Triathletes hit the ground running

Caron Mackie. Photo: Elize Strydom.

ATHLETES from the Coffs Harbour Triathlon Club recently hit the road to compete in a range of events including the North Coast Triathlon Series races at Yamba and Kingscliff.

The Club was a close runner up last year in the North Coast Triathlon Series and is aiming to go one better in 2023-24.

At the Yamba Sprint many made the podium with stand out performances from Alira Bayndrian in the 35-39 age group and Adrian Hawke in the men’s 45-49 category.

Both took home gold medals. In the Tempta race, Sage Linden-Flick came across the line first in the 20-24 age group.

The following week, a small but strong contingent travelled north for Race 2 of the Series in Kingscliff.
With some 1600 competitors in the mix, Coffs athletes performed very well.

Hudson Barry won the men’s 18-19 age group Sprint and was second man overall while Alina Hill came first in the women’s 45-49 Sprint and was fifth fastest woman overall.

Final results saw podium finishes for Phil Benoit, Alira Bayndrian, Jenny Williams, Rainee Heron, Andrew Gallagher and Claire Fairweather.

Further north, Club President Julie Whitton along with Fiona Bryant-Smith tackled the famous Hervey Bay 100, consisting of a 2km swim, 80km ride and 18km run.

Athletes have spent months preparing for the current season, adding additional training sessions with Club coaches to fine-tune their performances.

“With regular Club supported coaching, members are honing their skills across swim, bike and run with specific work on transition from coach Trent Renshaw,” said Club President Julie Whitton.

Coach supported sessions continue for the next few weeks with a tailored spin class at Beachbodies Health Club from 5.30pm on Wednesdays, swim/run sessions at the Jetty with Trent and more open water skills sessions with Annette Lee to be announced.

Having moved into the new community building through the week, the Club is now gearing up for its next race from the Jetty foreshore this Sunday 3 December from 6.15am.

“Events sponsored by Hair on the Promenade and Quality Accounting include the Sprint distance – 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run – or the Enticer option which is half that distance.

“The Club also hosts a swim/run Aquathon (750m/5km), or you can swim and ride in the Aquabike (750m/20km).
“These events are open to anyone who wants to try.

“They can register for a one day entry through our website,” explained Julie.

Further training and event details can be found on the Club website at or Facebook and Instagram.

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