This Sunday saw a sold-out field of seasoned veterans, World Championship hopefuls and first-time triathletes take to the starting line at the Kamay Botany Bay National Park for Race #1 of the Sydney Sprints. Conditions were prime for fast racing – overcast, but not cold, and you couldn’t feel a breath of wind. With a stacked male open wave and age group fields of up to 75 athletes, spectators were treated to an exhilarating morning.
The first competitors dove into the water right on time at 7am, setting the pace for what proved to be a very quick morning. After a blistering swim leg, Sam Douglas exited the water in front, with Brady Goodyear and a group of competitors right on his feet. In the Women’s race, it was Ellie Hoitink with a solid lead after the first leg, followed in by Lotte Wilms & Lauren Kerwick.
Out onto the bike course, there were two men taking control of the race – Nuru Somi and Sam Douglas. Tussling for position at the head of the field, Nuru and Sam were able to accrue a lead of over 1.5 minutes by the time they completed the 20km cycle and began the 3-lap run course through the National Park. Meanwhile, the Women’s race was tightening up, with the eventual top 15 females all riding within a minute and a half of each other, and Jacqueline Burnand starting the run in first.
It didn’t take long for Somi to open a sizeable break between himself, Douglas and the male competitors, and with each passing lap it was clear that no one was going to be able to bridge the gap. Nuru crossed the finish line in a face-paced time of 55.56, with Sam Douglas following behind him at 56.42 and Brady Goodyear rounding out the top three with a time of 58.00.
In the Women’s race, Burnand was able to hold her lead with the second fastest run split of the day, finishing in a time of 1:07.53. Amy Edwards & Lotte Wilms, who ended second and third respectively, had a virtual sprint finish (caused by differing wave start times), rounding out the Kurnell Triathlon in times of 1:08.38 and 1:08.39.
As the bulk of the field made their way onto the run course, the sun peaked its way through the clouds and made for a beautiful post-race morning. Huge thanks go to the amazing team of volunteers who assisted on the day – beyondblue, Cronulla Tri Club, the Technical Officials and all the individuals who gave up their time on a Sunday morning to make the race possible.
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Race 2 is set for the 8th of April 2018, and will include a Super Sprint (Enticer) distance, which is the perfect opportunity for you to convince a mate to give triathlon a go.
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