Island duo dominate mountain
KING OF THE
HAMILTON Island locals Ashlea Achilles and Travis Clarke have taken out the King of the Mountain race on their home turf over the weekend.
The pair put on a dominant display and Clarke just pipped his female counterpart for the title of overall winner.
Achilles led through much of the early stages but Clarke stayed within range and was fearless on the ascent.
The lead actually swapped several times, with the fiercely competitive Achilles refusing to yield, despite having the women's crown clearly in her keeping.
Clarke hit the home stretch and surged once more, powering onto the beach a mere four seconds in front of Achilles.
Kyle Rose came in third overall and second in the male category after he crossed two minutes later, before Hawaiian stand-up paddle board legend Jenny Kalmbach arrived to claim second place in the female division.
Former Queen of the Mountain and current Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series competitor Jordan Mercer took the bronze whilst for the men it was Brett Reedman.
Clarke wiped 35 seconds from the course record while Achilles lowered Australian Mountain Running representative Deahne Turnbull's women's record by over a minute and a half to 33:09.
Defending champion Ryder Harvey led home the 2.6km junior men's race from Mackay runners Johahn Strecker and Eli Horak.
For the girls, Shaylah Hunter led home island guest Chelsea Ledger and younger sister Cara Hunter.
Both Harvey and the Hunters are members of the Hamilton Island Junior Triathlon Squad coached by champion Ashlea Achilles so their future certainly looks bright.
The build-up for the triathlon season commences this weekend with the North Queensland Games Splash n Dash.
Whitsunday Triathlon Club will field several competitors in the race that forms part of the Sportspower Splash n Dash Series and the club feels it will attract more and more people to the club.
"If you can support the event, as a volunteer or as a competitor, please do so," club president Stephen Jackson said.
"Registration is from 12.30pm for a 2pm start and entry fees for this event are $25. Hopefully we can get a start and start spreading the word about the upcoming events, especially in the Airlie region and attract some new members to our club,"
To be involved call Stephen Jackson on
0408 236 483.