and Bella Currie, stole the show when they launched into a shorter swim and did half the run course, just for fun, giggling all the way.”
In the main event - a 200m swim and 1km run - Sybella Pepper won the tight girls’ race in a time of 11.17, Fleur Jansen was second in 11.18, and Olive Sinclair was third in 11.20. In the boys’ race, Fletcher Davison raced into first place in a time of 9.42, with Saxon Pepper placing second and Matt Sandford placing third.
The next race in the series starts at 5.30pm, tomorrow (Friday, January 18), at the western end of Roys Bay. Participants can register online before 2pm on race day, and late registrations will be available before the races at event headquarters at the Roys Bay swim area from 4.45pm.