JERVIS Bay Triathlon Club has extended its lead in the Triathlon NSW South Coast Interclub Series after a successful weekend at the Huskisson Triathlon Festival.
The club now stands 14 points ahead of nearest rival Kiama on the ladder thanks to the efforts of a strong field of local athletes who put in some impressive performances with several earning places on the podium.
The weekend's flagship event was the Ultimate triathlon on Sunday - a gruelling 1.9km swim followed by a 90km bike leg and a 21.1km or half marathon run. This was also the race that scored performance points for the Interclub Series.
Club pro, Matt Lewis, was doing his first local race after injury time out and led the local charge to finish sixth in the Elite field in just over four hours and seven minutes. Lewis was edged out of fifth place by triple Ironman World Champion, Craig Alexander but his performance bodes well for the rest of the season.
Jon-Paul Hilton was the first local age group athlete to finish in 4:35:19. He placed 24th overall and won silver in the 40-44 age group, notching up an incredible 12-minute personal best time in the process.
Silver also went to Club president Rod Rose, who stepped up from the much shorter sprint distance to do his first long course. Despite painful cramps early in the run, Rose proved he can successfully compete over longer distances as well as the faster, shorter races.
Jervis Bay's sole female in the Ultimate, Jackie Lyons, showed she is getting into great shape for this year's Ironman Australia placing third in the 40-44 age group and 19th female overall.
Huskisson's Rob Duffy, the only competitor to have raced in all 15 Husky Long Course triathlons, also won bronze in the 60-64 age group.
Bill Stahlhut and Tony Lim both just missed out on the medals, placing fourth in their categories while Kendall McMaster finished sixth after losing time to two punctures on the bike.
Rose says the club punched well above its weight on the weekend, outscoring big powerhouse clubs like Hills and Cronulla. But he said the pressure was now on for as many members as possible to compete at the remaining races at Batemans Bay, Wollongong, and Club Championships in Forster.
He said the club's shorter course athletes also put in stellar work on the weekend with podiums in all triathlon events.
Junior star, Freya Robinson-Mills, backed up after a heavy week competing at the All Schools triathlon to finish first in the 15-19 age group and second female overall in the Super Sprint early on Saturday morning. Allira Murray and Joe Johnstone both made the top 10 in their age groups.
In the Sprint race, Annette Sampson won silver in the 55-59 age group while Gray Parkes and Mandy Meredith both won bronze. Darryl Callaghan also finished in the top 10 in his category.
Swim coach Parkes was backing up from a 50-59 age group win in Friday's 1km swim. Robinson-Mills and fellow junior, Brooklyn Henry, also won their age groups in this event with Henry placing sixth overall and Robinson-Mills seventh female. Mandy Meredith won gold in her age group while Matt Lewis won bronze. Allira Murray won the 10-15 age group in the 500m swim and was second female overall.
Jackie Lyons also did multiple events over the weekend winning her 40-49 age group in Friday's aquathon - a fast and furious swim/run.