City triathletes go well in Hell



SOMETHING must have been in those water bottles as Gladstone triathletes produced spectacular performances at two major races last weekend.

Rebecca Josey, Prue Oswin and Peter Benham made the trek to Goondiwindi for the Hell of the West triathlon.

It isn't called the Hell of the West for nothing with a swim of two kilometres, 80 km cycle and 20 km run facing those brave enough to compete.

Oswin put in an outstanding effort to post a time of 4hrs52.46 in her first long course race.

She ended fourth in the ladies 25-29 years age group and just ahead of fifth-placed Josey who slashed a half-hour off her personal best to record a time of 5hrs01.58.

In his first trip to the border town, Benham clocked a time of 5hrs24.10 to finish 11th in the men's 45-49 years age group.

At Coffs Harbour, three locals took part in the first race of the National Triathlon Series.

The national series is run over an Olympic distance of 1.5 kilometre swim, 40 km cycle and 10 km run, round one was used as an Australian age group team selection race.

According to reports from the Banana capital, there was a hilly bike course and run was slightly long which saw some slower times than usual.

Petro Kuiper finished eighth in the ladies 35-39 years age group with a time of 2hrs36.00.

Kuiper was second out of the water, but still could be pleased with her performance.

Her fellow Tannum Sands competitor Mike Dunstan also showed some strong form to post a time of 2hrs23.53.

Dunstan finished in seventh spot in the men's 45-49 years age group, while Steve Kanowski finished 29th in the 25-29 years category.

In what was a very hot field, Kanowski posted a respectable time of 2hrs24.45.



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