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THERE must be something
in the water at Leongatha that
creates incredible sports stars.
And what a fantastic result
it was on Sunday morning for
Amanda Wilson, who grew up
in the small town, and took
home gold in the long course
at the Cape Paterson Dune2D-
Finishing the course 53 sec-
onds ahead of second place
Paul Taylor, Amanda smashed
through the course organised
by the Bass Coast Barracudas
Triathlon Club in an impres-
She averaged a pace of 2.37
minutes per kilometre, includ-
ing blitzing through the water
in a time of 16.21.
“The swim was a bit like a
washing machine out there,”
There were strong rips in the
water, with officials deciding
to shorten the course for the
safety of participants.
Although it all died down im-
mediately after the race, it was
a tough start to the morning.
through the course with the
fastest first lap run time of
“My aim was to have a more
controlled bike ride and a fast-
er run so I’m happy with how
Running past the finish line,
Amanda received a loud ap-
plause and plenty of hugs.
One of the founding mem-
bers of the Bass Coast Triath-
lon Club, Deb Rielly, cheered
Amanda on as she entered the
crowd of smiles.
“You’re a champion,”
yelled into the microphone.
The triathlon’s always good
fun for Amanda, who loves to
push herself to always go fur-
“I didn’t expect to beat all the
guys,” Amanda said after the
“But I’ve trained with Den-
nis Neal and Matt Sullivan so
it was nice to beat them,” she
Amanda has hit the ground
running after recently return-
ing from overseas.
“I’ve been doing the triath-
lon for about seven years. Al-
though, I’ve lost track a little
bit about when I started,”
Amanda said, laughing.
It’s not the first time she’s
won the Cape Paterson Triath-
“I can’t remember when,
but I think I’ve won it once, or
twice. It’s a great race and I try
to do it most years.”
The triathlete loves Cape Pat-
erson, and running and cycling
through the country area.
“I loved the run through the
walking track, that’s always
good. It’s a very scenic race
and it’s very nice to take in the
views when you can.”
It’s likely we’ll be seeing
Amanda again at the next tri-
Bass Coast Barracudas
staged the second race in their
triathlon series on Sunday, De-
cember 31 – the Dune to Dune
Triathlon – at the Wonthaggi
Surf Lifesaving Club, Cape Pa-
The race was over two dis-
tances, a short course of
600m, swim, 20km bioke ride
and 3.6km run or the longer
course of 1.2km swim, 40km
ride and 9.6km run.
The races started at 9am for
the long course and 9.30am
for the short course.
Results from the Dune 2
Dune Triathlon at Cape Pater-
son were as follows:
Short course placings (fe-
male): 1st Penny Neville (Yar-
ra Tri Club) 55:58, 2nd Zoe
Ferguson Melbourne Tri Club
56:22 and 3rd Kara Landells
Bass Coast Barracuda Tri
Short course (male): 1. Brett
Franklin Bass Coast Barracu-
das 50.49, 2. Matt Clarkson
51:06, 3. Naish Chapman
Long course (female): 1.
Amanda Wilson ETPA 1:53:32,
2. Sarah Treloar 2:22:44, 3.
Adele Garwood 2:40.56.
Long course (male): 1. Paul
Taylor 1:54.25, 2. Matt Sul-
livan 1:54:58, 3. Dennis Neal
Short course team: 1. Cur-
pheykings 55:04 (locals Da-
mien King, his son Aiden King
and Tom Curphey).
CHRISTMAS Day parkrun has now become a
tradition at Inverloch so much so that the main
man himself, Father Christmas, turned out
with some of his elves and helpers last week to
push numbers up to a record 81.
Not bad considering Santa blew up his Strava
account by circumnavigating the globe in less
than 24 hours and only a few days after the
usual Saturday run, walk or push for many.
The event welcomed visiting runners from
the UK, Wilson Botanic, Lalor, Warnambool,
Warragul, Altona Beach, Sale and several other
‘The local event reached 82,965km total com-
pleted at Inverloch by walkers, joggers and run-
ners during the year; equal to twice around the
globe and change.
