Speedy Kingscliff Triathlon a success
UP to 1200 competitors sweated it out in Kingscliff over the weekend for the 13th instalment of the biannual Kingscliff Triathlon.
Competitors from all over Australia took advantage of suitable race conditions and weather to set blistering times across 13 team and individual categories in a weekend of strong racing and results.
Wollongong’s Ben Cook led the charge after he set a blistering run leg in the Olympic category to finish more than a minute ahead of his nearest competition, in a time of 01:47:33.
In the Olympic female category, Gold Coaster and Australian national triathlete Courtney Gilfillan left competitors in her wake, with her final time of 02:01:35 almost five minutes ahead of second-placed Rosie McGeoch, who finished with a time of 02:06:05.
Race director Mike Crawley said competitors, organisers and spectators alike had embraced the triathlon which was going from strength to strength.
“There was a big crowd, the racing was fast and it was great to watch,” Crawley said.
“Kingy should be very proud as a lot of triathlons are shrinking across the country while the Kingscliff Triathlon continues to grow.”
Plenty of kids took part, with over 70 children as young as seven braving Cudgen Creek at dawn for a 100 metre swim, followed by a three kilometre ride and a 500 metre run.
“Most of the kids are locals and it’s fantastic for the little ones to be having a go,” Crawley said.
“The smiles on their faces were priceless and that was a highlight of the weekend for me.”
Crawley said the Kingscliff setting was appealing, with the area’s picturesque backdrop attracting endless entries in a time of the year which is traditionally quieter for triathlons.
He said registration numbers were so high leading into Sunday, organisers had to turn potential competitors away as all spots had been filled.
Fast times across Sunday contributed to a low-impact on the community, with roads re-opening early.
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