Triathletes continue successful season

Locals swim, bike and run to podium at several high-calibre competitions

KIM GRIFFITHS (RIGHT) finished third in her age group at the Sooke Triathlon.

KIM GRIFFITHS (RIGHT) finished third in her age group at the Sooke Triathlon.

Comox Valley Triathlon Club members, who were frequent visitors to the awards podium in June, have continued their run of success with two triathletes qualifying to take part in their respective World Championships.

On Aug. 12, Robert Lundine took first place in his age group (M65-69) at the Sooke Olympic Distance Triathlon (1500m swim, 40K bike, 10K run). He qualified for the 2013 Olympic Distance World Championship Grand Final, which is being held in Hyde Park, London, England, the venue of the 2012 Olympic Games triathlon events.

On July 22, Derek Richmond took first place in his age group (M60-64) at the Alberta Provincial Duathlon Championships in Devon (5K run, 20K bike, 5K run), qualifying him for the 2013 World Duathlon Championships, which take place in Ottawa.

Other club members took part in the Sooke Triathlon, racing in the Half Ironman distance (1900m swim, 90K bike, 21K run). Cindy Steuart finished second in her age group (F45-49), Kim Griffiths finished third in her age group (F50-54) and Dan Boucher finished fourth in his age group (M40-44).

Steuart said, “We were all very pleased with our results as this is known as one of the toughest triathlon courses.”

On Aug. 5 three members took part in the Self Transcendence Olympic Distance Triathlon at Elk Lake in Victoria. Ross Whelan and Cara Brighton completed the race in 2 hours, 28 minutes and 3:16, respectively. Lundine achieved another first in age group.

On Aug. 26, three club members are taking part in Ironman Canada in Penticton, which involves a 3.8K swim, 180K bike and 42K run. Audrey Erlandson and Lundine have previously completed a number of Ironman distance triathlons, whereas for Sandra Rowland it will be her first time.

Club president Graham Garner said, “CV Tri Club members have been exceptionally successful this season with three members qualifying for World Championships and many others being regularly placed in their age groups. These results are even more impressive when you consider we are a relatively small club only in its third year.”

– Comox Valley Triathlon Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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