Geraldton Triathlon Club to hold Bluff Point Burner race on Sunday at St Georges Beach

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Georgia Keyser during the bike race.
Camera IconGeorgia Keyser during the bike race. Credit: Geraldton Triathlon Club/Supplied

It’s back to the track for the Geraldton Triathlon Club this Sunday, with some cooler weather in the offing.

After the recent heatwave, the club will be hoping the Bluff Point Burner at St Georges Beach lives up to its name in the racing department but not in the temperature department.

About 50 athletes turned out last Sunday for the Gero Crawl race.

Andrew Elliot won the male event on the enticer course, with Zeke Forrester and Murray Dean coming in second and third.

There were lots of battles for position happening in all three legs for both divisions.

In the female event, Emily Warr took the win in a race that was really anyone’s to win, with the field coming out of the water in two groups.

Karina Day came second and Caroline Kelly had one of the fastest bike legs of the day to take third.

There was a great battle between Tennesse Forrester and Kylie Forrester on the run leg with an exciting sprint to the finish, with Tennesse managing to cross the mat half a second before Kylie.

The short course had 15 athletes racing, with several making the step up from the enticer.

Barry Doyle had one of the fastest runs of the day, and continues to show improvement each week.

Paul Burkinshaw won the male event, with Ben Lloyd and Nathan Johansen rounding out the top three.

Brook Kimpton won the female event, with Deb Carlyon second and Carissa Mincherton third.

Carlyon used her strong bike leg to overtake Mincherton and open up a two-minute lead going onto the run.

Gerard Grant came first in the male long course competition, with Lester Smith in second and Byron Clarkson third.

In the female division, Georgia Keyser used her smooth run to take first, with Amy and Petrina Wakelam in second and third.

Amy and Petrina are always great to watch, exchanging positions on the bike and run only to have a sprint to the finish.

The bike section was altered at last week’s event to allow all of the racers to challenge each other, doing laps of the 7km bike course.

Enticer course athletes went around once, short course racers did two laps, and long course racers did three laps.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a maximum of 36C and a minimum of 18C for Geraldton on Sunday.

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