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February, 2017:

Husky Tri Festival – 17-19 February 2017

Report by Caroline Makin, Club Captain

Some Vikings masters swimmers don’t just swim hard in the pool, they “Tri” hard too!

We have had a history of club members taking part in triathlons over the recent years and especially the Big Husky Triathlon Festival every February.  This year, Caz Makin was the lone Viking who headed to Huskisson for the weekend of 17-19 February 2017 for this huge annual event.

Caz had big plans for the weekend, taking part in 3 events over 3 days and also caught up with a number of friends from Vikings Tri club during the weekend of sport and socialising.

The kick off event was the 1k Ocean Swim on the Friday evening.  Caz took on the field in the 2-lap course in overcast but relatively calm conditions compared to previous years, and crossed the finish line in a time of 14 minutes 51 seconds finishing in 1st place in her F40-49 age group from 26 swimmers and placing 7th fastest female from 125 behind all the youngsters!

The next morning it was the Sprint Triathlon event consisting of a 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run. Caz came out of the water in 1st position almost 50 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor in the F45-49 age group. Heavy rain started to come down for the bike leg with the skies then clearing for the 5k run leg. Caz placed 22nd from 66 competitors in the F45-49 age group in a overall time of 1:28:13 – 2 seconds quicker than in 2016.

The finale event for the weekend is always the Long Course Triathlon (2k swim, 83k bike, 20k run) on the Sunday morning.  Team SPINSTARS comprised Caz in the swim leg, Caz’s hubby Scott in the bike leg and PRM friend, Wes in the run leg. The SPINSTARS put on a great performance finishing in 12th place from 74 Mixed Teams, and 25th overall place from 147 Teams.

This is a great event for swimmers as well as triathletes, so if you have mates who can cycle or run, you should think about putting a team together for the Sprint Triathlon or the Long Course Triathlon events and come and experience the Big Husky in 2018!

 

Sri Chinmoy Lake Swims – 19 February 2017

Report by Anne Smyth

Sri Chinmoy LogoThe annual Sri Chinmoy Lake Swims are Canberra’s oldest competitive lake swims, held since 1987, and well known for the friendly atmosphere and the beautiful location at Yarralumla Bay. This year it was a beautiful crisp Sunday morning on 19 February 2017.  The water was flat, the sky was blue and clear and there was no wind – perfect! Well, almost perfect – the only minor inconvenience encountered was the difficulty sighting ahead on the second leg, as the sun was in a tricky spot!

A dozen Tuggeranong Masters swimmers took part this year.

In the 5km event Ben and Jenna Freeman both took out first place in the U50s, with Nick Grinter (almost a Viking!) collecting third place in the same division. Greg Gourley (second 60-69M), Nicolee Martin (first 50-59F) and Suzie Gunning (second 50-59F) all had great swims, while Andrea Teunissen showed real determination completing her swim.

In the 2.5 km swim, our Vikings ladies took all the glory in the 50-59F division with Anne Smyth, Jeanette Droop and Ann Reid finishing in first, second and third! Merilyn Bassett finished first in her 60-69F age group and it was great to see Ian Hampton up from Cooma, taking out second place in the 60-69M group. Dave Hennessy also had a good swim, finishing in the top ten in the 50-59M grouping.

In the 500m swim, both Catherine Alexander (second place) and Maria Castles (fourth place) had very enjoyable swims.

Pancakes were a well deserved treat at the end of the race!

Full results are here.