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Coming out of the water running for the bikes
REPORTING · 6th July 2010
Merv Ritchie
Corrected On Sunday, July 4th, the annual ‘Barkman Triathlon’ was held at Furlong Bay, Lakelse Lake. The weather was almost perfect to keep the competitors from overheating while pushing themselves to the limit.

Three main events made up the competition. The Olympic Triathlon challenge consisted of a double run of the course, the Sprint Triathlon, half the Olympic, and the Duathlon, which eliminated the swimming portion of the race.

The Triathlon events began with a swim followed by a bike race and a 10 kilometer run. The land foot and bike racing left Lakelse Lake and proceeded down hwy 37 to Krumm Road over to Old Lakelse Lake Road and back to Lakelse Lake through Jackpine Flats. Only one group participated in this as a relay team all the rest were individual competitors completing all aspects of the race.

Two categories were assigned to each sex, the Male and Female; Open and Masters. The Open were racers between the ages of 16 and 39 while the Masters were for those men and women 40 and older. Willie Muller proved to be the top dog overall this year in the full event after placing second to Travis Macdonald last year but like this year still first in his class besting his last year results by over three minutes. Sherrie Hamer also took top spot again this year in her class, Masters Female however Lindsay Hewson, Female Open took third place overall.

Results;

Barkman Olympic Distance Triathlon:

1.5 km Swim / 40 km Bike / 5 km Run

Results: Winners
Open Men:

Robert Millar (Prince Rupert) 2:35:28
Open Women:
Lindsay Hawson (Terrace) 2:40:51
Masters Men:
Willy Muller (Terrace) 2:23:31
Masters Women:
Sherrie Hamer (Terrace) 2:51:16

Barkman Sprint Distance Triathlon:
.75 km Swim / 20 km Bike / 5 km Run

Results: Winners
Open Men:

David Pottle (Terrace) 1:25:05
Open Women:
Brenna Sterner (Terrace) 1:19:33
Masters Men:
Ray Warner (Salmon Arm) 1:15:24
Masters Women:
Deborah Helsdon (Terrace) 1:56:57


Barkman Duathlon:

5 km Run / 40 km Bike / 5 km Run

Results: Winners
Open Men:

Ernest Hidbur: (Terrace) 2:08:06
Open Women:
Meghan Sinclair (Terrace) 2:16:43
The transition point where swimmers mounted their bikes after the swim
The transition point where swimmers mounted their bikes after the swim
Organizer of the event, Crystal Thomas, standing on the left
Organizer of the event, Crystal Thomas, standing on the left
Many time keepers were in service, donating their energy to this event.
Many time keepers were in service, donating their energy to this event.