STG WRAP-UP: 18 November 2013

03 weeks to Ironman WA

03 weeks to Callala Beach Classic

04 weeks to Canberra 70.3

09 weeks to Auckland 70.3

09 weeks to Kurnell Race 2

11 weeks to Challenge Melbourne 70.3

14 weeks to Huskisson Tri Festival

Hi team,

Congratulations to those few who braved the weather and raced the Sydney Sprint Race 1 at Kurnell this morning. With the heavy rain last night it must have been touch and go whether the race went ahead or not.

Some exceptional results to report with Simon Hatlee finishing 17th in a field of 64 and Gareth Rydon finishing 5th in the very competitive 30-34 group. Meanwhile a strong STG women’s contingent featuring Faith Geraghty who completed a big week of racing finishing 7th in her category. Newish recruit Dani Barclay racing on her home turf finished close behind Faith in 12th position. Best result of the day went to STG’s Kona champ Cathy Verry who climbed the podium in 2nd place. Full results listed below.

Thanks Nathan Bellgrove for sharing his sharp pics on the STG facebook page for us.

Kurnell Race 1 2013
Name (#)


Categ (Pos)




Simon HATLEE (565)


35-39  (17)




Gareth RYDON (766)


30-34  (5)




Faith GERAGHTY (486)


30-34  (7)




Dani BARCLAY (460)


30-34  (12)




Cathy VERRY (214)


60-64  (2)




Sublime Pt
Recent ride to Sublime Point during dryer times.

Also congratulations to our substitute coach Alex Rogers who placed 3rd overall in the JP Morgan run event last week in a blistering 17:47 for a 5.6km (3 mile) race on a hilly course. Faith Geraghty also did us proud as the 38th placed female, while our record holding 5km run time-trialist Steve Ellis romped home in 27th place.

Club Championships Update

As promised last week, welcome to the first wrap-up of the STG Club Championship table for 2013/14 season.  These results include Noosa, Huskisson OD and Mandurah 70.3 but not today’s Kurnell sprint.

Shelley accepting the most improved award for last year’s season (Shelley’s the one not pouting)

In the women’s field we have Alex Rudge on top at 2,273 (2 races), not far behind is our current women’s champion Faith Geraghty on 2,239 (2 races) and third place Cathy Verry on 2,011 (2 races).  Interestingly Alex and Faith were equal leading up to Noosa however a strong performance from Alex saw her pull away to an early lead. Just behind the leaders is Shelley Maxwell-Smith on 1,969 (2 races) and a bunch including the likes of Fran Boase, Dani Barclay and Ciara Liu who all have just one race counted so far but will surely put pressure on the top three as the season continues.  On the watch list is Sarah Webb who will be racing Busselton as her first race this season.

In the men’s field, I know Daniel Buttard will be pleasantly surprised to find himself enjoying the top spot 2,877 (3 races), fellow Cairns 70.3 competitor Simon Duffy is not far behind on 2,044 (2 races) and breathing down their necks is Shaun Wadham after a very strong Noosa result on 1,207 (1 race). Current club champion Steve Ellis is sitting in 4th place on 1,159 (1 race) and Gareth Rydon not far behind on 1,137 (1 race). Behind them and certainly in contention this year we find Simon Hatlee, Gareth Chang and David Stirk.

But it’s early days and I expect the next update, which will include today’s Kurnell Sprint, Busselton IM, Canberra 70.3 and Callala Bay Beach Classic will shake things up substantially. Guys to watch out for will be Will Walker who will compete for the first time this year at Canberra and last years runner up Nick Cunningham who will be racing for the first time at Busselton.

See the full list of qualifying races for this season here

The table will be updated on the STG website shortly.

Did You Know..?

Wetsuits are forbidden in races where;

  • the water temp is above 20 degrees for any distance shorter than and including 1500m
  • 23 degrees up to 3000m and
  • 24 degrees above 3000m except in special circumstances.

Triathlon Australia Race Competition Rule 2.5

Sydney Training Weather

I hope you got some training in over the weekend, the rain is bucketing down as I write. Fortunately both mornings this weekend had some respite for those brave enough to venture out. I’m sorry to say that occasional showers (as opposed to rain) are predicted to continue all the way through to next weekend, however temps will be mid twenties which is about 10 degrees warmer than today.

Nick Richardson accepting the “cotton wool” award for softest crash last season.

Sunrise: 05:42 (first light 5:15)

Sunset: 19:37 (last light 20:05)

Bondi Water Temp: slightly warmer at 20 degrees

See you at training.

Jeff Sapier
Head Coach