Geraldton Triathlon Club’s Bluff Point Burner race

Rob GrazziadelliGeraldton Guardian
Paul Burkinshaw.
Camera IconPaul Burkinshaw. Credit: Geraldton Triathlon Club/Supplied

Sunday morning provided idyllic conditions as the Geraldton Triathlon Club hosted the Bluff Point Burner race.

Competitors enjoyed a reprieve from the recent heat wave with mild conditions and a gentle southeasterly breeze providing a pristine swim.

The conditions also set the perfect platform for a quick cycle leg in all three distances.

The long course, which was raced over a 600m swim, 27km ride and 5km run, had more starters than the short course, which demonstrated the athletes have improved and gained fitness as the season has progressed.

Petrina Wakelam won the female long course in an impressive 1 hour and 34 minutes, extending her strong recent run of results.

The ever-improving Lisa Keefe was close behind.

Gerard Grant won the male long course, finishing four minutes in front of Lester Smith.

Byron Clarkson enjoyed his return to the longer distance, finishing third.

Mark Pardoe stepped up to the plate and did a fantastic job completing his first long course.

He showed that it won’t be long before he will be contending for a podium spot.

Judy Heylen won the short course female event.

Paul Burkinshaw, Ben Lloyd, Andrew Blackburn and Nathan Johansen all performed well in the men’s event, taking out the top four places.

A little over five minutes separated them, with some blistering times made on the cycle and run legs.

Jill Weller won the female enticer race.

Jess Macdonald took out second place and Kylie Forrester came third, with another 10 competitors hot on their heels.

Scott Dethlefsen continued the supremacy he has shown in the male enticer this season.

Andrew Elliott came in second and Zeke Forrester, who has been showing improvement each week, finished third.

The club will hold race three of the Geraldton Bikes Double Up Series next Sunday.

Athletes go around a modified course twice.

New members and people who want to come along and try are welcome.

More information is on the club’s Facebook page.

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