CATS offer a gentle introduction to sport of triathlons

Competitors at Sunday’s CATS’ triathlon event.  Photo contributed
Competitors at Sunday’s CATS’ triathlon event. Photo contributed

In an effort to encourage more people to take up their sport, the Cobar Athletics & Triathlon Squad (CATS) held a Try-A-Tri day on Sunday.

It was hoped the shorter swim/ride/run course would entice people who considered themselves not fit enough to complete the club’s regular long or short courses to compete as well as also encouraging younger athletes to consider taking up the sport.

There were 23 new registrations on Sunday morning, 16 of which tackled the Tri-A-Try course which was run as a scratch race.

As a gentle introduction to the sport, the Try-A-Try participants completed a 100m swim (two laps of the pool), a 2km cycle and a 750m run. The winners were Team Thunder (Kristie Beehan, James Cremona and Clare Cremona) with the MCT team of Milla Davey, Chloe Griffiths and Tommy Rogers finishing in second place.

Back in third spot was the Real Winner team of Daniel Buckman, Jayden Cryer and Parker Cryer.

For the regular handicapped events, two individuals and one team completed the long course (500m swim/20km cycle/4km run), while six individuals and one team tackled the short course (300mswim/10km cycle/2km run).

The overall handicapped winner was Raymond Jones who finished the short course in super quick time and knocked off an incredible six minutes and 15 seconds off his previous best time.

Second best overall was the NTT team of Nikki Davey (swim) and Trudy Griffiths (ride and run) who completed the long course. Third overall was Bourke competitor, Tammy Watson, who set a new female long course record of 1hr 13min 49sec.

Watson beat Alex Eves’ record of last season of 1hr 18min 40sec.