Penrith turned on a surprisingly spectacular morning for our BTC athletes who raced at the second Western Sydney 70.3 event on Sunday.
Despite rumours of some people throwing bags of ice into the waters of the regatta centre early on race morning, the water was too warm for wetsuits but the simple and easy-to-sight course made up for the lack of buoyancy.
The bike course wound through the northern suburbs and while quite technical in certain parts (some athletes even falling off around the tight turns.... #jeffwong), it was quite a scenic ride through the country side.
Being able to see the finish line for the whole run leg of a half ironman is a massive tease but thankfully the temperatures were kept relatively under control and there were loads of BTC supporters around the course cheering on our athletes.
We had some brilliant results from our members. Hannah Donaldson continued her season winning streak in the 25-29 category to qualify for the 70.3 World Champs and finish 10th female overall. Campbell (our physio from club sponsor SquareOne Physiotherapy) flew around the course in 4:15 to grab second in his age and a spot to the World Champs next year. Cam Dinnie was back at long course racing and has obviously been doing lots of secret training in between having and raising multiple children to come home in just over 4:21 and also sorting himself out a spot for World Champs next year.
New member Jules Cook showed she is a force to be reckoned with going forwards putting together an awesome race to finish 5th in the F 25-29 in just her second ever 70.3 event. She dealt with a torn calf in the weeks leading up to the race so there will be much more to come from the smiling assassin over the season!
Derek and Lauren were back at it again with Derek getting scarily faster every time he races. Lauren got a flat early on in the bike but remained calm and composed to carry on and finish well.
Peter Cantwell (who wasn't listed on the club results) snuck in under five hours and was strong across all three legs, placing in the top 20 in the very competitive 45-49 age group.
Tim Cook was back at it for his third race in just a matter of weeks and had a blinder! You can read about his race in his report here.
A huge thanks to all of those who travelled west to support for the morning. It was great to have our club coaches Chris, Bruce, Waino and Lew out there ensuring our walk to run ratio was kept to a minimum.