Coffs wins country title



TRIATHLON NSW received a record 917 entries for the 2005 club championships held at Nelson Bay.

Thirty one clubs competed with 870 athletes completing the course.

The BRAT Club from the eastern suburbs of Sydney and Coffs Harbour Triathlon Club rose to meet the oppressive conditions on Saturday to take home the NSW Club Championships for 2005.

For the city clubs the BRATS took their second title, relegating the 2004 winners, Warringah, to runners-up.

Cronulla finished next ahead of Balmoral.

Coffs Harbour finished fifth outright with outstanding results across most age groups and the first country club for the fourth time.

Coffs Tri Club notched up backto-back victories ahead of a valiant effort by the Tomaree Tri Club.

Hosting the new home for Ironman Australia, Port Macquarie Tri Club also had a large number of members racing on Saturday and scored enough points to finish third in the country clubs category.

The race was held over the 'club' triathlon distance consisting of a 1000m swim, 30km cycle and an 8km run.

With a strong effort from every club member racing to earn valuable points towards the title there were many stand-out performances.

Matt Werrell finished ninth overall (1.24.40hrs) with Kate Marsden, Anne Grundy and Lyn Fulton all coming second in their age groups. Trish Moffat followed Lyn in for a third in their category and Jeff Porter was the first swimmer out of the water in his group to finish fourth in the men's 50-54 years.

Other times include Michael Dougherty's 14.46min swim in very stormy conditions and Leighton Rogan finishing the season with a 28.49min 8km run.

The Coffs Harbour Triathlon Club will hold its annual awards dinner on Saturday, May 28.



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