Triathletes take off as summer looms

TRIATHLON is booming in Coffs Harbour and with summer looming, it will only get bigger.

More than 100 competitors faced the start line for this week's Sponsors Teams race conducted by the Coffs Harbour Triathlon Club, a sign of the rapid growth in the sport.

With 73 starters in the longer 750m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run course, the racing at the front was hotly contested with seven teams from club sponsors leading the way.

First across the line was the combination from Dr Lerm's Surgery in Woolgoolga, made up of Aaron Newman, Nathan Chiswell and Craig Scott, in a slick time of just over 61 minutes.

Just behind was the Bob Wallis Cycles' team to claim the honour of being the quickest group comprised solely of employees from the sponsor.

Defending title-holders Coffs Harbour Cardiology finished in third position, narrowly edging out Coffs Harbour Olympic Pool.

With Beaumonde Design Kitchens and Quality Accounting also entering teams, the event was again a great opportunity to get sponsors and club members together for racing and then breakfast.

Of the individual competitors, Eddie Harrod proved the quickest on the day, just in front of Michael Dougherty and David Leckenby.

Sherry Coons led the women's field home from the fast-improving Nicola Bird and Michelle Randall.

The shorter event held in conjunction was taken out by Tony Abbots from Guy Leckenby and Aaron Stubbs.

Coffs Harbour Triathlon Club's next scheduled race is on November 30 and will begin from the grassed area in front of the Yacht Club at 6.30am.

Following that event, the judging of the best effort for Movember will take place with more than 20 club members participating and raising funds for prostate cancer and depression research.

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