Martin Reynolds – Tri Director
Well done to all those who took part in the Metasprint Triathlon last Sunday. A big ANZA turnout and some super quick times:
James Middleditch took the men’s race in 1:03, with Kathryn Marie Haesner coming first in the ladies race in 1:07
Selected ANZA racers times and place in their respective age groups
Guillaume Rondy 1:06 -1st
Trent Standen 1:09 – 7th
Stephen Duerden 1:18 – 5th
Elizabeth Hodges – 1:19 -2nd [doubly impressive since she was simultaneously riding in Bintan! Ed.]
Kare Nore – 1:21 – 4th
Kathryn Campbell – 1:21 – 4th
Ruth Stubbs – 1:23 – 5th
Vanessa Lodge 1:24 – 8th
Megan Kinder 1:26 – 9th
Liz Reynolds 1:35 – 24th
And well done to the ANZA kids as well:
Jackson Campbell 23mins – 1st
Elina Mcgregor 37mins – 23rd
Danielle Cherriman 54mins -13th
Ellica Mcgregor 57mins – 17th
Also last Sunday was the inaugural Putrajaya 70.3 just south of KL. The closest ironman 70.3 to Singapore led to a significant number of Singapore based triathletes making the journey across the border, including a number of ANZA folk.
Putrajaya is an amazing place, it’s a new town hosting a number of government departments with some stunning unique architecture. Race organisation was surprisingly very good.
The 1.9k swim was held in a freshwater, man made lake. Very flat water with zero chop or current. Despite a big turnout, the wave start was very comfortable as it was a ‘standing’ start in the water, rather than a beachside ‘run into the sea’ start.
The bike was a 2 lap course around the expressways and slip roads of Putrajaya. Think up and down Mandai road for 90k and you’ll get the idea. Absolutely no shade on any of the course, a deceptively lumpy course and searing heat meant for a tough day on the bike for many.
The 21k run was on a 2 lap course on a footpath around an inner island. Flat, super hot and zero shade. With very few spectators apart from the finish zone, this meant for a very challenging day for most.
Overall, I would highly recommend this race for those who like it hot. Good to attend a well organised race in Malaysia as well. Let’s hope Langkawi ironman is just as good!
On the pro front Aussie Brad Kahlefeldt won the Mens race in 3:55 and Czech Radka Vodickova took the women’s title in 4:23
Times and age group positions of ANZA finishers:
Liam Winston, 5:00 – 4th
Martin Reynolds 5:17 – 6th
Dean Campbell 5:18 – 8th
Kevin Mcgregor 6:10 – 29th