A very busy weekend at the Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival that had a bit of everything for the Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy / Protector Aluminium Athletes that were in action over the weekend in the Hot Laps Run on Friday Night, Superkidz and ITU World Cup Triathlon on Saturday and Sunday with the Australian OD Champs and Sprint distance events.
There were some great results across the board which in turned gave the SCTA 2nd place in the TriClub Podium. A great result considering Red Dog Triathlon had nearly 4 times the competitors that we had raced. Awesome work Team SCTA
The Triathlon saw lots going on with whether there was going to be a swim leg based on the conditions that were forecasted. I know in hindsight looking at the conditions on Sunday that they could of ran the full swim, but when your faced with scenarios and going off what the prediction was, if the conditions came in, then it would of been nasty. The Mooloolaba Triathlon Organisers acted in the safety of all the competitors concerned and the right decision was made in the end. I know there were lots of disappointed athletes, but safety will always be paramount.
The Australian Champs over the Olympic Distance saw Paul Marchant execute a great race to be crowned National 25-29 Champion. Brett Stalley took a silver (55-59) along with SCTA Club Member Nicholas Hull (30-34). Ron Craig had a solid race to finish 3rd on the podium in Clydesdale 90-99kgs. Michael Hooper missed the podium with 6th 25-29. We had 11 athletes in the OD finish in the top 20 in their respective categories. In the Teams Janelle McCosker (Swim) set her team up on the way to being the fastest Female Team overall and winner of the Masters Female Team (they will race OPEN next year missed out of some $$)
Sprint Distance Draft Legal saw 4 podiums with Chloe Glover 1st (30-34), Martin Anderson 2nd (45-49), Michael Glover 3rd (30-34), Ben Cook 3rd (35-39) while Jorja Matthews (16-19) just missed the podium in 4th. In the Non Draft Sprint Distance SCTA Club Member Paul Fleming won (55-59)
On Friday Night in the Mooloolaba Hot Laps Run, where athletes ran as far as they could in 30 mins around a 600m circuit. Mia Wooldridge had a great run to take out the U/16 and 2nd Female Overall pocketing some prizemoney, while Heidi Craig had a solid run to finish 4th (U/16)
at the Superkidz Triathlon the juniors did a Run Cycle Run due to the quality of the water in the canal. Both Sam McClarron and Billie Elsum had great performances. As this is a participation event no times or places are recorded.
Well done to all that raced. Full results below Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival - 13-15.03.20 Olympic Distance 750m Swim / 1.5km Run / 40km Cycle / 10 km Run - Doubling as the Australian OD Championships + World Selection Race Paul Marchant - 1st Place 25-29 Years Male - Australian Champion Brett Stalley - 2nd Place 55-59 Years Male - Silver Australian Champs Nicholas Hull - 2nd Place 30-34 Years Male - Silver Australian Champs Ron Craig - 3rd Place Clydesdale 90-99kg Michael Hooper - 6th Place 25-29 Years Male Simon Hearn - 10th Place OPEN Male Alana Park - 12th Place 25-29 Years Female Rebecca Howell - 14th Place 25-29 Years Female Matt Billington - 14th Place 25-29 Years Male Drew Walker - 16th Place Legends Male Clint Jones - 16th Place 25-29 Years Male Debbie Thorley - 24th Place 40-44 Years Female Grant Elliot - 29th Place Premium Male Mates Andrea Learoyd - 42nd Place 40-44 Years Female OD Teams - 750m Swim / 1.5km Run / 40km Cycle / 10 km Run Janelle McCosker (Swim) - 1st Place Masters Female Team - Fastest Female Team Overall Meegan walker (Run) - 10th Place Masters Mixed Team Sunshine Coast Tri Academy - 2nd Place TriClub Podium
Sprint Distance (Draft Legal) - 375m Swim / 1.5km Run / 20km Cycle / 5 km Run Chloe Glover - 1st Place 30-34 Years Female Martin Anderson - 2nd Place 45-49 Years Male Mick Glover - 3rd Place 30-34 Years Male Ben Cook - 3rd Place 35-39 years Male Jorja Matthews - 4th Place 16-19 Years Female Sprint Distance (Non Draft) - 375m Swim / 1.5km Run / 20km Cycle / 5 km Run Paul Fleming - 1st Place 55-59 Years Male
ITU World Cup - 750/20/5 - 14.03.20 Kelly Ann Perkins - 27th Place ITU Female
Another successful weekend for the Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy / Protector Aluminium Athletes that raced at the finale of the Queensland Tri Series at Raby Bay wrapping up the 7 race series and awarding series winners, while at Mooloolaba the Ocean swim Series was in action, and NZ for the Taupo 70.3
QTS # 7 saw cool conditions for a notoriously hot race. the cloud cover was welcomed sight for all competitors. A high tide saw perfect conditions for swimming and a strong breeze out on the bike and run course.
In the Long Course over 900/25/6, Lachlan Kerin 5th (OPEN Male) lined up in his first QTS for the year. Taking Age Group Category Wins included Rebecca Howell (25-29 + 8th Female Overall), Pauline Ashley (45-49 12th Female Overall) and Brett Stalley (55-59).
