Gravett wins tri-a-fun event

2016-05-04 06:00

EAST London’s elite triathlete, 27-year-old Clinton Gravett, was a popular winner at Sunday’s Tri-a-Fun triathlon series hosted by the Eastern Province Triathlon Association at Pollok Beach.

The penultimate round of the four-part fun triathlon event was well attended and included both individual and team entry in the primary schools, high schools and adult races.

Chelsey Cooke (12) and Andrew Bosch (13) were the first to cross the line in the sub sprint distance for primary school children. Britney Brown and Jodi Wilson took second and third respectively in the girls’ category.

Salmaan Abrahams and Reghardt Klinkenburg took the remaining podium positions in the boys’ category.

In the team category it was the Hufkie Bros team winning from the Tri Girls.

In the high school super sprint event, 14-year- old East London triathlete Travis Saunders was a comfortable winner ahead of Muhammad Allie and Dewald Klinkenburg. Team Whitesox won the team category and Ameena Cupp the girls’ category.

With a good field of just more than 60 participants, the sprint distance triathlon saw Merrick Fairall and Jamie Riddle leading out of the swim and cycle, but a fast running Gravett was too strong for the field and won in a fast time of 1 hour and 9 seconds ahead of the top three teams, Living Legacy (Riddle and Mila Zibi), Nutritech Elite (Byron Bronkhorst, Mauritz Erasmus and David Majara), and TDR (Travis McGrath, Ross Barnard, Donovan Shehab).

December’s About IT Triathlon Summer Series winner, 19-year-old Keegan Cooke, was the second individual home in 1 hour 1 minute, with Fairall in third place in 1 hour 3 minutes.

Bloemfontein’s Jayme Sue Vermaas was the first woman home, finishing in a time of 1 hour 10 minutes ahead of PE’s Liza Kingston (just 15 seconds back) and Alexia Loizou.

The final round of the Tri-a-fun series takes place on Sunday, May 15, at Pollok Beach with a great array of prizes up for grabs and a massive incentive for a teacher who brings 10 or more school entries to the event.

In an effort to encourage participation from both primary and high school children, the Tri-A-Fun organisers will be raffling a weekend for two at Shamwari Game Reserve (accommodation, meals and game drives included).

A teacher whose school has 10 or more entries will secure an entry into this lucky draw. Teachers will get an additional ticket in the draw for every five additional entries they bring in. To date there have been no takers, so a massive opportunity to a deserving teacher out there to get the entries in for the 15th and bag a wonderful weekend away.

For the final round, the top three boys’ and girls’ schools teams (primary and high schools) will be awarded prizes, as will the top three individuals finishers in each category. The top three male and female teams and the top three age group winners in the individual race as well as the overall male and female winners will each win a set of tyres sponsored by General Tyre.

Other prizes on the morning will be sponsored by Sharwoods, Toby’s Caltex, Cytomax, Kauai, Triangle Sports, Adidas, Performance Bikes and Hooke Sea Fishing.

See www.Tri-a-Fun.com for further information and to register before Friday, May 13, when entries close.

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