About 250 competitors took part in the 2013 Benalla Triathlon.HANNAH DRISCOLL January 3, 2014 8:57am
About 250 competitors took on the clock, and the heat, in the 2013 Benalla Triathlon on Saturday.
This was the first leg of the inaugural Rural Tri Series and Benalla Tri Club president Graeme Currie said that may have boosted numbers.
‘‘We budget for 200, we get around 200, 210 to 220, so it was more than we expected,’’ he said.
Currie said all events utilised the pool rather than the Benalla lake after the lake’s water quality was deemed unsuitable at the discretion of Benalla Rural City Council.
The formats of the sprint and short-course triathlons were subsequently reversed to stagger the starters as beginning in the pool was deemed too difficult.
The swim in the sprint course was shortened slightly from 750
The majority of Saturday’s entries were for the sprint distance, which was won by Kate Bramley and last year’s runner-up Lachlan Kerin.
Earlier in the day Geelong Endurance Team members Georg Fellner, 29, and Linda Solly, 40, took out the short course race in times of 35 minutes 36 seconds and 40:43 respectively.
It was Fellner’s first time at Benalla, but the event holds special significance for Solly.
‘‘I’ve been here six years and my first ever triathlon was six years ago after I had my third child, so we’re regulars, we love it down here,’’ she said.
Both are more used to longer forms of the race and both ran the Shepparton 70.3 Ironman in November.
Fellner said his next major competition was his home event, the Geelong 70.3 Ironman.
‘‘It was hot, but it was not that long, it was only a short course, so I was happy with that,’’ he said.
Currie was aware of two competitors who were unable to finish the sprint race; one of them was taken to hospital.
The heat also played havoc with the timing system at the end of the day, meaning some of the last results were done by hand and it took a long time for them to be tallied.
The Rural Tri Series will continue at Echuca-Moama on January 18, with the race at Shepparton on February 23, the final of the five-race series.
More coverage and photos in this week’s Ensign.
Little butterflies, and marvellous munchkins will flutter to the stage at Shepparton’s Eastbank Centre tonight and tomorrow for the Goulburn Valley Academy of Ballet concert.
The Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket Club has hosted the first ever ACA Masters contest at the Stan Hargreaves Oval in Yarrawonga.
There was a good turnout for Wednesday’s Remembrance Day service in Tatura, which saw a number of wreaths laid at the War Memorial, and the presentation to Brad Corken, of the Tatura RSL Spirit Award 2015, by president Robert Mathieson.
THE Echuca and District Netball Association, reigning 17 and Under regional state league champions, will be required to adapt to a new age category for next year’s competition.
A GROUP of Rochester Secondary College students visited Bendigo last week to donate blood for the first time.
Bowls Club hosts 49th Victorian Country Masters Pairs
The Oriential Weatherloach has infested the Goulburn River.
The largest ever Strawberry Fields crowd turned out to enjoy the event on the Murray River at Tocumwal at the weekend.
AFTER the hottest October in Victoria since records began in the 1850s, it will come as little surprise that rainfall across the district was unusually low.
No, it won’t be Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer creating the Christmas lighting in Cobram this year, it will be Cobram couple, Ron and Kath Renfrew,
‘Peppinella’ development bigger than first planned
Watch and Act issued for Corowa and Wahgunyah near Rutherglen, urging people to leave now as conditions may worsen.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.