A veteran broadcaster sampled New Zealand’s longest-running triathlon on Monday.
TV One newsreader Peter Williams competed in the Lake Hayes Christmas Tri – his final build-up for the Port Tauranga Half Ironman on Saturday week.
Williams, 56, popped over from his Wanaka holiday home, aiming to break an hour 30 minutes but finished 10 minutes shy.
“I made a couple of cock-ups – my chain fell off down Malaghans Road on a bike I had borrowed.
“And then I made a cock-up in the transition – I ran the wrong way [for about 100m].
“The two of them together wouldn’t have taken 10 minutes off my time but I might have been a bit quicker.”
Williams says heavy rain didn’t affect his 750m swim or 5km run but the end of the 20km cycle leg was “pretty hard yakka” due to surface flooding.
He raves about the course – Lake Hayes is “a great lake to swim in”, the cycle leg’s “quite challenging going up McEntyre Hill” and the run’s on “a nice trail with a few good little steep inclines”.
The first open male was Jamie Whyte of Queenstown in 1hr 40sec. The women’s winner was NZ elite team member Nicky Samuels, who cycled over from Wanaka, in 1:04.13.
In conjunction with his upcoming half ironman, Williams is fundraising for the Look Good, Feel Better Foundation.
It provides appearance assistance to women affected by cancer treatment and helped his first wife, who died of cancer 14 years ago.