On Sunday 24 November, double Olympic medalist Bevan Docherty from New Zealand (pictured) joined us for a home event starting at Harrington Sound Dock. Bevan had been an excellent guest speaker at our Annual Awards Dinner the evening before, sharing stories about his breakthrough into triathlon and his recent switch to the Ironman distances. We were also joined by one of our two local Olympians, Tyler Butterfield.
Thank you to Dave Morrison for organising the event, to Patty Petty for timekeeping, and to Mark Robinson for his hospitality at breakfast afterwards.
Conditions were far from ideal–quite apart from the early start following the dinner the night before! The wind was gusting up to gale force. To avoid the worst of the wind, and in the interests of safety, the organisers made a last minute decision to reduce the cycle course to 16km. The swim and run courses were 750m and 5km, respectively, making the overall course just short of a regular sprint distance.
In a very tight finish, Team Butterfield (comprising Tyler, Dominic Mayo and Matthew Oliveira) edged out Team Docherty (comprising youngsters Alex Pilgrim, Justin Ferreira and Bevan) by two seconds. Heather Cooper was in third and was the first individual finisher, showing just why she won the “Most Improved Female” award the night before!
The results were:
Home Event with Bevan Swim Bike Run Total
1 Team Butterfield 9.52 22.22 18.44 50.58
2 Team Docherty 10.4 22.45 17.35 51.00
3 Heather Cooper 13.4 25.06 23.05 1.01.51
4 Duncan Scott 14.08 26.43 21.52 1.02.43
5 Steven Petty 13.38 26.15 25.15 1.05.08
6 Team Godfrey 13.27 31.49 21.14 1.06.30
7 Joel Matthews 17.03 28.18 22.36 1.07.56
8 Kandis Mathews 15.56 30.15 24.48 1.10.59
9 Jen Wilson 16.05 32.38 26.26 1.15.09