Mission complete for Sharks Triathlon Club iron members

GREAT WORK: Audrey Jonson, 15:09:03, Andrea Anderson, 11:18:54, Bridget Copeland, 12:56:19, Sue Desbrosses 14:00:01, Ingrid Hope 14:55:32 and Karen Campbell, who could not complete the course due to injuries. Photos: Supplied
GREAT WORK: Audrey Jonson, 15:09:03, Andrea Anderson, 11:18:54, Bridget Copeland, 12:56:19, Sue Desbrosses 14:00:01, Ingrid Hope 14:55:32 and Karen Campbell, who could not complete the course due to injuries. Photos: Supplied

SWIMMING, cycling and jogging for more than nine consecutive hours was how Sharks Triathlon Club members spent last Sunday.

It was all part of the Ironman Australia’s Oceania Triclub Championship held in Port Macquarie on May 7.

Club president Ian Buck-Barrett said while he was proud of everyone who competed, he was delighted at the results achieved by the six female members.

“They were all first-timers and it kind of highlights that these things are achievable,” he said.

Mr Buck-Barrett said participants had trained up to 18 hours per week in the lead up the grueling championship – the course, which was cut-off at 17 hours, included a 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and 42.2km run.

He said the biggest challenges competitors faced was sustaining peak fitness and injury prevention.

Sharks Triathlon Club members. Photo: Supplied

Sharks Triathlon Club members. Photo: Supplied

Andrea Anderson was the club’s fastest woman at 11:18:54, with Michael Whitehouse the club’s fastest man at 9:35:18.

Members of the Sharks Triathlon Club are now preparing for the events later this year.

For more, visit sharkstri.com.au/index.html.