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Triathlon

Nowra Triathlon – 13 January 2013

Three Vikings pals headed to Nowra for the Sprint Triathlon on 13 January to kick start 2013 …. Caroline Makin, Nicolee Martin and Kristen Leydon did us swimmers proud ….

Caz finished 6th fastest overall female in the swim, Nicolee 10th and Kristen 70th from 105 female swimmers. A fabulous weekend away with lots of laughs except for the stingers in the river, but at least the very strong current made for a very very quick 750m swim!

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Sri Chinmoy Triple Triathlon – 4 November 2012

Report by Greg Gourely

Sri Chinmoy LogoOn Sunday 4 November 2012, five brave (or somewhat crazy) club members prepared to swim in the three pristine lakes of Canberra as members of teams in the Sri Chinmoy Triple Triathlon. This event consists of three off-road triathlons back-to-back.

Swim Leg 1

The race began at 6am when two of our club members Nina Maguire and Greg Gourley entered Lake Ginninderra for a quick 1.5 km dash.  Luckily the weather was good and there was no fog over the water (unlike last year).   This leg is really easily to navigate as there is a giant yellow ball rising in the east, you swim straight at it for 750m  then turn left (to avoid hitting it!).

After the first swim, our swimmers have a couple of hours rest whilst their other teams members did battle cycling and running over the hilliest mountain tops of Canberra.

Swim Leg 2

Then at Lake Burley Griffin (where the distance jumps to 3.5 km) four of our members prepared to join the carp (and whatever else is in the lake !)

Gabe Stitt, Paul Hitchman, Nina and Greg swam (if they followed the course)  from Grevillia park under Anzac and Commonwealth Bridges to Acton.  Again the conditions were good and great times were done by all.

Again, after the swims, the other team members went off for their cycling and running.

Swim Leg 3

Lastly the swimmers took on Lake Tuggeranong. This is the dirtiest and least pleasant lake to swim in, nevertheless Gabe, Brenda Day, Nina and Greg braved it. It was a easy 1.2 km swim  which ran almost straight down the rowing course.  It’s a bit ironic that this leg finishes at McDonalds.

Finally, the good part, the swimmers got to go home and shower whilst their runner and cyclist were out on hills doing their best.

The event finished back at Lake Burley Griffin, where a few medicinal (carbo reloading) beverages were consumed and battles of the day retold.

Brenda's Team Celebrates

All club members should keep in mind that this is a fun event.  Greg has been doing it since the 1990′s and usually finds it pretty easy to get into a team, particularly since most of those triathletes out there cannot swim more than a few hundred metres,  so swimmers of all standards are eagerly sort after.

Our Vikings’ results:

Read the 2012 race report, view the photo album, as well as the full results on the Sri Chinmoy website.

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]