The Newcastle Foreshore came alive on Sunday for the 27th annual Sparke Helmore Newcastle City Triathlon, organised by H Events. As Newcastle’s premier multisport event, the Standard Distance race was doubly important as both the NSW State Championship event and an Age Group World Championship qualifying event.
Beautiful weather welcomed over 1000 competitors to the sparkling harbour for an iconic city race, with a cycling course that challenged even the fittest of athletes. In the women’s Standard Distance, local Ellen Guiney of Newcastle Tri Club took line honours in a cracking time of 2:19:01, closely followed by Scone Triathlon Club President, Nicky Western, in 2:21:26.
Meanwhile, in the men’s race, Tomaree Tri Club young gun Caleb Agostino-Morrow took the gold with a smoking 1:55:51 race, followed by Hamish Longmuir of Central Coast Tri Club in 2:01:49.
Triathlon NSW CEO Adam Wicks, in attendance at the State Championship, emphasised how important the race was for the Hunter region.
“It’s so important to the triathlon landscape that local race directors, with the support of the local community, continue to run events and support multisport opportunities in the state.
“It’s heart-warming to see many local clubs attending; a lot of the competitors were from Maitland and Newcastle Tri Clubs,” says Wicks. “Without them the event wouldn’t happen.”
The awards presentation saw nineteen NSW State Champions crowned, earning them not only bragging rights but a place in the NSW Hall of Fame.
Our thanks go to Paul Humphreys of H Events for his great organisation of the event, and we look forward to an even bigger event next year.
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