Triathletes conquer Port Macquarie event

Canowindra’s Julie Middleton made an impressive Ironman Triathlon debut at Port Macquarie on the weekend finishing third in her age category.

Competing for the first time over the Ironman distance of 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and 42km run Julie completed the event in 12 hours 58 minutes and 47 seconds.

The winners of each age category qualifying for the Ironman World Championships which are held in Hawaii.

Julie was one of a large contingent of Canowindra triathletes to compete at Port Macquarie.

Canowindra was also represented in the 70.3 or half ironman event at Port Macquarie.

The Tri Mums team of Margie Duguid and Kristy Blakeley were joined by Scott Wallace who filled in for the injured Renee Sunderland.

Renee, who injured her wrist two weeks before the event said the atmosphere was just amazing and thanked Scott for filling in.

Margie completed the 1.9km swm in 34 minutes and 58 seconds, Scott the 90km ride in 2 hours and 46 minutes and Kristy the run in 2 hours 32 minutes and 31 seconds.

”We’re all baby triathletes, (except for Scott) and part of the Tri Mums Club,” Renee said.

Canowindra’s Rosanne Holmes was also a member of another half ironman team joined by Cowra’s Amanda Sullivan and Ben Allen from Orange for the event.

Rosanne did the big leg, completing the course in three hours and 24 minutes.

All of the Canowindra competitors are part of the Barnyard training group from Orange.

“The vibe of the place is just amazing,” Renee said of the Port Macquarie event.

In other triathlon news Canowindra High School teacher Bron Porter is among seven Cowra Triathlon Club members selected to represent Australia at the ITU World Championships in the Netherlands later this year.

Bron will be joined by her husband Dave in the Australian team for the Sprint distance world championships.

The Sprint triathlon involves a 750 metre swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run.

Bron and Dave qualified for the event after competing in four of the Australian qualifiers which began in October last year.

They travelled to events in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Canberra to gain qualifying points for the Australian team.

The top 20 on the points table for each age division is eligible for a spot on the Australian team with Bron finishing in second position at the end of the qualifying races.

Races were also held in Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania during the sesason.