Another weekend of racing saw both Rachel James and Coach Toby Coote head to Port Moresby for the 15th Pacific Games.
With tough opposition from New Caledonia and Tahiti, it was always going to be a tough day out in the office. Rachel got off to a good start and set up a strong swim leg to come out of the water in 4th place.
The bike course consisted of 4 loops with a 800m-1km of climbing with a couple of sharp pinches to sort them out. Throw in a headwind on the flats and made for a hard day. Rachel slipped back a little to come of the bike in 6th place.
Out onto the 5km run which had the hill except they followed it up the highway and then returned down the same way. Rachel managed to pass one of the Tahitians in front of her but wasn't able to close the gap on the other girls.
5th place and first place of the commonwealth nations. A great result seen she was dead last 4 years ago at the same games. So a massive improvement.
The Gold Coast Marathon festival has been run over the weekend as well and we saw Dan Collins line up in the Marathon. Dan had been suffering from a little niggle in the hip which slowed down his preparations but was still able to run a very solid and respectable time of 2:48:05 which saw him 11th 40-44 years and 70th overall out of 6118 runners