Dickens writes winning storyline
COFFS Harbour Triathlon Club held its annual teams race on Sunday, known as the Foreshores Cafe event.
The race attracted 56 competitors who arrived early in the morning and were paired into teams of two based on individual handicaps.
Teams were then assigned an overall handicap and were sent from the start based on this rating, which was expertly worked out from the magic of Dave Leckenby's computer.
Each member of the team had to complete the three legs of the triathlon in a tag-team format, giving each person a rest between legs. Overall the team completed a shortened-format triathlon twice.
The swim on the day was 350 metres, the bike 15 kilometres and the run was four kilometres.
The race was held in good conditions on a fine day.
The heat was kept at bay by a southern wind flow which chopped up the water slightly and made for a bit of a slog on the bike.
The winning team on the day was the pairing of Guy Dickens and Greg Howarth, who finished five seconds ahead of the Ern Sykes and Steve Pittman team.
The final run leg saw Dickens and Sykes do battle with the lead changing a number of times, however, Dickens prevailed in the end with a good turn of speed. The third team home was the mother and daughter combination of Tina Sherrett and Annett Sherrett.
John Fuller and team-mate Caron Mackie would have fared much better had John paid more attention at the briefing and not decided to ride an extra couple of kilometres on the bike leg off the course.
Early leaders in the event Neil Charles and Greg Frank faded to finish seventh overall but looked unbeatable at one point.
The format of pairing faster and slower members of the club generated great excitement on the day with the lead constantly changing with the top teams only coming to the fore late in the race. The event was so popular that there are calls to hold another race of this format latter in the season.
At the conclusion of the event a Christmas barbecue was held and Santa provided presents and entertainment for the families and younger people of the club.
The club's next race is on January 8 and comprises a standard format of a 500-metre swim, 18-kilometre bike leg and a six-kilometre run. Details: Michael Dougherty, 6652 6388.