Esplanade Hotel Twilight Triathlon Feb 22 2014

Esplanade Hotel Twilight Triathlon
The 22nd February 2014 saw the second running of the  Esplanade Hotel logo Twilight Triathlon . Athletes were greeted with mild temperatures but the  blustery sou’wester was the cause of this which was going to make for an interesting race. The 500m swim was tide assisted , starting at Pensioner’s Point and proceeding to the yacht club boat ramp .

Twilight 2014 Swim Start

Twilight 2014 Swim Start

Wind and tide assistance made for a fast swim , though there was just enough chop to make it interesting for the pool swimmers.  Emerging from the water next to the remaining Alex Scott Flag ( the other one had to be later retrieved from the deep ) , was local athlete Matt Sullivan . Athletes pushed into the southwesterly breeze toward Cape Paterson turning at the Crossover Cycle Turnaround for a fast return to Inverloch. Shortly after the turn Matt Sullivan was in front with ETPA coach Jamie Edwards in second having passed  several riders in front of him .

Matt ready to run

Matt ready to run

At the final transition Matt arrived almost a minute in front of Jamie Edwards and Sam Beveridge close behind in third with the fastest bike time of the day . The run was a close affair with Jamie managing to eat into Matt’s lead and take out the race over Matt by just 9 seconds in a time of 1:04:48 .   Former elite junior cyclist Sam Beveridge was 2 minutes behind in third . There was a bit of a wait for 4th place with veteran athlete Phil Hanley just under 5 minutes behind the young brigade . Phil is clearly in good form leading into the Melbourne Ironman in 4 weeks time .

Kara Landells coming into finish

In the women’s race Kara Landells exited  the water well ahead and in 10th place overall . She posted a solid bike and a sizzling run completing the 5 km in under 20 minutes to post a finishing time of 1:15:13. In second place was club treasurer Michelle Harris again posting a great run of around 21 minutes.  A further 9 minutes back the webmaster’s daughter

Hand in Hand !

Hand in Hand !

Melanie Whitehouse and her friend Bridie Watt who had been dragged down from Melbourne to do  the race ran hand in hand across the finish line to finish in equal third. All presentations have been held in the hotel after our races . In the teams event local rivalries were rife with  Cameron Wright’s team GCP this time able to hold out Darren Taylor’s  team Inverloch by a minute and a half  – that apparent makes it 2-1 . In the second biggest age group of the race , 50-54 males another local derby was on . Local doctor Rick Whitehouse’s  recent return to form however was still not enough to catch the local park ranger Brian Martin who put in a solid race to win the age group .

Action in Transition

Action in Transition

Presentations were held in the the Esplanade hotel after the event.

The club would like to thank all the competitors for coming down and making this unique afternoon triathlon a great event . Thanks to our major sponsors , series sponsor Alex Scott , race sponsor The Esplanade , Crossover Cycles and Voyage Fitness . We would like to thank all our volunteers, Inverloch Surf Lifesaving Club , SES , Coastal Crewzers and Robbie T ,  without whom we would not be able to run our events.  Thanks to Tomato Timing  for on the day timing where you can obtain the full results  -> This concludes the Alex Scott Series for 2014 , but don’t forget the Keeping Kids on Track Fun Run on Saturday 15th of March – see you there.

from left Jaimie , Matt , Sam

from left Jaimie , Matt , Sam





from right , Kara , Michelle , Bridie , Melanie

from right , Kara , Michelle , Bridie , Melanie


 Photos from the Event







The KEEPING KIDS ON TRACK Funrun is BACK in 2014!! Bigger and better!!
Following on from it’s beginnings in 2012 with 170 competitors, to an astounding 480 in 2013, we are excited to announce the date for this event in 2014 – SATURDAY MARCH 15 – put it in your diary NOW!!

Join us in Kilcunda, with your family and friends to enjoy as little as a leisurely 3km stroll, or challenge yourself with a longer distance, (5km, 10km, 15km, 21.1km), all the while experiencing the breath-taking views along the Kilcunda-Wonthaggi Rail Trail.

This fun run has been created to give an awareness of the spectacular Rail Trail between Kilcunda and Wonthaggi, and the stunning features along its path within the Bass Coast Shire, including the pristine waters, the rugged coastline, the Desalination Plant and the Wind Towers.

The Bass Coast Barracudas Triathlon Club in conjunction with other local groups have endeavoured to create an event which includes competitors of various ages and abilities by offering various distances, and we encourage participation from both locals and visitors alike. If competing is not your ‘thing’, we would still love to hear from you if you would like to volunteer on the day!

