Blenheim Physiotherapy Bike HQ Triathlon Summer series – Race 1 Results

18 10 2009

Roger SwimmingPhoto Courtesy Marlborough Express

The first race of the Blenheim Physiotherapy Bike HQ Triathlon Summer series was run on Sunday in conditions which appeared to be more like those experienced in Winter. The rain did, however, stay away and reasonable times were recorded for the first race of the season.

Athletes that had represented New Zealand at the recent World Triathlon Champs on the Gold Coast showed the benefit of their intensive training and high level competition. In the Men’s long triathlon Mark Grammer made no race of it. He was first out of the pool with a lead of 3 minutes over Phil Binnie and steadily increased this through the bike leg and into the run to eventually finish 12 minutes ahead of the next competitor in a time of 1.01.55.

In the Women’s long triathlon it was expected that the winner would come from either the local veteran Almuth Waechter or Rachael Monk as the two had duelled throughout the Winter in various Duathlon’s. This time Waechter showed the benefit of her swim training in her preparation for the World Champs and she lead out of the pool by by one and a half minutes – a lead which she steadily increased to eventually take line honours by just over three minutes in 1.14.28.

It was to be a good day for the Waechter family with Tore Waechter winning the local college long triathlon (1.21.52) and younger brother Sverre Waechter taking out the college medium triathlon (51.54).

In other results Christopher Grammer emulated his father by winning the medium triathlon (38.35), Ben Wade was the first male home in the long duathlon (1.24.57) and Sharon Kent won the Women’s long duathlon (1.20.44).

The next race in the series is on 15 November and for many this will be their final hit out before the South Island Half Ironman Champs two weeks later in Ashburton.

Photos here.

Marlborough Express article here.




One response

19 10 2009
Steve Smith

What is it about the Marlborough Express and Roger Golding’s mouth?

There is a small change in format this year with the Club Tri Champ being determined by points earned over all races, 5 for 1st, 4 for 2nd etc with the Michael Huntley race being double points. To qualify you do need to be a paid up member ($25 p.a).

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