Tieri's test of endurance

Up to 15 juniors competed.
Up to 15 juniors competed.

TIERI played host to the Central Highlands Triathlon Club's latest meet - the first outside of Emerald since the club started earlier this year.

The meet was hailed a success by organisers as competitors came from throughout the region, including Blackwater and Springsure..

"We had 54 competitors which is very impressive," Central Highlands Triathlon Club secretary Fiona Power said.

"The course was challenging - it had its twists and turns.

"It suited some and some not so much."

The short course consisted of a 300m swim, 8km bike ride and a 2.5km run.

Shannon Fredrich took out the best time overall for the short course, finishing a couple of minutes ahead of the men's pack, at just under 42 minutes.

Connie Fields didn't finish too far behind him with a time of 42min 02.94sec landing her first place in the women's division.

The long course wasn't for the faint-hearted with a 600m swim, 16m bike ride and a 5km run.

Ben Mackendge blitzed the competition with a time of 1min 07.09sec.

In the ladies' long course it was a matter of just 12 seconds separating first from second.

A close race between Anna Matthews and Fiona Johnson saw Matthews take the win.

Power said the juniors had a great time with three different age categories competing.

"They all crossed the line with a smile on their faces and said they would be back," she said.

The next meet for the Central Highlands Triathlon Club will be at the Fairbairn Dam on February 19.

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