Women’s triathlon marks 20th year

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A BRACING swim got proceedings underway at the annual women’s bike run tri event at Lake Hayes on Saturday.

Now in its 20th year, the popular Queenstown event saw 89 individual sportswomen and 14 teams compete in cold but sunny conditions.

Team Pinnacle Physio & Training of Queenstown won the premier triathlon team event in a time of 54 min 19 sec.

Three Queenstowners took the podium positions in the individual open swim triathlon. Andy Lowrie was first in a time of 54.50. Tasmin Browne took second and Kylese Zaiger was third.

Race director Geoff Hunt says: “There was the usual strong camaraderie among the competitors and a number of beginner level entrants keen to race in the all-women environment.”

The course consisted of a 300m swim Lake Hayes, followed by a 15km bike ride on the Lake Hayes-Arrowtown Road, and a 5km run around the lake track to the pavilion.

In the veterans’ category, Helen Hanson of Dunedin took the title in 1:05:58, followed by Wanaka’s Chrissi Pettit and Queenstown’s Jill Bar.

Team Pinnacle Physio & Training were quickest in the overall event but were competing in the veteran’s category. Queenstown’s Team Quickforce were the quickest open triathlon team, in 1:02:42, and took home the coveted Dan Kelly Trophy.

Some of the 122 competitors took the option of multi-sporting the event, replacing the swim with a 2km kayak on the lake.

Queenstown’s Hayley Stevenson won first place in the veteran division in a time of 1:11:24, and Louise Parkers, of Queenstown, first place in the open division in 1:08:40.

There was also an open duathlon option, won by Sara Anderson of Dunedin in 1:04:06, and an 8.1km run option.
The duathlon attracted 54 individuals split evenly between open and veteran categories.

The individual veteran’s duathlon title, and the overall individual duathlon title, was won by Viv Buchanan of Queenston in 56:49, followed by Bresita Patun of Arrowtown in 59:21.

In the open section the honours went to Sarah Anderson of Dunedin in 1:04:06.

The veteran team’s section of the duathlon was won by Team QRM of Queenstown in 1:05:09, while The Scissor Sisters of Queenstown won the open team division in 59:52, and the Remarkable Physios team of Queenstown won the business division in 1:05:40.

In the run, Sarah Cole of Queenstown won the overall title in 35:52, while Karen Gallagher of Cromwell won the open division in 38:33.