Busy February for Rockingham Triathlon Club members

Junior triathletes.
Ben Trewbin.
Tracey Schmidt.
Mark Jenkins.
Sandra Adam.
Junior triathletes. Ben Trewbin. Tracey Schmidt. Mark Jenkins. Sandra Adam.

ROCKINGHAM Triathlon Club members have been very active this month and competed in challenges in both Busselton, Bunbury, Champion Lakes and Geelong.

At the Busselton Jetty Swim on February 10, Michelle Manning took only 59 minutes and 13 seconds to complete the journey, and teenager Michael Baker with a time total of one hour and 17 seconds.

The Sufferfest Beach Games in Bunbury on February 10 included several triathlons covering varying distances.

Competitors swum 1.9km, cycled 90km and ran 21km in the Half Ironman event, where Brett Johnson completed the course in four hours and one minute, finishing second overall.

Tracey Schmidt won her age group in a cracking time of four hours and 47 minutes and second female overall.

Greg Manning took the win in the 30-39 age group shorter distance Sprint Triathlon and smashed his opposition, crossing the line in one hour one minute and fourth overall while Natasha Pertwee replicated Manning’s performance posting one hour six minutes to win her age group.

James Martin and Karyss Rose laid down some smart times in the swim leg of the Olympic Distance to give themselves every advantage on the bike leg ahead of their rivals.

Martin recorded the second fastest bike leg at 42km to finish fourth in his age group and fifth overall while Rose, who missed a podium spot in her age group, finished fourth after a great effort on the bike.

At Champion Lakes on February 18, it was Race Four of the TRI WA series and club members were once again challenging themselves over varying distances.

In the duathlon, Josh Brown whizzed around the course and finished second overall and first in his age category while Alex McDougal was the first female to cross the line and win her category very comfortably.

The Baker family was once again well represented with Michael Baker finishing third, David and Michelle finishing in the top ten of their age categories and Clare Riley and Donna Oxenham put top performances also in the pursuit event.

Alison Whiteman and Steve Ware took on the 70.3 Half Ironman event in Geelong on February 18.

About 800 competitors from 15 countries were represented in the 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21km run.

Whiteman, who competed in the 50-54 age group, was in close range of the leaders in all three legs and eventually finished fifth in her category and 349th overall and registered a time of five hours and 23 minutes.

In the 60-64 age group Ware also had his work cut out transitioning from the bike to run in fourth spot but managed to claw his way into second position in a time of four hours and 54 minutes.

On Sunday Greg and Michelle Manning competed in the Gold Coast Triathlon Queensland as did Alex Barron.

The Rockingham Tri Club members battled with the humidity but delivered top performances in their age groups, and are hopeful of being selected to represent Australia in the World Triathlon Championships to be held on the Gold Coast in September.

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