Tim Kitching won the Coffs Harbour Triathlon Club race on Sunday.
Tim Kitching won the Coffs Harbour Triathlon Club race on Sunday.

Kitching first home

COFFS HARBOUR Triathlon Club held the Mike Blewitt Ford race on Sunday in near perfect conditions which attracted the largest field for this season.

A total of 61 competitors started on the day and were greeted by smooth water conditions and very little wind on the bike course.

Water temperature was just below the cut off for wetsuits so the race director allowed competitors to use the rubber however with the very pleasant water temperature most people opted for a non wetsuit swim.

The first person on handicap across the line was Aaron Newman followed home closely by Nathan Chiswell and Steve Pittman.

The first female home on handicap was Susan Cox.

Transitions went smoothly for most competitors apart from a slight case of alzheimers leading to Dennis Jeff forgetting his helmet for the bike leg however he had no problems second time around and exited the run course in style without the helmet.

The fastest on the day based on net times was Tim Kitching who is now returning to form after a slow start to the season and in doing so recorded the fastest run leg of the day, a blistering 22:23 and with an improved bike leg will be hard to beat in the seasons remaining races.

Second home was Chris Cherry who recorded the fastest ride split of the day while third home was Nick Butcher who had three consistent legs to edge out James Moncada who returned after a substantial lay off to be fourth just one second behind Butcher.

Other strong performances on the day were recorded by Glenn George-Radford who had the fastest swim split, Glen O'Grady, Craig Bullock and Darren Shaw.

The first female home on the day was Kate Marsden followed by Lyndal Green and long distance specialist Lyn Fulton was home in third place.

The club's next event is the popular sprint race which will be held from the jetty foreshores on February 5.

The race comprises a shortened course which is completed three times.

The distances for each leg is a 200 metre swim, a 10 kilometre bike and a 2 kilometre run.

The women in the club will be sent off on scratch with the men starting 10 minutes later.

Also next week February 12 will be held the half Ironman at Wooli which is a laid back affair.

On the weekend of February 18-19 many of the club will make the annual pilgramige to the South West Rocks triathlon held from Arakoon recreation reserve below the old jail.

This is a fantastic away event and should not be missed.

Any further enquiries regarding the club's racing can be made to Michael Dougherty on Ph 66 526388.

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