I know a lot of you are keen to hear how our mob went at Mandurah 70.3 on November 9th. We mostly had solid results but also one ‘casualty’ of the heat.Through no fault of her own, Katherine Ryan was a victim of the extreme heat on the day. She was well hydrated but had been unable to manage her core temperature and so collapsed only 3 km from the finish line. Katherine went into this race with a clear goal to win her category and take the spot for Kona. In the same category was Gina Grayson and Michelle Boyes with the same idea. All three women are superb athletes and consequently it was a race from the gun. There was no time to stand under a tree to cool down. Naturally, Katherine gave it her all with (not quite) catastrophic results. We know she will have other opportunities to fulfill this dream. Needless to say, Katherine, didn’t go out dancing on Sunday night but she has recovered and is looking forward to the next challenge.
The Ironkids had a nice day out. They all looked very relaxed and were pleased with their races. Peter Rash (just off the plane from Korea) 5:18; Haytham El Ansary 5:02 (best race in a while with no cramping); Morgan Marsh 5:25 (did it with a ‘leg in the air’) and Henrietta Ireland placed 3rd in her group earning a spot for World 70.3 champs in Canada next year, 5:39 (wishes she had tried harder!).
Yvonne Rash relieved to get it finished in her least best time over this distance (5:50) and 5th in her age group.
Janet Ferguson did have time to stand under a tree and cool down before extending her winning margin in the 50 to 54 year age group, 5:01.54. And no, she doesn’t want to go to Kona or Canada for any more long races!
Finally congratulations to the ROOKIES. Suzie Baxter-Green (6:07), EeLyn Au (6:09) and Phil Felton (5:23).
Great job kids in very trying conditions. Pictured here is EeLyn and Suzie looking absolutely fabulous!
Our team folk: Mandy Coles finished the 90 km cycle in 3:15 ‘hot but happy’ and Kristy Montgomery made sure to look after herself while running 21km in 35 degree heat.
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Thanks to friends and family for making the journey down to support our athletes. It was appreciated by all.