Michelle makes come-back in Ashburton

1 12 2009

Michelle Gammie-Catterick was too quick for any of her rivals at the South Island half ironman champs in Ashburton on Saturday.  She easily win her age group race in a time of 5.10.35.

She was first out of the water in a time of 31.24 for the 1.9km course which gave her a lead of 6 minutes, but then powered away in the 90km cycle and 21km run to eventually better her nearest rival, Almuth Waechter also of Marlborough, by over 39 minutes. She was also 5th women overall which was a remarkable feat considering that the first 3 placegetters were under 25 and the 4th placegetter was in her early 30’s.

All of the athletes arriving in Ashburton had one eye on the weather as conditions on the Friday were appalling with gale force winds and warnings for the likes of trampers and holiday makers to try and stay indoors for the weekend. However, this was  one time when all the competitors were glad that the weather forecasters didn’t get it quite right.  Race day arrived with calm winds, overcast sky but freezing temperatures more reminiscent of winter. This saw many on the cycling leg actually taking the time to wear more clothing than is often the case and which is certainly not the norm for triathlons of any size. ‘I did find it really cold but at the worst moments tried to just concentrate on keeping my form’ said Gammie-catterick. The win has her on course for a good race at the Taupo Ironman in March – a race she won in its inaugural year 25 years ago.

Full results here

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