First triathlon event of the season brings out a big crowd

New participants in Sunday’s CATS’ first triathlon event of the season at the Cobar Memorial Swimming Pool: Tilly Doll, Ashley Cousins, Sienna Jones, Isla McKervey and Cora McKervey (before the rain).

Triathlon events are meant to throw up a few challenges to competitors and the par-ticipants in the Cobar Athletics & Triathlon Squad’s (CATS) first event of the season on Sunday sure were faced with plenty of chal-lenges, including pouring rain.
The club had a record 34 athletes register to participate in their Long Course, Short Course and also their Try-a-Tri introductory triathlon events on Sunday morning.
It’s the CATS biggest turn-out in memory, with 33 the previous best attendance.
The club’s Short Course (300m swim/10okm ride/2km run) current record holder, Hannah Young was back in town on the weekend to defend the course record she set in January this year.
On Sunday she went one better and beat her previous record to set a new time of 39 minutes 55 seconds.
Isaac Theakston set a new personal best (PB) time of 35.54 which was just 30 seconds off the men’s Short Course record.
The Handicapped winners on the day were Team Young & Old (Chris Powell and To-lu Adesina) who completed the long course (500m swim/20km ride/4km run) in 1 hour, 11 minutes and 34 seconds.
Another Long Course team, The Naumans (Tommy Bryan, Zac Broughton and Nauman Faisal), finished in second place and Isaac Theakston was third overall in the handi-capped event.
In the Try-a-Tri event there were five indi-viduals and three teams with a total of 14 com-petitors overall taking on the 200m swim, 5km ride and 2km run.
It’s hoped the rain didn’t scare them off and they’ll be back again for more events.
Along with the 14 that competed in the Try-a-Tri, the club also welcomed nine new compet-itors on Sunday.