Triathlete has successful trip southsuccessful tripsouth for series

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE TRIP to Gladstone was worthwhile for Rockhampton's Mark Seijbel when he won the 2004/05 Gladstone Triathlon Series race two at Spinnaker Park yesterday.

Frenchville club member Seijbel covered the 500 metre swim, 20 kilometre bike ride and four kilometre run in a very good time of 1.01.42.

Local triathlete Petro Kuiper continued her good recent form winning the women's event in a time of 1.04.37 and she finished second overall behind Seijbel.

Tom Connor enjoyed his Sunday out to produce a time of 1.05.04 to finish in third spot overall and second in the men's competition behind Seijbel.

Another triathlete who is in good form, Rebecca Josey, also did well coming second to Kuiper in a time of 1.10.56.

Young gun Matthew Strike was another to impress, winning the short-course event in a time of 32 minutes and 23 seconds.

Strike finished almost three minutes ahead of his nearest rival, St Clair Hayes who covered the half distance in 35.26.

Some competitors may have still have been feeling the effects of competing in last weeken's Noosa Triathlon, but event organiser Mark Davis was happy with yesterday's turnout.

'Considering we had Noosa last weekend, the turnout was very good ? as always competition was fierce and we were able to get relatively good conditions today,' Davis said.

The Iron Kids event continues to be popular with the juniors and provided a great contest.

Eleven-year-old Dean Strike showed he may have a big future in triathlon with a good win to edge out Joel McMahon with James McMahon finishing third.



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