Warm weather was predicted for the inaugural Lancelin Triathlon held on Sunday 19 February 2017 and participants were not disappointed. Ideal swimming conditions from 8am followed by a cycle and run into the wind gave participants from the Gingin Shire and North Coast Triathlon Club a challenging triathlon.
Competitors tackled two courses with the long version of 325m swim/16km cycle / 3km run and a short course of 125m swim/6km cycle /1.5km run. Competitor Daryl du Plessis was impressed with the first-time event, “The heat on the day made the run particularly difficult but it was worth it in the end. It was a great day and I look forward to competing next year.” Team LLFC Reserves (Hayden O’Neil: Swim, Casey Howe: Cycle and Josh Jerinovich: run), crossed the line first in the short course with an impressive time of 26:38 followed by Michael ‘Pickle’ Armitage in the short course open category in 28:28, Simone McLean 30:58 and Peter Grove in 32:13. The long course was hotly contested between masters winner, David Hudson finishing in a time of 51:34 followed by Josh Adams in the open category in 52:15. Team D/L (Stephen Fidge: Swim, Michelle Kennedy: cycle and Brett Yewers: run) was the first team to cross the line in the long course in a time of 1:03:17 followed by Runaway Mums in second place.
The hard work and training by the triathletes made their families and friends proud as they crossed the finish line on Sunday for what was a great event for all who participated and competed. The Shire of Gingin will host the Gingin Triathlon on Sunday 12 March 2017 at the Gingin Aquatic Swimming Pool. Registrations are still open http://www.gingin.wa.gov.au/events-calendar/Mar-2017 for the Bendigo Bank Long Course (325m swim / 12km cycle /3km run) and the Slater-Gartrell Short Course (125m swim / 6km cycle / 1.5km run) individual or team.