Two athletes break the CATS’ Short Course record

Axel Fairfull and Isaac Theakston pictured at the Cobar Memorial Swimming Pool after both broke the CATS club’s triathlon Short Course record on January 15. ▪ Contributed

Two athletes broke the Cobar Athletics & Triathlon Squad’s (CATS) Short Course record at the club’s January triathlon event on January 15.

Isaac Theakston and Axel Fairfull were neck and neck as they fought it out over a 200m swim, 5km ride and 2km run last Sunday.

Fairfull, the better swimmer of the pair, was out of the pool more than half a minute in front of Theakston and had the edge going into the bike leg.

Theakston however reined in the deficit on the bike and followed it up with a strong run home to beat Fairfull by four seconds at the finish line.

Theakston took more than a minute and a half off his previous best time and his new personal best time of 33 minutes and four seconds is now the official course record.

Fairfull also beat the previous short course record of 33.27 (held by Findlay Robinson) when he finished just four seconds behind Theakston on 33.08.

The pair led the field of seven individuals and two teams (including first timers, Team Get It Done which was made up of Aiden, Ashton and London Hyland) who competed at the CATS monthly event.

Skylar Fairfull, who finished in 55 minutes and 47 seconds, was the Handicap winner on the day.

The January triathlon was a good training session for the CATS members who will head up the field for tomorrow’s Australia Day triathlon which offers big prizes for the male, female and team outright winners and runners-up.

The triathlon (organised by the CATS committee) is the opening event on Cobar Shire Council’s Australia Day program.

See Council’s advertisement on Pages 4 and 5 for details of the triathlon and other events planned for Australia Day in Cobar.