Super Sprint over 400/15/4 saw Jericho Pogany 8th (14-15) while in the Kool Kids saw Billie Elsum 18th (7-9)
It was great to see SCTA club Member / Professional / OlympianRyan Fisher line up. it was the first race in the series for many years. He was in dominating form leading off the bike and was never troubled on the run leg to take out the Race Win. We wish Ryan all the best with his pursuit of a 2nd Olympic berth at Tokyo with the upcoming selection races
Across the ditch Norm Marsh lined up in the Taupo 70.3 where they had perfect conditions for racing. Norm is back after a knee operation and starting to get that full fitness back. He had a solid day out to finish 23rd (55-59) in a time of 5:35:36
While at Mooloolaba for the Open Water swims over the 3km, 1.6km and 800m distances saw some great results from the SCTA Crew. In the 3km Duanne Cannell 1st (50-54) and 4th Overall. In the 1.6km Both fine tuning for next weekends Mooloolaba Triathlon where Ben Cook 2nd (35-39) and Michael Glover3rd (30-34). In the 800m it was a battle of the Hammond Family where Jake took bragging rights again with 1st (10-14 + 3rd Overall) over Zak 2nd (10-14 + 4th Overall) with Kevin 1st (40-44 + 7th Overall) and Angie 1st (40-44)
Well done to all that raced. Full results below QTS # 7 Raby Bay Triathlon - 08.03.20 Long Course 900/25/6 Ryan Fisher - 1st Place OPEN Male - RACE WINNER Rebecca Howell - 1st Place 25-29 Years Female Pualine Ashley - 1st Place 45-49 Years Female Brett Stalley - 1st Place 55-59 Years Male Lachlan Kerin - 5th Place OPEN Male Super Sprint 400/15/4 Jericho Pogany - 8th Place 14-15 Years Male Kool Kids 100/2/500 Billie Elsum - 18th Place 7-9 Years Female
Taupo 70.3 - 08.03.20 Norm Marsh - 23rd Place 55-59 Years Male
Mooloolaba Ocean Swim - 08-09.03.20 3km Duanne Cannell - 1st Place 50-54 Years Male - 4th Overall 1.6km Ben Cook - 2nd Place 35-39 Years Male Michael Glover - 3rd Place 30-34 Years Male 800m Jake Hammond - 1st Place 10-14 Years Male - 3rd Overall Kevin Hammond - 1st Place 40-44 Years Male - 7th Overall Angie Hammond - 1st Place 40-44 Years Female Zak Hammond - 2nd Place 10-14 Years Male - 4th Overall
Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy / Protector Aluminium Athletes were in action over the weekend in Devonport for the ITU Oceania Sprint Cup also incorporating Round # 3 of the Australian Junior + Youth Series which doubled as the Australian ITU Sprint Champs for Juniors and Youths, While Brodie Gardner competed at Lake Crackenback which also doubled as the Australian + Oceania ITU Cross Triathlon Championships.
At Devonport, the ITU Juniors were first off the line with the Men and the SCTA / PA Junior Scholarship Holder Ryan Marsh was in action amongst a very strong field that contained 43 athletes including NZ Juniors. Ryan had a strong swim and got a group working together on the tough hilly course, where he came off in a good position. A solid run saw him beat a few that beat him at Qld Schools Triathlon Champs to finish 25th.
The female Juniors were off next and we had Jazi Coventry and Erin Wooldridge in action. Jazi had a great swim up near the front, while Erin's swim is showing the improvement each time getting closer out of the water. both girls rode strong in different packs and both ran solid times after a tough cycle course that saw Jazi finish 16th and Erin in 18th.
SCTA Club member Brittany Dutton lined up in the Elite Female as an U/23 athlete. she had a good swim and bike and a solid run to finish 8th U/23.
Next day saw Jazi, Ryan and Erin race in the Australian Mixed Team Relays. Jazi was in Team Bevan where they finished 7th Place while Erin and Ryan were in Team Gentle where they were 10th. It was great weekend of racing that saw lots of positives out of it. Both Ryan and Erin have moved into the Juniors from Youths last year and that transition period is always a tough one. So lots to work on but also lots to take out of the race moving forward.
Next up was Mia "Ratbag" Wooldridge I the Youth Females which also doubled as the Australian Championships. Mia had a great swim just off the top girls but a tough transition where she struggled to get her wetsuit off saw her lose valuable time. She had a good bike where there were a few girls to work with and she ran the 2nd fastest time to land on the podium in 3rd place.
At Lake Crackenback the racing was fast and furious. Brodie Gardner was a down on time out of the water but a strong bike and run held him in good steed to just miss the podium with a 4th place at the Oceania + Australian Champs.
Well done to all that raced. Full results below Devonport Triathlon - 29.02.20 ITU Oceania Sprint Cup - 750/20/5 Brittany Dutton - 8th U/23 Female Australian Sprint Championships + Round # 3 AJYTS Mia Wooldridge - 3rd Place ITU Youth Female - Australian Bronze Medal Jazi Coventry - 16th Place ITU Junior Female Erin Wooldridge - 18th Place ITU Junior Female Ryan Marsh - 25th Place ITU Junior Male Mixed Team Relay - Australian Champs Jazi Coventry - 7th Place ITU Junior Ryan Marsh + Erin Wooldridge - 10th Place ITU Junior
ITU Oceania + Australian Cross Triathlon Championships - Lake Crackenback - 29.02.20 - 1.5/30/10 Brodie Gardner - 4th Place ITU ELITE Male