Big field for weekend’s triathlon

Holly ThompsonManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Competitors had the choice of running 12km in the long course or 4km in the short course on Saturday.
Camera IconCompetitors had the choice of running 12km in the long course or 4km in the short course on Saturday. Credit: Supplied

More than 300 competitors headed to the Karri Valley Resort at the weekend to take part in this year’s triathlon event.

About 290 people competed in the long and short courses on Saturday and there were about 50 children who took part in the junior events on Sunday.

Competitors start their swim on Saturday.
Camera IconCompetitors start their swim on Saturday. Credit: Supplied

Event organiser Anthony Wilson said the numbers were higher than last year which was more than he predicted would take part.

“It was a wonderful day for everyone and the majority of the event was smooth sailing thanks to everyone being so helpful, from the organisers, volunteers, spectators and competitors,” he said.

“Even the weather was in our favour, it was sunny and cool with some light winds which is perfect for a triathlon.”

The fastest time in the long course event and Male Open Category winner was Matt Burton, who crossed the finish line with a time of 2 hours 35 minutes, followed closely by Simon Billeau in second and Blake Kappier in third.

Male Open Catagory winner Matt Burton, middle, with runner-up Simon Billeau, left, and third place winner Blake Kappler, right.
Camera IconMale Open Catagory winner Matt Burton, middle, with runner-up Simon Billeau, left, and third place winner Blake Kappler, right. Credit: Supplied

The first female competitor and Female Open Category winner was Emily Loughnan, who finished 14th overall with a time of 2 hours 59 minutes.

Female Open Category winner Emily Loughnan in the middle of her run at the triathlon event.
Camera IconFemale Open Category winner Emily Loughnan in the middle of her run at the triathlon event. Credit: Supplied

The fastest time in the short course was Reece Harris with a time of 59 minutes, followed by Dean Sanders in second and Joel Keeble in third.

The first female competitor was Michelle Carranza, who finished 7th overall with a time of 1 hour 13 minutes.

Wilson said he was grateful to all members of the community including the Manjimup Scouts and Manjimup Senior High School for volunteering their time to help with the event.

Nigel Travers runs in the long course event on Saturday.
Camera IconNigel Travers runs in the long course event on Saturday. Credit: Supplied
Male Open Category winner Matt Burton gave his speech at the presentations for the event.
Camera IconMale Open Category winner Matt Burton gave his speech at the presentations for the event. Credit: Supplied
A competitor tackles the cycling part of the event through the Karri forests.
Camera IconA competitor tackles the cycling part of the event through the Karri forests. Credit: Supplied

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