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Adventurethon Anglesea Race Report

Adventurethon Anglesea December 5 & 6, 2015

WHAT A GREAT WEEKEND!
Thank you to everyone who was involved in the first Anglesea Adventurethon this weekend. Whether you competed, supported or volunteered over the weekend, each person played a part in making the event a very enjoyable weekend! Here’s a little wrap up of how the weekend looked! It was a really great weekend and so good to see many women and children just as competitive and out for a fun adventure as the men.

Athletes and supporters gathered to compete or cheer on the adventurous over the weekend – with competitors travelling from Western Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia.

Saturday December 5th kicked it all off with the Raidlight Ultra Adventurethon, AMO Dirty Duathlon and ANS Enduro Adventurethon.

Cool, breezy conditions met the athletes as they arrived and put bikes in transition and kayaks onto the beach. The kayak leg proved challenging for many paddlers who tested out their skills in the breakers. Those paddlers who like to paddle in rolling swells were soon headed out on their paddle and the race was on.

Getting off the beach proved too much of a challenge for some and several paddlers turned back or struggled to get out from the choppy breakers near the beach. But after the initial paddle jostling, paddlers were treated to some beautiful paddling heading out to the lighthouse at Airey’s Inlet. As the paddlers turned the buoys, there was some assistance to those paddlers who could handle the swell and wind direction. The fastest male paddler was Stewart Bennett with a time of 1:24:07 for the 16km paddle and the fastest female paddle was Karen Masson with a time of 1:52:11.

Guy Andrews headed into transition with Jarad Kohlar only 23 seconds behind and they headed out on the 29km bike ride neck and neck. James Pretto entered transition a little over 2 minutes later.

The 29km bike ride included plenty of fun obstacles while taking in the best of the local trail network. It was plenty of fun including log roll overs, a couple of drops and undulating winding terrain. The return leg offered bike cliff views along the coastal cliffs of Anglesea.

After the bike ride Jarad had made up time pulling 27 seconds ahead of Guy Andrews, with James 44 seconds behind Guy.

The 16km run course offered some beautiful cliff views on the final loop of the run and saw Jarad pull ahead to finish over 7 minutes ahead of James Pretto and over 8 minutes ahead of Guy Andrews.

 

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   Saturday Race Start – Photograph by Alana Andrews

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Elite Ultra

Jarad Kohlar struck again taking the Ultra Elite Championship on Saturday. Jarad tackled the 16km Paddle, 29km Mountain Bike & 16km Trail run in only (03:54:38). James Pretto crossed the line soon after (04:01:45). Previous Uncle Toby’s Champion, Guy Andrews finished 3rd in (04:03:26).

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 (Lto R) Coucillor David Bell, Jarad Kohlar, Guy Andrews and James Pretto (with event Organiser Joel Savage in back)

Photo taken by Alana Andrews

Male Opens

It was a tough match between our Male Opens with Stewart Bennett being the first in from the 16km paddle. Stewart flew in on his kayak in 1:24:07 and finished 1st place in his age category with a time of (4:18:17). Joel Armitage taking 2nd place in (4:20:12). Jacob Storey gave it his all and took 3rd place in (04:24:24).

 

Male Masters 40 +

David McDonald finished first in the Masters over 40 category with a time of (4:43:41) and Paul Mullarvey 2nd with a time of (5:13:36). Thirs was Gus Kelly with a time of (5:20:49).

 

Male Grand Masters 50+

David Champness held his own amongst the younger men, finishing first in his age category with a time of (5:48:50).

 

Clydesdale Over 90kg

Scott Gavens finished first in his category, showing that big boys still got it, with a time of (5:18:59).

Female Opens
An exciting line up of women in the Ultra field was partly diminished when illness affected the start line up, taking Elizabeth Dornam out before starting. Before the end of the race we would also lose Darlene Hein (knee pain and cramping) and Bernadette Dornam (who got sick in the paddle and was then experiencing cramping). It was a tough run for the girls on the Ultra course with Karen Masson finishing in 1st place for the Female Open category in (4:56:16). Karen spoke of pushing herself extra hard to stay ahead of the Dornom sisters, so even though sickness had taken them out, they were still very much a part of the race. Emma Morris crossed the line in 2nd place (5:19:54) and Marlena Ahrens in 3rd (5:22:51).

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Karen Masson – first Individual Female Ultra

 

Teams
Our teams showed us how encouragement and team support can get your that extra mile with Dodgy Brothers coming through on top in the Teams Category finishing 1st place (3:49:22). Team Rocktape took 2nd place (4:13:44) and Handsome Idiots in 3rd place (4:16:43).

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There was a great turn out for the ANS Enduro making it a tough competition for the top 3 titles of each category.

