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How the Cooks Beach Transfield Triathlon went

How the Cooks Beach Transfield Triathlon went

A strong field of competitors ran, swam and biked at the Transfield Triathlon at Cooks Beach on Sunday.

Overcast skies provided ideal conditions for the 96 individuals and teams who took part in the variety of short and long courses on offer. The event was open to people from age 8 and up.

The event was organised by Sue Costello, Thames-Coromandel District Council Sports and Recreational Programme Co-Ordinator for Mercury Bay, and Sport Waikato.

Ngatea's Johan Vanhoovels won the open long-course event, completing a 500m swim, a 25km bike ride and a 5km run in 1.14:37.

Whitianga girls provided a strong local showing, with Ella Harsant winning the Short Course for 10-12-year-old girls and Ella Tomkins winning in the 13-14-year-old category.

"These girls showed great stamina and determination," said Sue.

She said it was a great effort from all who participated, with everyone getting a medal for their efforts.

Money raised from the event was still coming in, but Sue said they hoped it would pay for a website to help administer the event in the future.

The rest of the funds will go to the Hot Water Beach Surf Life Saving and Kuaotunu Search and Rescue, which helped with the marshalling.

Ms Costello says the event - the first-ever Transfield Triathlon - will become an annual fixture.

A triathlon held last year in Whitianga attracted 85 participants. Sue said this year they wanted to make it a little more challenging.

The event was held thanks to sponsorship from Transfield, the Mercury Bay Community Board, Peninsula Scaffolding, Go Kiwi and New World Whitianga.

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