It is a fundraising event in memory of Leslie McKay, a highly regarded mentor of youth and a fine advocate for reaching beyond our boundaries. Leslie herself was an avid runner, remembering her efforts in a Half Marathon and her passion to continue despite obstacles was an inspiration to create an event with the emphasis on FUN!!
Leslie was also heavily involved in the nurturing of our youth and education and would support the funds from this memorial event to be put back into the youth and education.

The event has evolved to become a family-fun festival; in 2013 it included live musical entertainment, and this will expand in 2014. If you are interested in getting involved please contact the triathlon club.

Each year this event has also made a donation of $1,000.00 to the locally founded KONGOR SCHOOL SUPPORT GROUP – a charity established 2 years ago by Felicia Di Stefano to rebuild a primary school in Southern Sudan. This is an on-going community project which we are proud to support and will continue to support in 2014.

The ‘Keeping Kids On Track’ Fun Run will continue for many years to come. So let’s get this event out there, let’s make Leslie and many like her proud. Even if you are not a runner, it might be time to step outside your comfort zone, have a crack and ‘Keep Kid’s On Track’!


  1.  The start / finish line are in the same location, so no need to transport back to starting location.
  2. You receive your t-shirt/singlet and event bag ON THE DAY.  Nothing is mailed out before the event.
  3. Registration and start / finish line are in Kilcunda, in the foreshore carpark (opposite the Kilcunda pub, on the Bass Hwy).  Registration opens at 7am.
  4. The 15km & 21.1km – first 4 km is quite undulating, along the cliff tops, with phenomenal views of the coast line.   The remaining distance is reasonably flat, with only mild inclines/ declines.
  5. It is run on a rail trail (sandy /gravel path, approximately 3 metres wide), all off-road.
  6. Start times are: 21.1km & 15km : 8.30am ; all other distances commencing on or after 9am.  Please arrive in plenty of time to pick up event bag, timing band, confirm registration, attend race briefing.
  7. To receive an official time for your race, you MUST enter on-line prior to the event.
  8. Maps of the course are up and displayed at the bottom of this post .
  9. Entertainment is provided at the finish line, heaps of give-aways, market stalls,park for the kids, and  local sporting clubs are represented, so bring your family and friends and enjoy the festive atmosphere after your race!
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KKOT FUNRUN MAP 1:  Includes 3km & 4.5km walk course.  This map also shows the start of the 15km & 21.1km course – from the start line it follows along the George Bass Coastal Walk out along the clifftops to the turnaround point at Shanty Lane, back along the George Bass Coastal walk with a slight deviation then through the start/finish line again towards Wonthaggi and over the historic Kilcunda Trestle Bridge.

KKOT FUNRUN MAP 2: After the 5km, 10km leave the start line and cross over the Kilcunda Trestle Bridge (map 1), this map shows the relevant turnaround points; runners then continue back along the same course to the finish line (same as start line).  This map also shows the 15km turnaround point.

KKOT FUNRUN MAP 3:  Show relevant turnaround points further along the rail trail, including the 21.1km course (this occurs just before Lower Powlett Road; the road is NOT crossed by runners).  Runners then run back along the same course, back over the Kilcunda Trestle bridge to the finish line.


The Barracuda long distance crew took on the weather today in the Geelong 70.3, most of them using at as a warm up  for the Melbourne  ironman in 6 weeks . They were greeted by a morning that didn’t look too bad , just a bit of swim into the Corio bay chop , and a warming northerly fo 10 plus knots. By the time they were on the bike course temperatures peaked at 37 degrees , and the Norwester gusting to 30 knots  . A westerly change brought a welcome change in the air temperatures but at its peak was gusting to 40 knots making even running into it difficult .
Keith Colomb had an outstanding breaking 5 hours in the testing conditions with a 5th overall in his age group and 36th outright. Chris Scammell put in a solid performance finishing in 5:20 . Rick Whitehouse made an 11 minute improvement over his run time in the recent Canberra event . Brooke Miller put in a courageous performance managing to complete the run despite her obvious pain from her recent collision with a motorcycle while out training . Andrew Sunderlands had his first go at long course racing finishing well in the tough conditions .

Swim Bike Run Overall Cat Place Overall
COLOMB, Keith Australia 00:37:45 02:34:07 01:31:08 04:48:29 5 36
SCAMMELL, Christopher Australia 00:38:05 02:46:24 01:49:50 05:19:16 31 138
WHITEHOUSE, Rick Australia 00:43:44 03:09:43 02:03:34 06:03:45 12 432
SUNDERLAND, Andrew Australia 00:34:08 03:06:50 02:20:43 06:11:10 86 487
MILLER, Brooke Australia 00:43:40 03:05:36 02:18:57 06:13:29 18 500