This year’s race report is revealed in part through statistics. Statistics rarely tell a complete story – yet some figures from this glorious occasion are compelling in themselves.
Today will be remembered as an astonishing race: every single solo athlete completed the event for the first time, while the teams presented a burgeoning bouquet of records across the field and across the course, and the best ever completion rate from all the teams. Other records include the highest ever number of enthusiastic compliments and expressions of gratitude to the organisers, and quite possibly the most and brightest smiles throughout the day. And by the way, the weather was perfect throughout… Some highlights:
* Each Solo Champion, several attempting this supreme challenge for the first time – Michael Brennan (9:43:19); Nathan Stewart (9:57:59); Josh Campton (10:19:45); Malcolm Brown (10:42:03); Dave Ellis (10:47:41); and High Mander (11:51:44) – we salute and honour your heroic achievements!
* A new outright course record, and best time ever for an Open Team of 4, set by “Half still Partially Intact” (David Peedom, Andrew Griffin & Rohan Essex) – 7:51:43
* New course record for an Open Team of 12 by the “East Jindy Pirates” ((Aurel Wachter, Jay Furtner, Niki Fisher, Yvette Burns, Jeannette Korten, James Taylor, Trent Lowe, Oliver Michael) – 8:46:00
* New course record for an All-Female Team of 12 from “Alpine Allsorts” (Kym O'Halloran, Jacqui Keogh, Sarah Boyd, Krissi Brewster, Kathryn Dwan, Celine Payet, Joo-Inn Chew, Lindy Edwards) – 11:22:35
* New course record for a Mixed Team of 12 by “Go Getters” (Ben Silke, Oliver Lilford, Ainsley Pahljina, Ebony Tanzen, Aidan Myatt, Isaac Bell, Ira Dudley-Bestow) – 8:57:24
* Individual leg records for the following –
– solo records from Michael Brennan for swim 1 (19:15) and swim 2 (38:46); and Nathan Stewart for paddle 2 (25:45)
– team leg split records for Jen Gold for swim 1 (19:32); Ainsley Pahljina for run 1 (30:28); Linda Stahlgren for bike 1 (31:00); Jeannette Korten for bike 2 (27:25); and Trent Lowe by less than a minute for the famous bike 3 (1:48:09); and David Peedom for swim 3 (16:09).
The number and variety of people who give of themselves and their services to allow such a complex event to roll out include officials and staff from Snowy Monaro Regional Council; Kosciuszko National Park; Snowy Hydro; NSW RMS; Les Threlfo and Volunteer Marine Rescue; June Weston for use of her land; the Jindabyne mountain bike trail community; Andrew Miller (pilot of the Creel Bay ferry); Doug Chatten (medical); Alina McMaster, Tom Landon-Smith and family (constant encouragement and on-the-day services including kayaks for Creel Bay ferry self-service); Jindabyne Sailing Club; Terry Dixon; Justin Hayden from Triathlon Australia (Technical Delegate); Andy Walker and Richard Smyth (sweep riders); Ashley McCormack & daughter; Brad Frazer & Leighton Bates (traffic controllers); Matt Barnes, Robin Ward & Sam Pfitzner (padders on the swim courses); volunteer helpers of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team from Mongolia, the UK, New Zealand, Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne. Our immense gratitude to you all!