Grant, Carlyon star on long course as Geraldton Triathlon Club racers enjoy cool change

Jikki VanAmstelGeraldton Guardian
Barry Doyle.
Camera IconBarry Doyle. Credit: Geraldton Triathlon Club/Supplied

Around 50 Geraldton Triathlon Club athletes raced last Sunday with everyone happy for cooler weather.

The bike section was altered for the event, with all of the racers doing laps of the 7km bike course.

The change-up added a little bit of a challenge for the athletes, allowing them to race alongside people they might not normally race, without being able to tell what the standings were.

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

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 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.

It was a great race on the enticer course, with lots of battles for position happening in all three legs.

The male event was won by Andrew Elliot, with Zeke Forrester and Murray Dean in second and third.

In the female event, it was really anyone’s race to win, with the field coming out of the water in two groups.

The eventual winner was Emily Warr with Karina Day second.

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 the the finish, with Tennesse managing to cross the mat half a second before Kylie.

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