Aquathon to test athletes

SOME of the best athletes Port Macquarie has to offer will be in action at Flynn’s Beach today, as the Port triathlon and surf life saving clubs battle it out at the annual aquathon.

Members from each club will vie for bragging rights in the event, which consists of an 800m beach run, 400m surf swim and 2km run to finish.

Points for the top 10 in each age group are awarded, and the club that has the most points takes bragging rights for the year.

Both clubs say they are in with a chance of doing well.

Port Macquarie SLSC club president Jade Zaicew said his team should have the edge.

“Traditionally we’ve handled the ocean swim better than them,” he said.

“And we’re used to beach running.”

Port Tri Club vice-president Jo Pilgrim was adamant her members would do well.

“Us for sure,” she said when asked which club would triumph.

“It’s a good thing to get both clubs together.”

Former surf club president Tony Wright said his club was keen to continue its success, after winning the aquathon last year.

“They got the first two,” he said of the tri club.

There’ll be events for kids, consisting of shorter runs and beach wades.

The kids’ wade gets underway at 6pm, with registration from 5pm.

Members from both clubs are invited to a barbecue and drinks afterwards.

For more information on the event, phone Mel Cockshutt on 0478 405 207.

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