A teenager and the region’s top triathlete took top honours in the latest Sunset Series round at Aquamoves last night.MARC MCGOWAN February 6, 2013 4:05am
A teenager and the region’s top triathlete took top honours in the latest Sunset Series round at Aquamoves last night.
Female competitors began eight minutes and 10 seconds before their male rivals, which set the stage for an exciting match race between Nathalia-based rising star Matilda Terry and Erin McHugh.
McHugh narrowly beat Terry out of the water, but Terry overtook her on the bike and extended her lead on the run to stop the clock at 27
McHugh (28:28) was next home ahead of Jo Turner (30:45), Alice Gunn (31:45) and Jenette Serra (32:18).
The first man to finish was Ardmona’s Jason Shields (24:36), who has taken the mantle from relocated Anthony Rule as Shepparton Tri Club’s No.
Shields, 36, didn’t have it all his own way, though.
He trailed Stuart Shaw out of the pool and it wasn’t until after the run began that he shook runner-up Danny Muldeary (25:09), with Wade Hicks (26:31) more than a minute further back.
‘‘I’m feeling really good. I did a pretty good time trial at the weekend on the bike and I’m pretty pumped,’’ Shields said.
‘‘I’m tired, but last week I finished seven weeks of a big block of training and now I’ll freshen up (for Ironman New Zealand on March 2).
‘‘I haven’t done any (Shepparton Tri Club) events up until this year and it’s just about supporting the local community.’’
Shields will next contest the 10
His wife, Jae-min Bok, will do the 21
Terry, who turns 17 in April, has taken the opportunity during the recent school holidays to increase her training and competition load.
Last night’s result was a just reward for that dedication.
‘‘It was good, but pretty tough. Jacinta (Collier) usually beats me, but she wasn’t here tonight and Erin and I are usually together and it’s always a good race,’’ Terry said.
‘‘I was just in front coming into transition and didn’t look behind (on the run leg) until I got to the bridge, because I thought she was catching me.’’
Terry is involved with both the Echuca and Shepparton triathlon clubs.
The Year 11 St Mary of the Angels Secondary College student is competing in the Olympic distance triathlon at Geelong on Sunday and the under-19 event at next month’s ITU Triathlon World Cup series race at Mooloolaba.
Water has been returned to Kinnairds and Black wetlands to help with their revitalisation after bushfire damaged them in February.
More than 2200 people have signed up to show their support for a campaign to have the green route chosen for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Matches were split up over Good Friday and Easter Saturday throughout the region.
Painter Ben Winspear and Scott Wileman will create new works as the public look on during the at Rochester Art Exhibition.
Kyabram Bombers have the chance to beat Rochester under light for the first time this Friday evening.
Lions star recruit had a tough introduction to the GVFL.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Eighty residents at a forum determined the Heathcote Community Plan was on track but need some fine tuning.
Cobram skate park hosts skateboarding and music for youth week.
Senior state minister Adrian Piccoli reaquainted himself with Deniliquin yesterday, leaving Deniliquin Counil hopeful it has an ally in him.
With his blue eyes and snow-coloured coat, Nanneella horse Sinatra has looks worthy of a fairytale.
Fourteen-year-old Benalla girl Jaimee Linke will launch her debut novel next month.
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