29 February 1996"Winners: Megan Evans and Brent Foster"

  • St Helier's Bay
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  • Swim: 1000 metre
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  • Run: 3 kilometre

A large international contingent from countries including Switzerland, Germany, Australia, Japan, France, United States, Zimbabwe, Austria, Venezuela and the United Kingdom joined the local competitors for the seventh race in the Stroke & Stride Series.  Auckland turned on some great weather for the visitors as they tackled the 1000 metre swim and 3 kilometre run at St Heliers Bay.

The women’s field were started first and the pace was furious at the front as a group of five got a break on the remainder of the field.  First to run up the beach was Jackie Read in a time of 11 minutes and 1 second, she was followed by Megan Evans (11 min  11 sec), Megan Dalton (11 min 21 sec), Naomi Calder (11 min 24 sec) and Marisa Pentecost (11 min 29 sec).  These five therefore set out on the run all in sight of each other and the large crowd eagerly waited to see if placings would alter on the out and back run leg to Kohimarama.  Wellington’s Megan Evans has won all the major short course triathlons in New Zealand this summer and carried this form into her first Stroke & Stride of the season as she recorded fastest run of the night and claimed her first ever win in a Stroke & Stride.  Series leader Megan Dalton moved up to second on the run ahead of Gisborne’s Naomi Calder.  Jackie Read finished in fourth place, ten seconds ahead of Marisa Pentecost in fifth.

The men’s field featured a clash of the codes.  Representing Surf Life Saving was the defending men’s champion Brent Foster and representing Triathlon was their junior world champion, Nathan Richmond.  Both these two are outstanding swimmers so it was no surprise to see them first and second out of the water, Brent Foster recording 10 minutes 19 seconds and Nathan Richmond 10 minutes 30 seconds.  Also well placed were Malcolm McGregor (10 min 47 sec) and Brendon Downey (10 min 50 sec).  Unfortunately for Nathan Richmond on this occasion Brent Foster was taking no prisoners and ran away with the race  recording the fastest run split of the night to go with his fastest swim time.  Nathan Richmond had won the last two races however this time had to settle for second place.  Brendon Downey overhauled Malcom McGregor during the run for third and Chris Andrews was the only recognised runner to break into the top five despite being 70 seconds down after the swim.

The Series Grand Prix will be decided in the next race and results in this race would prove crucial for athletes attempting to cement positions in the top five and share in the increased prize money recently announced.

Male

1

Brent Foster

21m 02s

2

Nathan Richmond

21    42

3

Brendon Downey

22    07

4

Malcolm McGregor

22    10

5

Chris Andrews

22    15

6

Eddie Rosser

22    43

7

Mako Ueki       JAP

22    56

8

Dean Foster

23    01

9

Ken Hight

23    09

10

Tilly Baum       GER

23    13

11

Paul Duffy

23    17

12

Steven Nicholls

23    46

13

Robert Haynes

23    48

14

Brett Piskulic

23    54

15

Rick Faulding

24    02

Female

1

Megan Evans

23m 59s

2

Meagan Dalton

24    20

3

Naomi Calder

24    31

4

Jackie Read

24    48

5

Marisa Pentecost

24    58

6

Nicola de Lautour

25    25

7

Debbie Tanner

25    37

8

Roxane Benney

25    43

9=

Kirsty Allan

26    49

9=

Sarah Dearlove

26    49

11

Trish Batchelor       AUS

27    05

12

Gayle Clark

27    17

13

Marion Thiel       GER

27    22

14

Allison Hunter

27    25

15

Suzanne Clark

27    28

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