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November, 2010:

Sri Chinmoy Triple Triathlon — 21 November 2010

Event report from Caroline Makin & Brenda Day

The 14th Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon was held in and around Canberra on Sunday 21 November 2010. This event consists of three off-road triathlons back-to-back, an icon event celebrating the natural side of Canberra.

The event consists of the following elements …1.5 km swim/35 km MTB/20 km run/3.5 km swim/40 km MTB/12 km run/1.2 km swim/24 km MTB/13 km run.

It was an awesome day for four of our Vikings who took part in this event as swimmers making up four separate teams … each celebrating the camaraderie that goes with taking part in this sort of event as a relay team.

The Triple-Tri is a gruelling event and it was pretty hot for cyclists and runners, but the swimmers just “lapped” up the conditions! The three lakes (Lake Gininderra, Lake Burley Griffin and Lake Tuggeranong), were still coolish (around 21 degrees), so wetsuits were a huge asset.

Greg Gourley was the solo swimmer in the team ‘Two Bilbys and a Marlin’ and swam all three legs in times of 25:02; 48:45; 20:22.

Suzie Gunning was the solo swimmer in the team ‘mochafrppacino’ and swam all three legs in times of 28:03; 55:43; 22:20.

Brenda Day was one of three swimmers in the team ‘Go Go Girls 50+’ and swam the second leg in a time of 1:01:19.

Jill Blomeley also took part as one of three swimmers in the team ‘It Takes Two’ and this is an entire story in itself … she was recruited in an ambulance while taking a badly injured cyclist to hospital … the cyclist did not manage to recover in time for the Triple Tri event, but was there to cheer her team on.  Jill was swam the third leg in a time of 26:58.

Well done to all four swimmers for a great effort in this land mark event!

If you would like to know more, see the full event info and results on the Sri Chinmoy website.

ACT Interclub Duel Meet — 14 November 2010

Meet report from Anne Smyth

Swimmer TrophyOn a wet Sunday afternoon in November, a contingent of brave Vikings members fronted up to Queanbeyan 50m outdoor pool for the third ACT Interclub Duel Meet with Molonglo Water Dragons.

There were nine swimmers and a few cheerleaders and helpers too attending this local event on 14 November 2010.  Light rain fell on the swimmers during the warm up, which by all accounts was quite pleasant whilst swimming!!!

The timekeepers braved the elements outside and a few races were run until the time keepers and starter could stand the rain now more and the contingent moved inside to the warmth of the indoor 25m pool!  It was a nice low-key meet, giving everyone a chance to swim in race conditions.

Well done to Nerida Peljo who swam in her first competition!!

Luke McGowan was our sole male representative and sadly had no relay to swim in! Come on boys … where were you??!! …however, we will excuse Greg Gourley as he was there cheering and timekeeping, but did not compete, as he had already done a 9km swim that day!

Vikings team members competing on the day were Nerida Peljo, Asuko McGowan, Ann Reid, Gillian Sharp, Cecelia Key, Pam Munday, Anne Smyth, Leisa Cass and Luke McGowan.

Thanks to Greg, Gillian Laughton and Bruce Laughton for helping with officiating and time-keeping.

Full Results are available on the NSW Masters Swimming website.

Sri Chinmoy National Capital Swim — 14 November 2010

Event report from Caroline Makin

The 7th annual Sri Chinmoy National Capital Swim for Solo Swimmers and Relay Teams was staged on Sunday 14 November 2010. Despite a forecast of rain and wind threatening to make for tough going, conditions turned out nigh perfect for this open water event.  A water temperature of around 21 degrees allowed more than half the field to swim sans-wetsuit.

One solo Viking, Greg Gourley, donned his wetsuit and swam his way up the entire 9km length of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin.

‘Iron-man’ Greg achieved this mammoth swim in a fantastic time of 2:36:53, finishing in 9th place overall in the solo competition, 1st place in his age group, and 10th place overall including the five teams.

The 9km swim consisted of four legs, and Greg’s splits were as follows:

1.79 Km   28:30
2.53 Km   44:24
2.76 Km   54:56
1.87 Km   29:03

….. pretty impressive Greg … well done!

Full report and results are available on the Sri Chinmoy website.