21st October 2014
Jeremy Cotter and Liz Pluimers Dominate
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The Toyota Hydrothon returned to Greenmount to complete the final event for 2014.
A small but dedicated field took up the challenge in ideal Gold Coast conditions consisting of a small 1-2 foot swell with light easterly winds. With not a cloud in the sky, things were bound to hot up and that they did with some hot racing to be had.
Using Hydrothon to dip his toe back into multi-sport events, 34year old former Uncle Tobys Iron Man, Jeremy Cotter showed that he has still got what it takes to compete at the pointy end of racing by dominating the men's field from the get go.
Tested all the way by Hydrothon regular Sam Fuller, Cotter came out first after the 1.3km Swim then pulled away during the 11kmpaddle leg before maintaining a healthy lead during the 10km run to win in a time of 1:40:03 (highlighted by a fast sub 35min 10km run). Sam fuller finished just under 4min later in 1:44:01 with 3rd place going to first timer Dan Bowker who made up time during the paddle and run legs to finish in a respectable 1:49:19.
It was all one way traffic in the Open Female category with Liz Pluimers backing up from her Hydrothon Manly win to once take line honours in a time of 1:57. Sunshine Coast, young gun Peggy Harris kept Liz honest finishing in 2nd place in 2:10.
Special thanks to the North Burleigh Heads surf club who enter quite a number of teams into Greenmount. This stacked the odds in their favour in taking first place which they did thanks to a top effort from Zoe Heiniger, Stuart Snell and Claudia Larkins. The Boys from Brunswick Heads “Brunswick Bandits” placed 2nd with 3rd going to “NBChicks”
StepIn gave a number of competitors a chance to test their skills in the half distance course with Daniel Covill, Gavin Cole and John Lewis taking 1st, 2nd & 3rd.
Well done to all the competitors and a big thank you the volunteers from Tweed Heads & Coolangatta SLSC for putting on a great event.
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