Gerard Grant, Wakelam sisters look to extend Geraldton Triathlon Club streak at Double Up event

Reuben CarderGeraldton Guardian
Gerard Grant is on a winning streak.
Camera IconGerard Grant is on a winning streak. Credit: Geraldton Triathlon Club/Supplied

There are few people on a hotter run, swim and bike streak right now than Gerard Grant.

The racer has three wins in his past three starts with the Geraldton Triathlon Club — two on the long course and one on the short course.

He’ll be hoping to extend his hat-trick on Sunday when tri club athletes go around a modified course — twice — for the third race of the Geraldton Bikes Double Up Series.

Petrina and Amy Wakelam have also staged an epic battle in recent meets.

The sisters have split first and second place on the podium in several recent meets.

Petrina Wakelam.
Camera IconPetrina Wakelam. Credit: Geraldton Triathlon Club/Supplied

The club will be hoping conditions are the same as they were last week.

Last Sunday morning provided idyllic conditions at St Georges Beach, with mild temperatures and a gentle southeasterly breeze providing a pristine swim.

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

The long course, 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 during the season.

Petrina Wakelam won the female long course in 1hr 34min, extending her strong recent run of results. The ever-improving Lisa Keefe was close behind.

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 it would not be long before he was 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 the top four places.

A little more than five minutes separated them. Jill Weller won the female enticer race.

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.

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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