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8 Defending Champions return to Hell of the West

31 Jan, 2018 / 0

All roads lead to Goondiwindi this weekend for the Triathlon Queensland State Championships – Long Course, held at the Hell of the West.

Known as Queensland’s toughest triathlon, the heat, wind and flies take their toll on athletes as they push through the 2/80/20 format.

Eight Queenslanders return to defend their State Champion title from last year:  Isobel Chisholm (20-245), Scott Farrell & Amie Munson (35-39), Ian Edwards & Cath Rogers (40-44), Wes Thompson (45-49), Janet McAfee (55-59) and Allan Pitman (65-69).

The age group field has attracted a who’s who of triathletes in Queensland, including Clare white, Fiona Lenz, Angela Clarke, Alison Coote, Mary Jackson and Leanda Robbins in the women’s field.  The men’s field includes Brendan Murray, Brad Dalrymple, Shane Kent, Robert Rhodes and Terrance Britt.

The Open field boasts a strong line up of Queensland members, including Damien Collins, who took out 3rd place in the Hervey Bay 100 last November, and Jarrod Harvey, stepping up to the open category following the fastest age group time at Hell of the West 2017.  The Open Women’s field includes Queenslanders Alise Selsmark, 2nd at the Hervey Bay 100 last November, Emily Donker and Holly Grice.

This year’s Hell of the West has been expended to include Super Saturday – a 5 & 10k fun run, and a kids and short distance triathlon, making it a destination event for the whole family.