This week’s clubs were headed by the ‘Der-
ek Zoolander Centre for Kids Who Can’t Run
Good’ running club, who not only fielded 12
finishers but also five of the volunteers.
First Timers: Christmas Day was a great day
to welcome nine people into the parkrun family
for their first ever parkrun at Inverloch, with a
further two people participating at Inverloch for
their first time.
Did you know parkrun is not just for run-
ners? They welcome walkers, people with
prams and even people with a dog on a short
leash. Come out to Inverloch and see what it’s
all about – just register online at parkrun.com.
au first and bring your barcode, it’s all free. See
you at 7.45am for the 8am start this Saturday.
This week Bill is back in charge at Inverloch.
Amongst this week’s field of 81 finishers
three managed PBs. Running PBs were Zac
Mabilia who smashed 4 minutes 50 seconds off
his previous mark, Thomas Vitols, who took
2 minutes 55 seconds of his time and Mariah
Dhar who took an impressive 1 minute 50 sec-
onds off her previous best.
Well done to all parkrunners who ran PBs,
year bests or bettered their personal expecta-
This week’s parkrun was only possible due
to the following volunteer super heroes. Huge
thanks to Felicity Castellan, Chantell Hosking,
Jacqui M O’Connell, Tony O’Connell, Lyndal
Peterson, Addie Pykett, and Millie Pykett. The
event still needs plenty of volunteers on Janu-
ary 20 and 27.
The man in red runs
in Inverloch parkrun
And they’re off in the Christmas Day parkrun at Inverloch last week and one of those lead-
ing the way in the full Santa suit and beard was Inverloch stalwart Julian Walker. m030118
Leongatha legend takes
first place in Cape triathlon
The overall winner (long course) of the
Dune to Dune Triathlon at Cape Paterson
last Sunday was Amanda Wilson of Leon-
gatha. Photo courtesy of Paul Landells.
And they’re off in the second triathlon in the local series at Cape Paterson last Sunday.
Brett Franklin crosses the line to win the
Dune to Dune short course triathlon at Cape
Paterson last Sunday, December 31.
An amazing total of 165 people ran, jogged,
walked and talked their way through the first
Koonwarra parkrun of the new year and although
the day was looking a little gloomy, the sun soon
came to the party due to the infectious cheeriness
of the participants and the volunteer squad.
22 running clubs were represented at the run
with some local and others more metro based.
78 first timers also came along which is a
credit to the tremendous organisational job the
Koonwarra parkrun team have done in building
a great weekly event.
For some people it was their first time at
parkrun and we hope that this has been an en-
joyable experience, and that they will continue
to attend a parkrun somewhere. *Overseas
runners today written in visitors book-I don’t
recall their names or location**
With 20 new PB’s recorded over the weekend
a special congratulations goes to Geoff Wil-
liams, Helen Goff, Daniel Lloyd, Leo Argento,
Neil Green, Jason Evans, Cindy Borg, Chloe
Bailey, Callum McCaughan, Lisa Riley, Shir-
ley Dell, Noel Farmilo, Julie Farmilo, Rebecca
King, Penny Johnson, Amanda Calder, Kylie
Burns, Cindy Smith, Caitlin Castellan, and
First overall and first male over the line was
Marc Tillotson with a time of 17:43 (course re-
cord is 17:36), and first female over the line
was Helen Goff in a time of 23:09, which also
was a new PB.
Koonwarra parkrun participants would like
to thank Lisa for checking the course and put-
ting out the marker signs each week, to Milly
and Romeo’s café for coffee and breakfast and
to this week’s volunteers, some of whom was
their first time volunteering.
Next Saturday’s parkrun will be at the normal
time of 8am.
New Year’s run at Koonwarra
Greg and Shirley Dell are Inverloch park-
run regulars and even had their dog suited
up for the occasion when Inverloch staged a
Christmas Day parkrun. m040118
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