Geraldton Triathlon Club championship race to run as Ironman & women head to Busselton

Reuben CarderGeraldton Guardian
Paul Burkinshaw last week.
Camera IconPaul Burkinshaw last week. Credit: Supplied

Race two of the Geraldton Triathlon Club’s championship series is at St George’s Beach on Sunday.

The club will also be represented further south, with local Ironmen and Ironwomen heading to Busselton at the weekend, including club president Scott Dennett, who is taking on his second full Ironman.

Among the racers who impressed last weekend, Paul Burkinshaw will be looking to improve on his narrow second place in ideal conditions for the first event in the Geraldton Triathlon Club’s Geraldton Bikes Double and Triple series.

Burkinshaw clocked in at 54 minutes in the men’s open category on the short course, 2min. 16sec. behind winner Gerard Grant.

Conditions were Geraldton-ideal last weekend, with flat water, a warm easterly and no stingers, and the club will be hoping for the same this time.

The field was slightly diminished from the record-breaking crowds of previous weeks, perhaps as many were tapering for Busselton Ironman this weekend.

It could also have been the heat keeping a few at home, as the temperature got close to 40C. The long course started off at a cracking pace, with Jess Wake leaving them in her wake as she left the water first on her three laps.

The first female contestant home on the long course was Petrina Wakelam, who is always speedy on the run legs.

Wake was not far behind, coming in ahead of the first male long-course racers.

The Wakelams kept it in the family, with Amy bringing home a short-course win after a tussle on the run leg Lisa Keefe in second.

Jill Weller won the female event on the enticer course, the shortest of the three distances, with Steph Essex coming in second.

In the men’s events, the times were quick in the enticer.

James Parry completed the job in under 35 minutes, with a young Alex Travesso not too far behind.

On the short course, Grant won ahead of Burkinshaw and Byron Clarkson.

Rodney Eva won the long-course event ahead of Russell Browne.

The hero of the day was Rob Melville, who not only signed up for the double-up event instead of his regular enticer, but did it solo, as his racing partner marshalled on the modified run course.

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