The 22nd February 2014 saw the second running of the Esplanade Hotel
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
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
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 !
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
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 right , Kara , Michelle , Bridie , Melanie
Photos from the Event