26 Jul, 2018 / 0
The Greater Springfield Duathlon, Australia’s largest duathlon event took place last weekend with hundreds of athletes taking to the streets of Springfield.
Another chilly start didn’t deter athletes in the slightest. The run course showcased the Springfield’s Robelle Domain and the always challenging local hills put on show the Greatness that Springfield has to offer.
One of the biggest clubs in attendance was the Gold Coast’s T-Rex Triathlon, with 31 of it’s members using it as a lead in race to Septembers World Championships. “We have 4 athletes preparing for the 70.3 World Championships and 31 competing at the World Championship event on the Gold Coast in September. This race is great for them to prepare and its hilly bike course is very relevant to the type of training that they are doing at the moment. The ones who are not going to World Champs use the Springfield Duathlon to keep them motivated to train through the winter, it gives them a goal and something to look forward to” said Teresa Theaker (Team T-Rex Coach)
Four time consecutive winner, Briarna Silk again took first place in the standard distance event, with her Red Dog Triathlon training buddy James Dimsey taking out the win for a second consecutive year.
In the sprint distance event, Luke Harvey and Emily Donker were named Sprint Duathlon Champions.
One of the most inspiring and memorable efforts of the day was 84 year old, Jolyon Ward finishing off the standard distance event by running through a tunnel of supporting and cheering fans, earning the Age Group Champion title for another year. Jolyon has taken part in the State Championship Duathlon since 2004, and recalls the event starting in Kingaroy before moving to the Gold Coast, Gatton and now Springfield. The move to Springfield was welcomed by Jolyon, “It’s a great course, no traffic (closed course), the road surface is beautiful and wide corners allow for safe turns” said Jolyon.
Hosting the state championship and being a qualification race for athletes to make the Australian Age Group team for the ITU World Championships added prestige to the race which is known for its challenging, technical course.
Race participants were also there to collect points in the Nissan State Series, which includes 16 races across Queensland. Races 2 and 3 are coming up this weekend, these include The Yeppoon Triathlon Festival & The Coral Coast Triathlon.
Full race results available here
Greater Springfield Duathlon Champions:
|Jade Gordon||7-9||Huxley Bertsos|
|Madison Turner||10-11||Daniel Prinsloo|
|Mia Wooldridge||12-13||Lachlan Crome|
|Erin Wooldridge||14-15||Tom Feldmann|
|Ella Wooldridge||16-17||Lachlan Medway|
|Casey Atkins||18-19||Luke Harvey|
|Lisa Cockman||20-24||David Pinto|
|Emily Donker||25-29||Max Richardson|
|Jackie Phillips||30-34||Luke Lythgoe|
|Stephanie Albert||35-39||Luke Gollschewski|
|Cath Rogers||40-44||Ben Walters|
|Rochelle Hammond||45-49||Ian Watson|
|Lyndal Green||50-54||Eddie Leathers|
|Marion Sanders||55-59||Francis Mahony|
|Linda Meredith||60-64||Neil Cullen|
|Cynthia Cliff||65-69||Roy Kisbee|
|Christie Johnson||20-24||Jye Spriggs|
|Jessica Parnwell||25-29||Troy Ruston|
|Briarna Silk||30-34||Nicholas Hull|
|Nicole Gunthorpe||35-39||James Dimsey|
|Rosie McGeoch||40-44||Jamie Simmonds|
|Lisa Hughes||45-49||Brett Jenkins|
|Angela Clarke||50-54||Adrian Pearce|
|Jenny Alcorn||55-59||David Watson|
|Penny Hearn||60-64||Neil Smith|