A fantastic days racing took place at Suncoast Beach Durban this morning during the 2nd leg of the TINMAN TRI Series.
The race attracted the largest field ever for SA’s and Africa’s oldest triathlon series with almost 600 competitors taking part. Durban is THE place to race triathlon during the colder months and if it’s hot racing you were after, then the TINMAN TRI series did not disappoint.
The day’s proceedings got underway with the 10km road race which took place on the pancake flat promenade. The men’s race was won by Jonathan Edwards in a fast 31:53 while the ladies race was won in 40:46 by Robyn Greyling.
The next race to take place was the Mini Tri which was dominated by the formidable pairing of James Haw and Amber Schlebusch. Pierre Botha and Matt Gerry took the 2nd and 3rd spots in the boys race while Hannah Carroll and Bridget Theunissen completed the girls podium spots. This race is the breeding ground for the future stars of South African Triathlon and an ideal event to take part in if you are new to the sport and want something short and easy to compete in.
The Sprint Race followed this event with the Marquiss brothers dominating the men’s race with Gareth edging his twin brother Darren by 3 seconds. Jonathan Henry ran in for a well deserved 3rd and for the final podium position amongst the male sprint triathletes The ladies race was a humdinger with newbie to the sprint distance, Tegan Gore taking on the formidable Mikaela Jonsson. The duo took turns on the bike with Gore just managing to run away from Jonsson on the 5km run to win in a fast 1:11:04. Jonsson held on for 2nd from a fast finishing Daniela Arrigo.
The last race of the day, the Challenge Triathlon (1km/30km/10km) saw some of KZN’s and Gauteng’s top triathletes take to the warm waters of the Durban Bay. Ben De La Porte was 1st out the water closely followed by Glen Gore. The big boys on the bike section (Haig Gibb/Casper Moodie/Darren Purtell and Donovan Van Gelder) formed a pack and quickly chased down the 2 lead swimmers with in 3km. The race was then turned into a feeding frenzy as attack after attack took place with the strong bikers intent on shedding some of the faster runners. The 6 strong lead pack averaged close to 43km/h as they entered T2 heading out for the last 10km run. Haig Gibb was determined to get that elusive win he has been seeking for some time now and took out the pace with De La Porte over the 1st 5km. Van Gelder playing safe followed them while Purtell and Moodie jostled for position about 30 seconds back. De La Porte, still a junior trying his hand amongst the seniors withdrew at 5km to save himself leaving Gibb to hammer home for the win and his 1st win at the Tinman Tri Series. Van Gelder ran smartly into 2nd place with Purtell having a stormer of a race, dropping Moodie with about 2km to go to claim bronze. The ladies race saw Jodie Berry making her comeback after a 6 month lay-off and she pretty much dominated from start to finish. She was however kept on her toes during the final 10km run with Katherine Clelland finishing only a minute behind to claim silver and Teneal Featherby completing the ladies podium in 3rd spot
The racing was hot, the conditions perfect. The next race is set for July with this series now becoming an iconic event that all South African triathletes should partake in
Full results can be found at this link
For more info on the series, contact www.bactive.com for more information