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Lawton takes win at triathlon

Peter O’Shaughnessy leads Harley Messersmith out of the water after the swim leg in the triathlon at the Mercure Capricorn Resort.
Peter O’Shaughnessy leads Harley Messersmith out of the water after the swim leg in the triathlon at the Mercure Capricorn Resort. Chris Ison

STRONG cycling and running legs ensured Scott Lawton registered a convincing win in Sunday's triathlon at the Mercure Capricorn Resort.

The veteran finished more than three minutes ahead of Irishman Rowan Foolkes in the men's competition in a time of 1hr 9mins 49secs for the 750m swim, 21km bike ride and 5km run

In the women's event, Kelly Spottiswood proved too strong for the rest of the field, finishing more than six minutes ahead of her closest rival Emma Balderston.

A record field of 150 entrants took part on Sunday in the third race of the Tuckers Cycle Inn Series.

Frenchville Frogs Triathlon Club president Wayne Clifford said racing was held in the toughest conditions for a couple of years.

Choppy water and a strong current made the swim section particularly challenging.

"Scott emerged out of the water about 20 seconds behind Peter O'Shaughnessy," Clifford said.

"But he'd built up a strong lead coming off the bike and he never surrendered the lead from there," he said.

A gallant effort from Mackay's Luke Zweers had him finish third.

The result leaves Foolkes still in the lead in the overall series.

In the women's competition, the victory was a welcome return to the winner's dais for Spottiswood who overtook Balderston who came out of the water first.

Leanne Hellberg finished third. The next race will be at Tannum Sands on December 4.

 

Race winners

Results from Race 3 of the Tuckers Cycle Inn Series at the Mercure Capricorn Resort:

Men's competition: 1. Scott Lawton 1hr 9mins 49secs; 2. Rowan Foolkes 1hr 12mins 52secs; 3. Luke Zweers 1hr 13mins 25secs.

Women's competition: 1. Kelly Spottiswood 1hr 22mins 57secs ; 2. Emma Balderston 1hr 29mins 25secs; 3. Leanne Hellberg 1hr 31mins 32secs.

Topics:  cycling resort running swimming triathlon