Williamson Wins First Race of Winter Dualthon Series

Williamson Wins First Race of Winter Dualthon Series


Jan Brosnahan

Geoff Williamson led from the start to win race one of the duathlon series held on the flat North Taieri circuit yesterday. The race attracted 50 athletes and comprised a 5km run, 20 km cycle and 2.5 km run, or a half distance for novices and juniors.

Williamson, formerly a talented junior runner, was hampered by injury in his 20s and this saw him turn his attention to ironman. Not being a swimmer, the project has been 4 long years in the making and finally came to fruition when Williamson completed Challenge Wanaka this year. A creditable fifth placing in his age group has encouraged Williamson to aim for both Wanaka and Taupo events next year.  A break after Challenge Wanaka re-energised Williamson and he took on the Otago Triathlon Champs over the Olympic distance in February. Despite pulling a calf muscle during the run leg, Williamson hobbled home to take victory.  Yesterday’s race was Williamson’s first duathlon and although the dreaded swim leg doesn’t feature in duathlon, Williamson is still focussed on the glamorous Ironman event.

Runner up, exactly one minute behind, was first master and NZ representative duathlete, David Rush, from Oamaru. His pedigree as a runner, representing NZ at cross country in the 70s, plus winning several national titles, has led him to apply himself equally to cycling.  He posted a 3rd placing in the masters category of the prestigious Benchmark race in Kaikoura last month and assisted his teammate to victory in a competitive B grade at the Tour de Lakes at Easter.

Second senior man was Lyndon Whale with Guy Carter in third. 

Club President, Lindsay Dey, also a NZ representative, was third master, two minutes behind Greg Hannah.

In the women’s field Sophie Wilkinson won from cyclist Elyse Fraser and Julia Burgess took out the veteran women’s category.

The junior sections were won by Warren van Staden and Ellie Heenan.

A large contingent from Columba College again added a youthful dimension to the scene.  Emulating their coach, Chris Henderson, who also competed in the main race,  University student Julia Hunt and pupils Indi Williams and Tara Bennett made up the podium places in the shorter race.

Sprint distance (long course)

Open men:
G Williamson 59.53
L Whale 1.03.04
G Carter 1. 03.28
S Morrison 1.03.48

Veteran men
D Rush 1.00.53
G Hannah 1.07.23
L Dey 1.09.50

Open women:
S Wilkinson 1.08.57
E Fraser 1.12.29
M Baxter 1.13.14
K Haugh 1.14.04
K Rasmussen 1.19.25

Veteran women:
J Burgess 1.15.04
J Brosnahan 1.19.04
J McMahon 1.24.00

Junior men:
W van Staden 1.16.31

Junior women:
E Heenan 1.18.27
B Thomson 1.19.04
H Barclay 1.22.08

Mike and Steve 1.15.36
Broken Duo 1.22.07


Short distance:

J Hunt 44.00
I Williams 44.46
T Bennett 46.02

Margot & Megan 46.02


Posted: Fri 14 Jun 2013



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