SUNDAY STRENGTH: Fin Turley leads competitors into the water for the 750m swim and continues his strong lead throughout the remainder of the race at the weekend.
SUNDAY STRENGTH: Fin Turley leads competitors into the water for the 750m swim and continues his strong lead throughout the remainder of the race at the weekend. Allan Reinikka

Turley gains strong triathlon win

HEAVY clouds brooded overhead as Fin Turley and Ben Wreide prepared to go head-to-head in their rematch in round three of the Frenchville Frogs Triathlon.

In October’s race two triathlon 19-year-old Ben Wreide took charge, leaving Turley to follow his lead.

But in yesterday’s race three event, Turley fought back to claim his number one spot in the 10-race series and claimed the triathlon at the time of 1hr6m47s in front of Wreide at 1hr08m52s and Mark McCutchan at 1hr13m21s.

Wreide and Turley came out of the first rough 750m swim leg together before Turley opened a strong lead in the 24km bike leg.

The bike leg had “no relief” with difficult conditions of wind and rain pushing all contenders to their limits.

In transition two, Turley had secured an eight-second lead that he then increased quickly on the first lap of the 5km run.

It gave him a strong victory by more than two minutes.

Coach and president of the Frenchville Frogs, Wayne Clifford, said the rematch didn’t disappoint with Turley reversing race-two results to finish on top.

“Fin and Ben showed they were ahead of the rest. Wreide’s swimming had improved, but he wasn’t on his game today,” Clifford said yesterday.

“Ben wasn’t disappointed with the loss; he knew Fin was stronger on the day.”

Clifford said the two boys were training partners and friends and the competition was friendly between them.

Ronan Fookes finished in fourth at 1hr14m35s and Clifford said he had built himself up strongly and the athlete showed promise for the future.

Kallie Davies dominated the women’s triathlon after she recently returned from the Noosa Triathlon on the Sunshine Coast.

Davies claimed the race with 1hr30m22s, ahead of Melissa Ricks at 1hr24m50s and Angie Balderston 1hr36m01s.

The short-course triathlon was a nail-biter. Mark Rutherburg claimed the race at 52m23s seconds, ahead of Lawrence Mills at 52m35s and Ben Cummings at 53m11s.

Clifford said Cummings and Mills also qualified for the Central Queensland School team.

In the women’s short-course triathlon Kelly Spottiswood claimed first in front of Sonia Murphy and Jo Richards in third.

The day had a strong turnout with about 130 competitors throughout all the events.

“This is our strongest season so far, numbers-wise. We ensure that people are enjoying the races while we also have some really fast athletes,” he said.

“What is more pleasing is that we can put on an avenue for people to participate where winning isn’t everything.”

Race five of the Frenchville Frogs triathlons will be on Sunday, November 22.



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