Welcome back to PT Systems for another year!
On the third weekend of January Wanaka hosted another years fantastic Ironman event. With 1600 competitors, supporters and spectators buzzing around the atmosphere was awesome.
In the half distance we had The woods girls family team of Laura, Margaret and Emily coming in sixth place out of 75 teams in the female team category.
In the mixed teams Darren, Marc Prutton and Natasha Douglas rolled in 5th place out of 116 teams.
And doing the individual half distant event of 1.9km swim / 90km Ride / 21km Run, Dean Cameron and Carey Wood both had solid races finishing in respectable times.
Seonaigh Conchie did the full hog 3.8km swim / 180km Bike / 42km Run in 11.35, winning her age group.
At this years around the mountain 160km road race in Taranaki. Sue Lazar in perfect conditions won her age group flying around that mountain.
Down at the Southland new years’ carnival early January Tessa Jenkins had a solid couple nights racing walking away with a second in the elite womens scratch race on the first night. Young Jared Pidcock also rode well getting a few placing’s over the weekend.
Tessa Jenkins then won the South Island women’s scratch race and keirin champs at the Waimate carnival.
The Canterbury track champs this year had the most entries they’ve had in years and was spread over four days instead of three. Chloe Jenkins placed second in the U17 500m TT, her sister Tessa won the U19 2000m IP, point’s race and took second in the scratch race. Mitchell Podmore got second in the elite men’s keirin and third in the scratch race. Jared Pidcock won the U15 points’ race and got second in the scratch and derby. A great weekends racing!
At this years’ St James classic 63km race Philippa Seldon came in second women overall in a time of 4.14mins.
The four day “Wildside” mtb tour over in Tasmania runs all over the top of the Aussie’s southernmost Island and Sharon Prutton went over to fly the New Zealand flag, taking second in the over 50’s category.
In the Kaiwara classic running from Culverden to Cheviot in North Canterbury had two races, the “classic” and the slightly longer “Epic”. In the epic Brad Hudson came home third overall with his sister Brooke first junior woman and Sharon Prutton second woman overall. In the classic Mike Smart took third place over all in a time of 1.35 for the 43km.
On the rolling course In the annual Buller half marathon yesterday Natasha Douglas ran a strong 1.31 to be 5th woman across the line.
Coming events to keep an eye out for:
February 14/15th Coast to Coast
February 15th NZ Mt Bike national champs
March 1st Karapoti classic
March 1st Round one of the Elite series
March 5-9th Age group and omnium National track champs
March 8th Mototapu
March 8/9th Tour of Canterbury
March 13-16th Elite National track champs