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Vikings ‘Tri’ Batemans Bay – 2/3 April 2011

Three ambitious Vikings took on triathletes from ACT and NSW in the ‘trithebay’ Triathlon Festival at Bateman’s Bay on 2/3 April 2011.

Jill Blomeley, Caroline Makin and Kristen Leydon headed to the coast on this gloriously sunny Autumn weekend to compete in this inaugural event, and what will no doubt become a must do event each year on the triathlon calendar.

On the Saturday lunchtime, Caroline and Kristen competed in the 1km Ocean Swim Classic at Corrigan’s Beach.

In the F40-49 category, Caroline Makin won the silver medal, with Kristen Leydon taking 4th place in the same category.

Caroline finished 8th fastest female and 13th overall, with Kristen finishing 14th fastest female and 26th overall.

Kristen and Caroline with Silver Medal after the 1km Ocean Swim Classic race

Kristen and Caroline with Silver Medal after the 1km Ocean Swim Classic race

On the Sunday morning, Jill and Caroline competed as individuals, and Kristen took part as the cyclist in a team of three, in the Sprint Distance Triathlon.

From the 750m swim leg at Corrigan’s Beach that overlooks the Tollgate Islands, the competitors then took on the 20km cycle alongside the beach of Malua Bay and up and down a hilly course, twice around a 10km circuit, then finally a 5km run out and back running the boardwalk along the river Clyde passing spectators in the vibrant waterfront cafes.

Parachutist starts the Bateman's Bay Sprint Distance Triathlon event

Parachutist starts the Bateman's Bay Sprint Distance Triathlon event

Jill Blomeley finished in 11th place in the F30-39 category out of 23 competitors, and coming out of the water in 5th position (without the aid of a wetsuit!) in her category.

Caroline and Jill at the start of the swim leg of the Sprint Triathlon

Caroline and Jill at the start of the swim leg of the Sprint Triathlon

Caroline Makin finished in 10th place in the F40-49 category out of 15 competitors, and coming out of the water in 1st postion (without the aid of a wetsuit!) in her category, a whole 60 seconds ahead of her nearest competition in the swim :-)

Sprint Triathlon ladies attacking the first buoy in the swim leg

Sprint Triathlon ladies attacking the first buoy in the swim leg

Krsiten Leydon put in a stirling effort on the cycle leg for her team of three, who she agreed to help out only a couple of days earlier, as their regular cyclist (Catherine Alexander’s daughter) was unable to compete.  Kristen took to the hills around Bateman’s Bay on a borrowed hybrid bike and helped her team to win a bronze medal in the Mixed Teams category.

Kristen taking on the cycle leg in the Sprint Triathlon

Kristen taking on the cycle leg in the Sprint Triathlon

 

Caroline crossing the finishing line on the Sprint Triathlon

Caroline crossing the finishing line on the Sprint Triathlon

Well done for a magnificent effort and set of results from these three Viking ladies! Full results are available.

[All photos courtesy of Scott Makin]

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