Frenchville Frogs revel on course
WET and miserable conditions marred the Gold Coast Half Ironman Triathlon at Calypso Bay last weekend, but that didn't stop a contingent of Frenchville Frogs achieving personal best times and a series of solid placings.
“We did the Rydges half ironman seven weeks ago and everyone improved by between 10-20 minutes, so everyone was pleased with their own performance,” Frogs competitor Mark Ruthenberg said.
Torrential rain was a persistent menace throughout the 113km triathlon.
It was particularly hazardous on the 90km bike leg, where many people crashed out due to the slippery conditions.
“It really bucketed on the bike, which was quite disheartening because there were quite a few people skidding off into the bushes.
“It was a bit of a concern at times,” Ruthenberg said yesterday.
Despite a less-than-ideal preparation, Scott Murray was first over the line for the Frogs in a time of four hours 34 minutes and 16 seconds to finish 13th in the 25-29 age division and 83rd overall.
Glenn Woodrow was next over the line in 4:49:31 for 30th in the 40-44 category, while veteran Mike Dunstan came sixth in the 50-54 age division with a time of 4:58:19.
Ryan McLoughlin also chipped in with a very tidy 4:58:19 to break the five-hour barrier for the first time to place 62nd in the 35-39 age group.
Arpit Srivastava, who took up the sport only a couple of years ago despite not being able to swim, recorded a very impressive 5:10:04 for an admirable 57th in the 25-29 division.
Gerard “The Fox” Galvin came in next with a solid 5:13:40, exorcising the demons of last year's event.
Scott Wilson was in at 5:14:25 for 69th in the 40-44 and Mark Ruthenberg recorded a 5:17 in the same division to improve on his Rydges Half Ironman time by almost 20 minutes.
Ben Vandenberg came home in 5:31:14, Tim Ryan also showed progress with a 5:43:32 and Luke Barnard rounded out the local contingent with a gutsy 7:04:22 in the C90-99 category.