The weather put a dampener on entries for the 2014 Anderson Inlet Triathlon with a field of only 28 taking to the start line and finishing times well outside the record speeds of last year . Whilst the Easterly wind was fresh it fortunately did not reach the speeds predicted . The swim was on the slack incoming tide which offered little assistance resulting in a fair swim. Local boy Matt Sullivan lead from the front being first into T1 ahead of Adam Williams and Jack Murphy. A steady bike leg gave Matt a lead of a bit over half a minute into T2 and with the quickest run split of the day finished almost 3 minutes ahead of the nearest competitor . Latrobe Valley event regular and former winner Paul Taylor ran down younger competitors with the second quickest run split to finish second. Adam Williams finished in third just 14 seconds behind. In the women’s field Kylie Westthorp from Officer won ahead of Kylie Van Steensel . Local Barracuda Jenny Merrick came in third . Amongst the Barracudas Brian Martin was in first ahead of Damien King and Craig Hollins . The much anticipated showdown in the 55-59 male category failed to eventuate with Rick Whitehouse puncturing with 3 km left on the bike.
Hopefully early January will see better weather for the Tenth running of the Dune2Dune Triathlon at Cape Paterson on Sunday 4th January . With two distances on offer this event usually attracts a capacity field so get online and enter to not miss out . The Twilight Triathlon will once again run on Saturday the 21st January back at Inverloch.
The Barracudas would like to extend our thanks to our major sponsors Alex Scott , The Esplanade Hotel and Crossover Cycles and also to our volunteers , the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club , the SES and he Coastal Cruizers. See you in January at Cape for the Dune2Dune.