New Year’s goals achieved at CATS’ first event

The handicap winners from Sunday’s triathlon Naomi Whitehurst and Greg McKervey (Team SnoopNood), Montana Daniel and Hannah Young.

Nine Cobar Athletics & Triathlon Squad (CATS) members have already ticked off one of their 2021 improvement goals for the season with all recording quick times at the club’s January triathlon event on Sunday.

Some hard training over the past month paid off for Montana Daniel who finished as the handicap winner after shaving six minutes off her previous personal best (PB) time.

Montana completed the short course (300m swim, 10km ride and 2km run) in 51min 37sec, with new PB’s set on each of the three legs.

The SnoopNood team of Greg McKervey and Naomi Whitehurst grabbed second place after completing the short course in 42.52.

They shaved five minutes off their previous PB.

In third place was ex-local Hannah Young who beat her nominated time by more than three minutes.

Hannah also smashed the women’s Short Course record set by Steph Baker back in Nov 2018 finishing on Sunday in a time of 40.46.

On any other day improvements of two and a half minutes and two minutes respectively, would have earned Chad Buckman, and Axel Fairfull podium positions but, in amongst Sunday’s tough competition, they had to settle for 4th and 5th places.

After a good start, Raymond Jones, with a fast time in his swim (one second off PB) and ride (nine seconds better), he was looking like the man to catch however Ray sustained an  ankle injury on the run leg and was unable to finish.

There was only one competitor on Sunday for the Long Course (500m swim, 20km ride and 4km run), with first time CATS competitor Luke Caldwell finishing very close to his estimated time of 69 minutes.

He recorded 68min 54sec.

The club will hold a bonus event this month with the Australia Day Race kicking off this year’s Australia Day celebrations. (See advertisement on Page 5 for further details.)