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John Jacoby (left) & Nigel Muscroft (right)

Male Opens

Chris Dimos taking 1st place for the Open Male category (2:54:34). Mitch Bodycoat crossed the line in (2:58:52) taking 2nd place with Steve Nichols not far behind on (02:59:41).
Female Opens
Viginie Bernard was the first female over the line taking 1st place in (03:15:14) followed by Maria Plyashecko (03:19:44) then Rebecca Thornton third in (3:35:25).

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Virginie Bernard, winner of Female Open Enduro – photo credit: RedHotShotz Sports Photography

Male Masters

Nigel Muscroft finished in 1st place for the Male Masters category (2:44:54). Glenn Drew finished 2nd in (2:55:21) and Martin Taube taking 3rd place (2:58:59).

Female Masters
Sarah Hammond finished in 1st place (03:39:07).

 

Male Grand Masters
Our Grand Masters certainly showed that age doesn’t make a difference with John Jacoby zooming in at (2:44:44), Rob Davis second place at (2:553:49) and Rory Costello over the line in (3:33:25).

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Female Grand Masters

Jan Saunders smashed it to finish first in the Female grand Masters category with a time of (3:50:09), Laurelle Stalker finished second with (5:14:36).

Teams
RADventure Lads were the first over the line in the Enduro race finishing in (2:47:57). RunDJC were the next over the line taking 2nd place in (3:07:53). Flinders Duo finished in (3:23:22).

 

Junior Enduro

Showing us that the next generation of up and coming multisporters is well accomplished and ready, the Junior Enduro Category was well enjoyed. Alexander Grove crossed first in (3:20:58). Fergus Jacoby finished 2nd in (3:29:58) and Joshua Synon finished third with (4:38:26).

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Junior Team Enduro

The 3 Amigos crossed first in (3:42:22), Dench Squad second with (4:41:23) and Belles Girls third with (5:06:40)

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Male Opens
Brett Coleman finished the AMO Dirty Duathlon in only (2:38:38). Dean McIntosh finished in 2nd place (2:50:21) and Rilyn Mosbey in 3rd (3:12:12).

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Brett Coleman finished the Aon Dirty Duathlon first

Female Opens

Karina Vitiritti finished first in 3:19:51), Jade Forsyth in second place with (3:39:20) and Katie Dick third with (3:49:51).

Male Masters & Female Maters
Brad Hodges finished 1st place for the Male Masters Category (3:24:06) and Belinda Rowe finished 1st place for the Female Masters Category with (04:52:11).
Teams
Team GORATS finished first with (3:08:06) and Sufferfest.com Team finished second with (3:15:33). The Highlanders headed in third with (3:31:12).

 

Sunday 6th December – Taste of Adventurethon and Junior Adventurethon
We love seeing our Taster’s having a great time out on course! And it was such a thrill for us to see so many parents out on course with their kids – coaching, encouraging and making sure they achieve something pretty special. The strength and courage shown by children to tackle the same course that the adults do in the Taste impresses us every time. This is not a watered down course for the kids and we love to see their faces and reactions as they cross the finish line, so proud of themselves, and parents with tears in their eyes, just stoked at what their kids have just done.

Not to take anything away from the Taste of Adventurethon which is enjoyed by beginners and people who are overcoming injuries, or just stepping out of their comfort zone. It was wonderful to hear so many stories about ‘trainers who dragged me here’ or ‘overcoming hard times and deciding to try something new’. Well done to every Taste of Adventurethon and Junior competitor – we think you are amazing.

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Males

Brad Saunders finished in 1st place for the Males category (01:28:33). (After a nightmare leg on the bike with broken spokes the day before in the Enduro, Brad came back to conquer some unfinished business). Tony Desailly was not far behind claiming 2nd place (1:39:13) followed by Mark Sansom in (1:39:30).

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Brad Saunders tearing up the run leg, Taste of Adventurethon

Females
The ladies also had a ball out on course with Leigh Paulsen claiming 1st place (01:43:55). Melissa Biviano kept close behind taking 2nd place (01:49:05) followed by Tesarna Lapham in (02:03:15).

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Male 8-12yrs

Xanda Brown finished with a smile and claimed 1st place for his age category finishing in only (01:42:15). In 2nd place, Evan Johnson finished with (02:03:29) followed by Lucas Gray (02:40:20).

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Xanda Brown, Junior 8-12yrs Winner

Female 8-12yrs
The girls put up a tough fight with Faye Cowter finishing in 1st place (02:49:45). Rosie Franzke followed close behind to claim 2rd place (2:54:16).
Team 8-12yrs
The Bro’s did a Fantastic job finishing number 1 on the ladder in (02:41:21).
Female 13-17yrs
Neave Crowter finished in first place in (01:18:33).

 

Schools Challenge

The Power of El finished first in the Schools Challenge with a time of (2:12:06).

 

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