It was a great weekend of racing across the globe with ironmans, marathons and ocean swims
Andy White was on debut in Kona for the Ironman World Championships and had a great day. A strong 52min swim had the Captain out of the water as planned well ahead of the age group peloton that happens in Kona. Being able to ride his own race and ride smart he got to 160k before getting a flat, but he kept his head down and got on with the job and back into T2. While only his 3rd Ironman Andy ran to plan and made up some 20+ spots in his age group getting home in 9hr 46min. Well done on a well-executed race.
Back in Australia and Mon Liston showed off the work she has been doing on her swim, racing the Burleigh Heads ocean swim. Mon had a great swim in rough conditions getting around the 2k course in just over 30mins.
Down to Melbourne for the Melbourne Marathon Festival and MEC had 7 running across the half and full distance.
Kerri Thomas made the trek down to Victoria after putting in a good block of training leading into the event. Sticking perfectly to schedule looking for a 3h 45min finish time Kerri came in 3h 45min 31sec. A great result with only a handful of months training with a new coach and there will be plenty more improvement to come.
Travis Hill had a good run taking on his first stand-alone marathon. Running the marathon well is a tough ask but Trav fared well stopping the clock under 4hrs in 3hrs 58min. Neo as he is known in the group has come a great way in his time training in endurance sports and continues to learn and improve year to year.
Stuart White used the marathon as part of his training heading towards races later in the year to get good running time in the legs and has shown big improvements in his fitness finishing in 4hrs 01min. A good sign of thing for the back end of the year.
We had two athletes in the half marathon that were out running with family members as part of the event. Peter Howes ran with his sister and got around the 21km in 1hr 44min while David Lloyd ran with his daughter and finished in 1hr 55min.
David Cunningham continues his remarkable comeback and did the half as part of his training getting around comfortably in 2hr 01min.
Kathy Delos Santos back up from a long ride the day before to do the half marathon and handled it well showing that she is ready ahead of her first half ironman next month.
Well done to everyone with great results all round