Another big weekend of racing for Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy / Protector Aluminium Athletes in action at Townsville Triathlon Festival, Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival, Botanical to Bridge Fun Run in Gladstone and Peter Schultz Swimming the English Channel.
Firstly the English Channel where Peter Schultz crossed in 11hrs 58 min. With conditions pretty choppy to start of with he settled into his rhythm and in true grit and style got to the finish riding the currents and tides. It was a waiting game since last Thursday when he knew he was the next to go. Waiting for a tail end of a hurricane to pass thru so he could get his opportunity.
Peter relocated to Sydney to follow this dream and has given up a lot to physical be ready for this. He hasn't had a hot shoer in over a year. Pilot Pete was a regular at the SCTA noon swims before heading to Sydney. From all at SCTA we would like to say well bloody done mate. An amazing achievement and a great journey. Well done legend.
Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival, which included the Marathon, Half Marathon (Australian Champs), 10km, 5km and 2km dash for the kids. There were several athletes out there from SCTA that recorded some great efforts.
In the marathon, Jason Shortis had a strong run to break the 3hr barrier and to win the 45-49 Category. The ever consistent Doc, Kate Gazzard, had solid run for 2nd 35-39 in 3:18. Great to see the battle of the big boys out there to between Kev Hammond and Grant Cunning as well.
In the Australian Champs for the Half Marathon we had some great performances in some extremely competitive age groups. Michael Woodcock (45-49) and Kendall Fettell (25-29) both finished 4th with Matt Duncan 6th and Nicholas Hull 7th both in 25-29. Clayton Fettell (30-34) was 8th.
Gary Turner 5th (65-69) and Warren Venaglia 9th (55-59) both had great runs in the 10km, while in the 5km Category wins to Maureen Cummings (55-59) and Julie Coote (60-64). Richie Lewis 3rd (30-34) ran strongly pushing the pram amongst the crowd and shoed exceptional U-turn skills with the pram and the turnaround mark. Zoe Davis 8th (5-10) had a great run as well. \ Gladstone hosted the annual Botanical to Bridge Fun Run where we saw Chloe Turner on the comeback trail after several years off due to sickness. She dominated the Open Female where she took out the race win and to finish 12th overall in the 8km event.
Not to be outdone. Peyton Craig lined up in the 3km to win the Primary school division and be 3rd overall. Not bad for a 12 year old and received a bit of prize money too. It was an all Craig Family affair in the 3km with Dad Ron 3rd in Open Male and Ella 5th Secondary schools. Nice work Renee and great seeing you back competing.
Up in Townsville in very hot and humid conditions saw Ryan Marsh enter his first sprint distance, while Jonathan Goerlach with Simon Hearn compete in their last race before heading to the World Para Triathlon Championships in Rotterdam. Jonathan had been up here for a 2 week training camp with Simon (SCTA Athlete).
Jono is a visually impaired athlete with 5% visibility and completes the bike course on a Tandem. Jono and Simon took out the win in 35-39 Years Category and was 3rd place overall. Ryan just missed the podium in 4th place 14-19 and was 8th overall. Not too bad for his first effort at a sprint distance race.
Well done to all that raced. Full results below
English Channel - 22.08.19 Peter Schultz - Completed in 11:58
Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival - 20.08.17 Marathon Jason Shortis - 1st Place 45-49 Years Male - 8th Place Overall Kate Gazzard - 2nd Place 35-39 Years Female - 11th Female Overall Kevin Hammond - 247th Place 35-39 Years Male
Half Marathon - Doubled as the Australia Championships Kendall Fettell - 4th Place 25-29 Years Female Michael Woodcock - 4th Place 45-49 Years Male Matt Duncan - 6th Place 25-29 Years Male Nicholas Hull - 7th Place 25-29 Years Male Clayton Fettell - 8th Place 30-34 Years Male Jaryd Hamilton - 16th Place 25-29 Years Male Emma Hogan - 133rd Place 35-39 Years Female
10km Gary Turner - 5th Place 65-69 Years Male Warren Venaglia - 9th Place 55-59 Years Male
5km Maureen Cummings - 1st Place 55-59 Years Female Julie Coote - 1st Place 60-64 Years Female Richie Lewis - 3rd Place 30-34 Years Male Zoe Davis - 8th Place 5-10 Years Female April Sullivan - 21st Place 45-49 Years Female Mia Davis - 26th Place 5-10 Years Female Botanical to Bridge Fun Run Gladstone - 20.08.17 8km Run Chloe Turner - 1st Place Open Female - Race Winner - 12th Overall 3km Run Peyton Craig - 1st Place Primary School Boys - 3rd Overall Ron Craig - 3rd Place Open Male Ella Craig - 5th Place Secondary School Girls Renee Craig - 347th Open Female Townsville Triathlon - 19.08.17 - 750/20/5 Jonathan Goerlach (with Guide Simon Hearn) - 1st Place 35-39 Years Male - 3rd Overall Ryan Marsh - 4th Place 14-19 Years - 8th Overall