Frogs tackle Mother Nature

SLIPPERY roads and a choppy ocean attempted to challenge and push local competitors to their limits yesterday at the Frenchville Frogs Triathlon.

But Mother Nature's unsupportive stance didn't stop 125 competitors persevering through the windy and rainy conditions at Capricorn Resort Yeppoon.

The races consisted of both short and long courses of triathlons and duathlons, beginning at 7am.

The main gruelling swim-bike-run triathlon was dominated by Ben Wreide, Fynn Turley and Mark McCuthan.

The three ran a close race as they battled it out for the title, but it was Ben Wreide who maintained his authority throughout most of the race.

After the first swim leg it was Turley who burst out of the water in first place, but only by seconds.

Wreide pulled his weight on the bike leg, where he turned the race around giving himself a minute and a half lead over Turley.

Turley fought back in the run, but the lead Wreide had was too much to catch.

Wreide claimed first place at the time of 66.31 minutes, followed quickly by Turley at 68.1 and Mark McCuthan at 70.51.

The women's race was claimed early by Jane Moyle who came in at 122.21 minutes.

She was followed by Cathryn Waterhouse at 125.43, with third place going to Melissa Close at 132.31.

The women's short course race came in with Joe Richards in first, Emma Balderston second and Jenny Borg third.

The men's short course saw Mark Fickling snap up first place, followed by Ben Cummings and Ian Wilkinson.

President of the Frenchville Frogs Club, Wayne Clifford, said the day was very successful especially through the rough conditions. “The day went pretty good, we had over 120 participants and the race was very close,” he said.

He said the course proved to be difficult for everyone, particularly in the choppy swim. “When we started the swim leg a shower of rain came through, which then made the roads extremely slippery,” he said.

“We had 10 people who came down a corner because of the slippery roads - no serious injuries, though - just a couple of minor cuts and grazes.”

Clifford said they were concerned that a number of people may had chosen not participate because of Rockhampton's recent emergency bush fires.

But he said no smoke appeared through the course and with over 120 competitors on the day, the number of people participating at the triathlon was unaffected by the fires and road closures.

Some of the competitors on Sunday's event used the triathlon as a practice run for the Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival from October 28 to November 1. Clifford said about 15-20 competitors from the Frenchville Frogs Triathlon would go on to compete in the Noosa Triathlon.

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