Airlie Beach Triathlon Race Report - 3 September 2017

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On Sunday 3rd of September the Tri-ActiV8 tribe headed north to one of our favourite races - the Colorbond Airlie Beach Triathlon. With the lagoon officially re-opened, Airlie was ready to put on a show for our athletes with near perfect racing conditions. We had a 20+ strong team of athletes from the tribe who made the trek to Airlie Beach and none left disappointed. 

There was a mix of 1st timers and old hats (experienced some would say) that took part on Sunday. With team spirit running high and a fantastic support crew our athletes were able to achieve their goals they had set for themselves. Read on for a re-cap of our weekend. 

Sprint Distance

Jamie Bornman – 1:20:59 – 2nd 14-19 ~ Nikki Giles – 1:20:54 – 2nd 40-49 ~ Megan Moa – 1:21:11 – 1st 50-59 ~ Chris Webb – 1:31:40 – 2nd 50-59 ~ Ulrika Widdowson – 1:45:08 – 3rd 50-59 - 1st sprint distance tri ~ Jody Walker – 1:33:09 – 10minute PB ~ Melissa Harris – 1:33:41~ Kristen Pinnington – 1:28:24 ~ Leanne Franklin – 1:57:10 ~ Carissa Mansfield – 1:49:21 ~ Bron Hartigan – 1:45:08 ~ Pam Houston – 1:41:14 ~ Natina Townley - 1:40:25 ~ Michael Kynaston – 1:19:43 – 1st 20-29 – 1st sprint distance tri ~ Dwayne German – 1:18:45 ~ Calvin Franklin – 1:13:23 ~ Adam Walker – 1:21:49 ~ Ken Furdek – 1:33:09 – 1st sprint distance

We had 18 athletes competing in the sprint distance, with strong performances across the field. 6 of our athletes stood atop the podium with Michael Kynaston and Ulrika Widdowson placing top 3 in their categories for their first sprint distance triathlon.

Tri-ActiV8 made a clean sweep of the 50-59 podium with Megan Moa, Chris Webb and Ulrika Widdowson filling the top 3 positions. An incredible effort by Chris backing up from the previous days inaugural Ocean Swim!  Also making his debut over the sprint distance was Ken Furdek who has made the transition from tri-husband to triathlete. Congratulations Ken. A big shout out to Jody Walker who took a whopping 10mins off her 2016 time, a great reward for the dedication she has shown to training whilst juggling work, children and training schedules with husband Adam.

Enticer 

Jacquelyn Wonnocott – 38:42 – 1st female enticer ~ Cameron Wonnocott – 41:34 – 1st male enticer ~ Murray Wonnocott – 44:33 – 1st open male ~ Callam Ogilvie-Alcott – 42:31 – 2nd male enticer ~ Ange Furdek – 46:03 – 3rd open female ~ Mel Counsell – 1:01:53 – first open water triathlon ~ Claire Aitken - 1:07:42 ~ Lisa Chapman – 1:07:42

8 V8 athletes took on the enticer distance, with 3 of those 7 being from the one family. The Wonnocott family - Jacquelyn, Cameron and Murray – all had fantastic races with Jacquelyn taking line honours and bragging rights over her brother and father. Mel Counsell toed the line for her first open water triathlon after graduating from the Women’s Only event held at Mirani Pool in February. 

The Tri-ActiV8 team now set their sights on the Mackay Tri Festival on 23-24 September, held by the Mackay Triathlon Club. If you ever wanted to give triathlon a go, come and TRI the local race or volunteer to watch all the action up close.

Rhiannon German