Cherry wins first race for new year



THE Coffs Harbour Triathlon Club held its first race for the calendar year, the Sportsco race which comprised the standard club distance.

The race was held in overcast conditions which threatened rain all morning but fortunately for competitors the rain held off for the morning although on the bike leg the bitumen was wet and care was required to negotiate any turns.

The race on handicap was taken out by Chris Cherry who recorded an excellent bike split being the second fastest on the day.

Second home was the ever improving Bev Lerm who was also the first female home.

Third home was Darren Shaw with a good run split to finish the race.

The conditions on the day were challenging from the start with a large swell at the jetty making it tough going for those not so strong in the swim leg.

The water was 23.5 which allowed for wetsuits and this fact was well received by some competitors.

As well as the swell competitors had to contend with some chop and a small rip.

The bike leg also brought a number of racers to a standstill when an unexpected goods train closed the level crossing for a couple of minutes and resulted in about 12 people being unfortunately disadvantaged.

Many who were held up, however, did not necessarily see the delay as a bad thing and enjoyed the rest which allowed for a fresh start on the run.

The fastest time on the day was recorded by Leighton Rogan who may have even gone under the 60-minute barrier had it not been for the hold up at the level crossing.

Rogan recorded both the fastest run and ride splits on the day and beat home Jayoslav Brynda a semi pro visiting athlete from Europe.

Brynda who was only seven seconds behind but recorded the fastest swim of the day was well ahead of third fastest on the day, Chris Cherry, who has seen some large improvements.

Special mention should go to Angelic Mayson who battled the swim leg to overcome some initial fears.

It was also good to see five new members complete the course for the first time and put in some good performances especially Marin Richards and Tim Capes.

Phil Benoit recorded an excellent run split and Yukka Ylinen had a very strong bike leg on a day which saw numbers a little down for this season due in part to slightly unfavourable conditions.

The club's next race is on January 22 and will comprise the standard distance format of a 500-metre swim, 18-kilometre ride and a six-kilometre run.

Any inquiries can be directed to Michael Dougherty on phone number 6652 6388.

Leighton Rogan: 1 61:43 (overall), 7 08:31 (swim), 1 29:28 (cycle), 1 23:44 (run).

Jayoslav Brynda: 2 61:50, 1 07:24, 3 29:47, 2 24:39.

Chris Cherry: 3 64:28, 8 08:33, 2 29:47, 5 26:08.

Tim Kitching: 4 65:41, 5 08:14, 9 32:29, 3 24:58.

Joe Wilbers: 5 67:49, 4 07:57, 19 34:08, 4 25:44.

Michael Dougherty: 6 67:57, 2 07:30, 18 33:37, 7 26:50.

Neil Charles: 7 67:58, 3 07:35, 16 33:26, 9 26:57.

David Leckenby: 8 70:14, 14 09:40, 8 32:22, 15 28:12.

John Fuller: 9 70:26, 23 11:05, 6 32:14, 10 27:07.

Darren Shaw: 10 70:56, 24 11:08, 12 32:55, 8 26:53.

Glenn George: 11 70:59, 6 08:23, 22 34:41, 13 27:55.

Nick Butcher: 12 71:57, 10 08:42, 17 33:30, 20 29:45.

Ken Crabb: 13 71:58, 25 11:10, 5 31:32, 18 29:16.

Martin Richards: 14 72:16, 13 09:29, 23 34:53, 12 27:54.

Phil Benoit: 15 72:28, 32 11:39, 21 34:36, 6 26:13.

Lloyd Mayson: 16 72:54, 15 09:43, 15 33:26, 21 29:45.

Tom Richter: 17 73:48, 16 09:49, 14 33:24, 22 30:35.

Trevor Jones: 18 74:38, 17 10:34, 7 32:19, 25 31:45.

Tim Capes: 19 75:21, 30 11:29, 20 34:31, 19 29:21.

Andrew Ellem: 20 76:03, 20 10:41, 13 33:21, 26 32:01.

Jukka Ylinen: 21 76:56, 21 10:53, 4 29:54, 34 36:09.

Tom Maley: 22 77:08, 11 09:18, 32 39:46, 14 28:04.

Tim Cotsell: 23 78:07, 9 08:39, 26 35:43, 31 33:45.

Peter Hunter: 24 78:16, 35 13:47, 25 35:35, 17 28:54.

Paul Golding: 25 78:36, 18 10:38, 11 32:55, 33 35:03.

Jaye Gilchrist: 26 78:38, 28 11:23, 24 35:00, 28 32:15.

Gregory Howarth: 27 79:00, 31 11:34, 10 32:52, 32 34:34.

Bev Lerm: 28 79:40, 26 11:11, 27 36:16, 27 32:13.

Trish Moffatt: 29 80:49, 19 10:39, 33 41:42, 16 28:28.

Rod Wilbers: 30 81:24, 29 11:26, 31 38:51, 23 31:07.

Robert Wright: 31 82:32, 22 10:57, 30 38:22, 29 33:13.

Peter Kent: 32 84:09, 34 12:56, 28 37:36, 30 33:37.

Craig Bulloch: 33 87:49, 12 09:20, 37 51:11, 11 27:18.

Tim Seager: 34 91:06, 27 11:20, 36 48:08, 24 31:38.

Angelic Mayson: 35 93:42, 36 14:06, 29 37:46, 37 41:50.

Guy Sanson: 36 93:51, 33 12:44, 35 43:50, 35 37:17.

Jennifer Williams: 37 98:18, 37 15:02, 34 42:31, 36 40:45.

Lisa Holley: 68:51, 11:35, 35:24, 21:52.

Aaron Newman: 68:29, 11:25, 41:12, 15:52.

Brennan McCann: 67:35, 08:11, 28:41, 30:43.



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