Was baker Josh bred for victory?
COOLANGATTA baker Josh Alexander rose to the challenge to cross the line first at yesterday's Seagulls Duathlon.
Alexander (pictured) raced to his first career title in a time of 18min31.21sec in the men's 18-40 competition.
As delighted as he was after the race there was little time for celebration as he headed home for an early night before a 1am shift this morning.
About 80 competitors took part in yesterday's event, which involved a 500m swim at Terranora Inlet and a 3.2km run to the Seagulls club.
Seagulls intra-club sports council secretary Barbara Brown said the duathlon, which is now in its third year, had doubled in field size each year since it started.
"Things are looking great for the future of the event," Brown said.
Despite his victory, Alexander's time was not the fastest on the day, with Murwillumbah's Jeff Collier, who was in the 41-50 age category recording a time of 16min20.01sec. But, for the 27-year-old Alexander, whose family runs the Bakers Delight at Coolangatta, it was a special day.
"It feels great," Alexander said afterwards.
"I have been racing every weekend at Club Banora in their triathlon and I took part in a triathlon at Noosa and the one at Robina .?.?. (but) this was my first win.
"I've been doing this now for a couple of years."
He said he would celebrate over a family dinner, with his fiance Sonia and their three-year-old daughter Charlie, before getting some sleep and going to work.
Winners of the other categories in yesterday's duathlon were Michelle Ede in the female 18-35 group; Jeff Collier in the men's 41-50; John Warren in the men's over 50; Karen Lowrie in the women's over 35; Jared O'Sullivan in the junior male 15-17; Claire Little in the junior female 15-17 and Tom Morgan and Chris Waters in the team event.