Joel Cook from Clarencetown skips ahead of the field on his way to winning the Woolgoolga triathlon.
Joel Cook from Clarencetown skips ahead of the field on his way to winning the Woolgoolga triathlon.

Cook bakes rivals



WHILE most of NSW was recovering from the Rugby League Grand Final night three young elite triathletes were battling out the major men's placings in the 2004 Bananacoast Credit Union Woolgoolga triathlon on Monday.

Joel Cook from Clarencetown, Dane Robinson from Lennox Head and Coffs Harbour's Matt Werrell started their day taking to the surf for the 800 metres ocean swim off Woolgoolga main beach.

No fewer than five swimmers emerged from the water under the ten minute mark with Dane Robinson leading three seconds up on another young gun Clayton Fettell.

Backing up from a dazzling victory only the day before at the Red Rock triathlon Matt Werrell posted the fastest 30kms bike split of the day which put him into the mix going into the challenging 8.1 kms run.

Although posting an honest 32.20 which saw him claim third, the fastest two run splits of the day carried Cook (29.02) and Robinson (29.32) to the top two positions on the podium.

The organisers were exceptionally pleased with the increased turn-out which almost doubled that of the previous years individuals with a marked jump in the number of team entries as well.

The winning team of Joseph Lampe/Greg Fettell/ Josh McHugh came from Lennox Head while the winning juniors, Matt Thompson/Chris Thompson/Mark Rogers, were from Gulmarrad, the winning mixed team(Bruce Breadner/Peter Davies/Linda Munn) and womens Over 40 outfit (LynFulton/Lyn Fulton/ Tina Thompson) from Emerald Beach and the winning open women's combination a real family affair, comprising Clelie, Julie and Sophie Day who travelled from Alstonville.

The event attracted triathletes and teams from the length and breadth of the North Coast with particularly big contingents from the Forster and Ballina Triathlon clubs providing keen competition right through the age divisions for the very strong Coffs Harbour club.

Age group winners from the Coffs Tri Club included the dynamic pocket rockets James Moncada and Ernie Sykes, Emma Moffatt's mum, Trish, and the ever-smiling Anne Grundy.

However, the effort of the over 65 year old Joan Wehrens of Woolgoolga provided inspiration for all those who were tempted to have a go but didn't, to line up for next year's edition.

Joan spent more time on the course than most but never looked like calling it a day.



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