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Multisport athletes contest Waikawa series

The field was small, but the talent vast as the second race in the Waikawa Tri Series was contested at the Waikawa Foreshore in Picton on Sunday.

In perfect conditions, multisport athletes and a couple of solo swimmers competed over a variety of courses set by event organizer Mark Grammer, who found time to tackle the longest race himself.

The long course triathlon, named in memory of leading Marlborough triathlete Michael Huntley, was being contested for the 15

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Marlborough Boys’ College student Gus Marfell, using the race as preparation for the forthcoming NZ schools tri champs, was a clear winner of the men’s section, while Nat Price claimed the women’s title.

The long course tri was raced over a 750m swim, 22km cycle and 4.8km run. Gus finished in a time of one hour, three minutes 38 seconds, Nat in 1.13.01.

The short course tri covered a 300m swim, 11km cycle and 2.4km run. It was taken out by Ryan Marfell in a time of 34 minutes 2 seconds.

A short course duathlon which included a 2.4km run, 10km cycle and 2.4km run was taken out by Leo Marfell while the long course duathlon (2.4km run, 22km cycle and 4.8km run) was won by Sarah Hammond.