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Greater Springfield Duathlon

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
SPRINT
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
70-74 Graham Beale
75-79 Ross Salmon
 STANDARD
 – 18-19
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
65-69 Ron Smith
80-84 Jolyon Ward