by James Knipe
October kicked off the season for a lot of us with the State and Australian Duathlon Championships at Champion Lakes. We had over 30 participants which included a whopping 13 top-3 finishers, of which 5 were Australian titles (with additional state titles on top of this), ranging from the 14-15 to 75-79 age groups, and plenty in between…too many names to list! Well done to everyone who took part and represented the club with pride. For once the normally gale-force Champion Lakes weather gave us a bit of a break making for some fast times throughout.
Also kicking off was the club Aquathlon series sponsored by BikeForce Joondalup, Blu Smooth Wetsuits and Cartridge World Wembley. After a false start due to poor weather, the series finally got moving at event 2 on 27th October. 29 brave souls battles the wind and cold and results are available here, with line honours going to the familiar faces of Rahul Jegatheva (Overall and Male Junior), Ayesha Scott (1st Female and Female Junior), Michelle Martin (Female Senior) and Cameron Storm (Male Senior). Well done to all who participated.
Slightly further afield we had some great representation at Kona once again. Just getting there is an incredible achievement but it seems that our club members weren’t intent on just going along for the journey, but each proceeded to put in incredible performances. Blake, Allison and Alan all did the club and themselves proud, and left the rest of us mere mortals in awe. Finally, club member Rob Pouw has put together a great podcast during which he talks to Alan about his journey – well worth a listen.
Apologised in advance if we missed anyone, but feel free to get in touch with any special achievements or mentions!
November is a busy month with plenty of events around the Perth area worth considering. Most important of all however have got to be right here on our doorstep – The Max Greive Memorial Run and round 3 of the Aquathlon Series.
Max Greive Memorial Run – Sorrento SLSC –10/11/2017 – A popular club event to remember a club icon as we battle it out for the Big Chain Ring trophy. Two distance options, 10 km and 5 km, starting at 6pm. No worries if the distance is a struggle, feel free to walk some or all of the course…it’s all for a good cause – gold coin(s) donation which goes to The Cancer Council of Australia. Water is provided on course, and there is a presentation and BBQ in the SSLSC courtyard after.
Round 3 of the Aquathlon Series – Sorrento SLSC –17/11/2017 – Come on down again for a fun evening of social racing and a BBQ after at SSLSC. If you haven’t already done so, please enter your details on Webscorer which makes the whole evening go a lot smoother. The format is as per normal, a short swim (400-600 m typically) followed by a short run (just over 3km usually). It’s a laid-back, relaxed evening…a great way to round out your week!
All TWA sanctioned events for November are summarised below – too many to go into detail on! But we’ve picked out some highlights anyway…
Augusta Adventure Race – Augusta – 4 & 5/11/2017 – The biggest adventure race in the world (they claim!), featuring a mix of trail/beach running, open water swimming, mountain biking and kayaking. A real challenge in a beautiful location. Junior and senior events…well worth adding to your bucket list if you haven’t already done it!
Exceed Super Sprint – Champion Lakes – 4/11/2017 – Following a similar format to the recent Super League Triathlon Series, this event is basically three short races in one day, with the sequence of events rotated each round. Race 1 is swim / bike / run, race 2 is run / bike / swim and race 3 is swim / run / bike. Sounds fun, eh?! And to top it all off, it’s draft legal so a chance to get racing in a pack for a change (but sorry, no TT bikes allowed).
Mandurah State Interclub Championship – Mandurah – 26/11/2017 – Your club needs you! This is round one of the club event series but also is the club championship, and the prizes are based on the number of competitors from each club as a proportion of that club’s membership…so the more people we have turn up, the better our chances of reclaiming the club championship trophy! It’s sprint distance (750 m swim, 20 km bike and 5 km run), and the swim location is really very pleasant with a nice flat run to finish things off. It’s a great event with a fantastic atmosphere as clubs compete against each other for bragging rights, and is a great first race of the season to get you in the triathlon mood! The club tent and BBQ will be there as an additional enticer!