The removal of swimming and kayak legs from the Tremains Triathlon because of the contamination of Pandora Pond in Napier did little to dampen the competition in the event with possibly the closest finish in its 25 years yesterday.
The run-bike-run version, with 282 teams, ended with four teams finishing in under one hour, headed by a Central Hawke’s Bay College team’s 56min 58sec.
The first three in the open-entry male, female and mixed categories finished just 2 minutes 26 seconds apart, first place going to all-male team Pulped Up, finishing in 57min 23sec. The first mixed team, Knock Out 1, was second overall, and the first female team,Abb4-Ness, was 20th overall, in 1hr 9min 3sec.
The event started and ended at the Meeanee Quay Reserve, at Westshore, where most of about 800 participants gathered for the prizegiving.
Because of the contamination issue, organisers made an early decision to replace the swim and kayak lags with a second running leg.
Entries had declined, possibly because of a weekend-clash with the Relay for Life cancer fundraiser in Hastings and the Triple Peaks endurance event on Mt Kahuranaki, Mt Erin and Te Mata Peak, both held on Saturday.
The three events were on three separate weekends last year.
Tremains director Simon Tremain, who was out of town and missed taking part
for the first time in a very long time, noted the Horse of the Year Show is on next weekend and would have also clashed with the Mission Concert but for its cancellation.
“The good thing,” he said, conceding his absence had wasted little if any training, “is that anyone can take part in this triathlon with very little training. They don’t have to do the whole lot.”
“But also, a lot more people are getting a lot more active,” he said. “The feedback I’ve had so far is that everyone enjoyed the tighter course, and the start-finish area on the Meeanee Quay Reserve.”
The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board was particularly active, with 34 teams, the most entered by any company or organisation.
Male: Pulped Up, 57min 23sec, 1; Brittin Builders, 59min 42sec, 2; Amo 45, 1hr 3min 3sec, 3.
Female: Abb4-Ness, 1hr 9min 3sec, 1; Abb1-Power, 1hr 12min 38sec, 2; Hawke’s Bay Regional Council 1, 1hr 12min 41sec, 3.
Mixed: Knock Out 1, 58min 22sec, 1; Team O’pig, 1min 4min 29sec, 2; Westpackers, 1hr 7min, 10sec, 3.
High Schools: Central Hawke’s Bay College, 56min 58sec, 1; William Colenso College Will I Am 2, 1hr 7min 56sec, 2; Taradale High School 2m 1hr 8min 29sec, 3.