The weather may not have been ideal, but that didn’t stop the MEC athletes posting great result over the weekend.
Challenge Melbourne – The cold front was expected and it delivered on Sunday morning in Melbourne. The 3 MEC athletes racing Challenge Melbourne prepared for the challenging conditions and knew it was a matter of ignoring the numbers and relying on their preparation.
Christine Seymour had been building to this race throughout the summer season and was bringing good form to the start line of her debut half iron distance event. A very well executed swim, bike and run saw her have a great day and finishing all smiles in 5hr 40min and 8th in her age group.
Ben Hughes decided he wanted to make his long course tri comeback and Challenge Melbourne was going to be the one for it. Ben is a great athlete and after taking a hiatus from training and racing it was great to see him back and certainly showing there is still plenty left in his body. A strong all round race got Ben home in 4hr 45min and 13th in his age group.
Andy White got the ball rolling not long ago after a well-earned break post Busselton IM where he qualified for Kona. With a different lead in to Challenge Melbourne he strung together a strong race and finished with a great run to take 2nd on the podium in his age group in 4hr 17min.
Run for the Kids
Across town on Sunday it would have been an experience at the top of the Bolte Bridge in the high winds. Travis Hill lined up and had a great run over the 14.8k course and even managed to clock a 10k pb in the process. With a run focused year Travis is already posting great improvements.
Kathy Delos Santos continues to improve posting a time that was 7min quicker that her time last year. Well done Kathy.
Up north in the Capital Leanne Keating rounded out a big week of training with the Canberra 50km running event. Using this as part of her training leading up to Ultraman in Noosa next month Leanne got through the day comfortably with a smile knowing she had a 200km ride in the legs the day before the 50k.