Triathlon record cops a pounding
By GREG WHITE
WHEN Forster triathlete Brett Lee took out the Red Rock-Corindi Surf Life Saving Club triathlon yesterday he didn't break the record.
He trashed it.
Lee lowered last year's record run by an astonishing six minutes and 46 seconds.
In perfect conditions, Lee's winning time of 51 minutes and 49 seconds was almost 10 minutes better than the leading women's competitor.
Jodie Dixon of Grafton headed the women's field with a time of one hour, one minute and 30 seconds.
Winning team was the "Walk on Water" duo comprising Glenn George (Emerald Beach) and Neil Charles (Coffs Harbour), also well under the previous record with a return of 53 minutes and 31 seconds.
A field of 52 starters took part in yesterday's event, with every competitor finishing.
"The Sydney grand final kept a few competitors away," surf club secretary Leane McLachlan said.
"But everything went smoothly and we've raised about $2,000 for the
surf club building fund."
Helping the cause was Bendigo Bank, who came to the party when the club was finding it hard attracting a major sponsor.
"They have paid for almost everything and the manager even turned up to cook on the barbecue," the grateful secretary mentioned.
"Because Red Rock is caught between two areas we tend to be forgotten when it comes to sponsorship.
"Maybe having Bendigo Bank on board will help change that."
Competitors taking part ranged from eight-year-old Jake Schumacher, of Forster, to Joan Wehrens, 66, of Woolgoolga.
"Thankfully, we didn't need the oxygen this time," Leane laughed.
Geoffrey Snodgrass of Corindi Beach may have considered reaching for the oxygen bottle as he bravely battled to the line.
The 'Team Muskateers' competitor was cheered on as the final finisher in a time of one hour, 41 min, 12 sec.
"That was fun," Geoffrey said,"but I don't want to do it again in a hurry."