Ogden to take sizzling triathlon form to Hawaii



GLADSTONE endurance athlete Cheryl Ogden is Hawaii-bound in October after a stirring performance at the 2005 Snap Ironman Triathlon at Forster-Tuncurry on Sunday.

Ogden qualified to represent Australia in the women's 50-54 years division after finishing sec-ond in her age group at Forster, completing the 3.8km swim, 180km bike, 42.2km run event in a time of 11hr34min55sec.

Despite her effort, Ogden said there was room for improvement after suffering leg cramps during the event and hitting a 'dead patch' during her run, to finish about a minute off her time from two years ago.

She was especially pleased with her swim time of 1hr11min32sec in a bunched field in which competitors were 'bashing and belting each other around' due to being so closely packed in.

Ogden yesterday said she would enjoy a short break from training before commencing a 20 week build-up to the October Hawaiian ironman triathlon event.

Having competed at the final Ironman Triathlon at Forster/Tuncurry, Ogden was hopeful of competing again when it moved to Port Macquarie next year.

Also keen to back up is Tannum Sands men's 45-49 years competitor Peter Benham who completed the event in 12:35.28.

'From last year to this year I had a big break,' Benham said after repeating his 2004 time to the minute.

'I went into this year's event about the same (fitness) standard as last year. This time I'd like to keep up the training a bit more and build up from where I am now.'



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