Capital Duathlon 2023 Recap
On a crisp Canberra spring morning, the Capital Duathlon came alive with competitors and spectators. Track conditions were optimal, with kangaroos dotting the landscape, truly capturing the spirit of Canberra’s natural beauty. This event had the distinction of being a double WQE for Townsville in both the sprint and standard duathlon disciplines.
Athletes from across Australia converged to compete, yet it was the local ACT athletes who truly rose to the occasion. They were not only competing for individual accolades but also for the coveted points in the ACT Interclub Series for 23-24. The sprint race had the added significance of being the ACT Duathlon Championships, with results set to be released in due course.
In the Super Sprint, Dale Prindable from Cowra Triathlon Club and Sally Townsend from Yass Valley Triathlon Club emerged as the overall male and female victors, respectively. The challenging course involved a 1km sprint, a 10km ride on Uriarra Road, and a final 2.5km run.
The Sprint category was truly competitive. David Peedom and ACT U23 pathway athlete Kami Schmutz, both from T3C, secured the top two overall male positions. Luke Schofield from the Tuggeranong Vikings Triathlon Club completed the podium. For the women, ACT U23 pathway athlete Ashleigh Lawson from JT Multisport clinched the top spot. She was flanked by Joanne Johnson from Surfers Paradise Triathlon Club in second and Leigh Miller from A Body 2 Fit Triathlon Squad in third.
In the Standard race, Gill Fullen was the front-runner among the women. Julia Anderson from Townsville Triathlon Club and Sarah Richmond from Red Dog Triathlon Training were second and third, respectively. The men’s race saw Aaron McKenzie from Eltham Tri Club leading the pack. He was followed closely by Jacob Flanagan, Andrew Walton, and their coach James Thorpe, all hailing from JT Multisport, securing second, third, and a notable fourth place, respectively.
In conclusion, kudos to all participants for their sterling performances and dedication. Our volunteers deserve a special mention for their invaluable contribution to the event’s success. The next event on the horizon is the Sri Chinmoy Triple Tri scheduled for the 12th of November. We encourage the community to come out in full force to support this local race.