PEDAL POWER: Angela Wells wills herself on yesterday morning in wet and humid conditions.
PEDAL POWER: Angela Wells wills herself on yesterday morning in wet and humid conditions. Matt Taylor 031217TRI

WATCH: Action and wrap of the Tannum Triathlon held today

TRIATHLON: More than 100 competitors pounded the pavement, pedalled and swam their way past the finish line in yesterday's Fitzroy Frogs Triathlon held in Tannum Sands.

Damp and very humid conditions did not deter Tannum's Bec Swanton who was the first female in the Enticer category which is made up of a 375-metre swim, 10km bike and 2.8km run.

 

It was a comeback of sorts for Swanton after a hiatus of several years who finished in 41:37 minutes.

But her profession as a personal trainer made the challenge an easy one relatively speaking.

"I think the swim was quite good because there was a bit of rain around so the water was a little bit calmer which is always nice," Swanton said.

 

The carnival atmosphere made for a pleasant experience despite humidity levels at above 70 per cent.

"There was lots of atmosphere and it made it a good little race," Swanton said.

"It was a very wet bike ride, but it didn't really bother anyone too much.

"I used to do a lot of triathlons, but I haven't raced for about six years and everything is a bit old and threadbare."

In a huge weekend with women in sport, Rockhampton's Rochelle Stenhouse took out the Sprint Triathlon category.

She took it out in 1:25:43 hours.

 

Rockhamptons Rochelle Stenhouse took out the Sprint Triathlon in the women at the tannum Sands Triathlon.
Rockhamptons Rochelle Stenhouse took out the Sprint Triathlon in the women at the tannum Sands Triathlon. Matt Taylor GLA031217TRI

"It was a little bit tough out there and pouring with rain the whole ride and the ocean was a little bit rough, but we got there in the end," Stenhouse said.

"It was a bit of a muggy and warm run, but the spectators were really cheering us on the whole way, so they made it worth it."

Stenhouse found the most challenging part was the 20km bike stretch.

 

Fitzroy Frogs Club president Craig McCormack said there were a lot of late entries which bumped competitor numbers.

"Mate it's been a fantastic event and it's always nice to get out down to Tannum Sands because we love this venue," McCormack said.

He was impressed with the amount of juniors at the event, but said it caters for all ages.

"Age is no limit on triathlon and you if you can swim, ride and run, you can just have a little bit of a go."

McCormack thanked the Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club and its volunteers to help with the running of the event.

WINNERS

Enticer Tri: Brodie Williams

Sprint Tri: Mason Hebbard (men); Rochelle Stenhouse (women)

Enticer Duathlon: Rodney Enkelmann (men); Sunshine Hage (women)

Enticer Aquathon: Annali Philpott

Standard Aquathon: Kate Bell

Team Triathlon Enticer: Team Kyhaceys



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