Long trip success

Off and racing: Triathletes are about ot hit the water at the start of the Triathlon NSW Club Championships.
Off and racing: Triathletes are about ot hit the water at the start of the Triathlon NSW Club Championships. Chris Rasborsek

THE Coffs Harbour Triathlon Club has once again proven that they’re one of the best performing clubs in the state.

The proof came on Saturday when the Tri Club competed in the Triathlon NSW Club Championships in Port Stephens on Saturday where they finished a close second behind arch rivals Central Coast in the battle for the Country Club Champions trophy in a closely fought contest.

Coffs Harbour finished a commendable seventh overall at Port Stephens out of a total of 25 clubs.

A strong contingent of 78 Coffs Harbour triathletes competed at the Championships and several of them achieved excellent results.

Lyn Fulton won her age group with Melissa Bulloch finishing runner-up in her division.

Other notable finishers were Nicola Bird, Anne Grundy, Richard Pearson and Rod Jozeps who each finished fourth in their respective age groups.

Other Coffs members to record a top 10 finish were Breanna Jozeps, Denis Jeff, Wendy Maley, Aaron Newman, Martin Cahill and Ken Crabb.

Saturday was the final race of the season for most club members with the local triathlon races wrapping up the previous weekend. The season was a huge success for the club with the most number of members since its inception in the mid-1980s.

The final club race which was held on Anzac Day commenced with the sounding of the Last Post, recital of the Ode of Remembrance and observation of one-minute silence by club members on the Jetty Beach.

An inspired Aaron Newman flew around the swim and bike course to set up a commanding win from James Moncada who is returning to full fitness with Rod Jozeps again imposing himself on the bike course to be third fastest on the day.

An ultra-competitive ladies field saw some sensational times with only one second separating Sarah Brazenor and Lyndal Green. Kath Porter looked in control throughout to take third position.

The triathlon racing season may have officially ended but that won’t stop some of the truly dedicated members of the Coffs Tri Club.

While many members will take a break from racing and training during the colder winter months some will continue to compete in local running and cycling events in preparation for next season.