10 Feb 2010"Winners: Brent Foster and Carmel Hanly"

  • St Helier's Bay
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  • Swim: 500 metre
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  • Run: 5 kilometre
Cooper Rand & Lee Greer at the final turn Andrew Parsons & Danielle Parkinson & Fleur Walter

The sixth event in the 2XU Stroke & Stride Series rode into town on the back of a gusty southwester spitting out an occasional shower. Fortunately for the multitude of competitors and spectators gathered on the beach the wind was blowing offshore and any precipitation was of the lightest variety as it brushed past St Heliers Bay and out towards Auckland’s iconic volcanic Rangitoto Island.

Five hundred metres of swimming hardly seems worth getting wet for however even seconds lost out on the water can prove crucial down the road when the finish line comes into sight. The men’s field was the first to navigate the tight little course and before 6 minutes had ticked past one swimmer had already touched the sand.

To get the jump on the field when the swim is so short requires acceleration, speed and experience. Brent Foster has these three attributes in bucket loads; literally decades of racing the world’s best swimmers will do that for you. Trailing him by 15 seconds was Lee Greer and Sam Franklin then there was another break of 10 seconds before Michael Poole lead in an elongated posse including Liam Scopes clocking 6 minutes 27 seconds and Sam Morreau with a 6 minutes 39 second time.

As the men disappeared on their 5 kilometre run towards Mission Bay the hooter sounded for the women’s field to start. Reigning Series Champion Simone Ackermann didn’t have any international swim stars to chase around the cans so she did the leading and was first back into transition recording a time of 7 minutes 11 seconds. Simone was at the head of a long, long line of swimmers intent on hunting her down.

The five kilometre run involves a couple of kilometres to the first turn at Mission Bay, then returns to St Heliers with a second turn cone to be negotiated before the punishing sprint up the beach to finish.

The men’s field were all chasing swim leader Brent Foster however they had no more luck out on the pavement as no inroads were made at all and Fozzie ran home a comfortable winner in what is likely his least favoured mix of distances.

Liam Scopes loves the long run and was too strong for all the guys he started the run with and claimed the valuable second place. His best Stroke & Stride result ever got Sam Morreau on the podium and in the prize money and his own personal swag of those prized points. Next in was Sam Franklin just holding out Cameron Burstall who was also celebrating his best ever result.

The form runner this summer has been Carmel Hanly and the 5 kilometre distance is her bread and butter so no huge surprise when she runs in for her second victory of the season. Simone Ackermann secures second place holding out Amy Wilkinson having a fine debut race.

The top five is competed by Georgia Lloyd and Amelia Watkinson both big improvers recording their own personal Stroke & Stride best ever result.

When there are just two races to go you want to have your hand well and truly up if you hope to be crowned the Series Champion. Right now past and multiple times champs Brent Foster and Carmel Hanly are doing just that with healthy leads in their quest to regain those titles.

Brent Foster (2nd, 1st, 2nd, 2nd & 1st) has got himself 14 points clear of Liam Scopes (2nd, 4th, 2nd, 4th & 2nd), another 13 points back to Sam Franklin (4th, 6th, 4th, 3rd & 4th) and 6 points to Sam Morreau (5th, 6th, 5th, 5th & 3rd)

There are 6 points between the 2006, 2007 and 2008 champion Carmel Hanly (1st, 3rd, 3rd, 2nd & 1st) and the 2009 champion Simone Ackermann (2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 4th & 2nd) so we’ll be watching with interest to see who has the stronger finish as the 2010 season wraps up.

Also needing to finish with a flourish and currently fighting over that final podium spot are Maddie Dillon, Teresa Adam and Georgia Lloyd.



Brent Foster

23m 06s


Liam Scopes

23m 40s


Sam Morreau

23m 50s


Sam Franklin        AUS

23m 58s


Cameron Burstall

24m 00s


Tama Christensen

24m 13s


Sam Ward

24m 21s


Cooper Rand

24m 57s


Lee Greer

25m 01s


Seton Hill

25m 14s


Harry Dillon

25m 15s


Jamie Whyte

25m 26s


Ben Chidgey

25m 37s


Matthew McQueen

25m 53s


Todd Calkin

25m 58s



Carmel Hanly

25m 34s


Simone Ackermann

26m 48s


Amy Wilkinson

26m 56s


Georgia Lloyd

27m 42s


Amelia Watkinson

27m 47s


Tanya Dromgool

27m 52s


Megan Roper

27m 55s


Emily Pearce

28m 21s


Lizzie Orchard

28m 45s


Elise Salt

28m 56s


Brigitte Hicks

29m 20s


Rebecca Burridge

29m 40s


Rachel Bowie

29m 43s


Kristen Baker

29m 56s


Philippa Brown

29m 57s

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