Boy wonder runs like wind as Warringah wins triathlon state champs – again

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They won in age groups. They took out the entire podium in the competitive 30-34-year-old male category. And they were awarded the NSW State Club Championship for the second year running.

By any measure Warringah Triathlon Club was the standout club in NSW at Forster last weekend.

Yet perhaps the most exciting performance came from a kid who ran 12th overall and second in the M15-19 age group.

Logan Campbell, 17, burned through the run leg in the fastest time of the entire competition.

After a one-kilometre swim and 30km ride, Campbell took just 25 minutes and 43 seconds to run the eight kilometres home.

“It’s bloody quick,” WTC media official Simon Horrocks said. “He beat 624 athletes home, the entire field.

“His per kilometre time [3:12] was just 35 seconds slower than the pace set by the 10,000m world record holder.”

Logan Campbell, scorching the run leg in Forster. Pic: Chris Harmer, Freshie Photography.

Yes – he did say world record.

In October of 2020 Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda set the 10,000m world record of 26:11 in Valencia, Spain. His pace was 2:37 per kilometre.

And in Forster last weekend Logan Campbell ran 35 seconds slower than that pace after a 1000m swim and 30km ride.

Campbell’s conqueror in the M15-19 category, Martin Kapr of Northern Suburbs Triathlon Club, beat Campbell in the swim by one minute, the ride by five minutes, and by 60 seconds across two transitions.

Warringah triathletes all smiles after the event in Forster. Pic: Chris Harmer, Freshie Photography.

And then Campbell ran like the wind home, burning them all and just failing to reel in his man, falling four minutes behind Kapr in a time of 1:34:14.

“It was a huge effort by Logan,” Horrocks said. “For reference I’m considered a decent-ish runner. Logan did 3:12 pace. I did 4:47!”

How did he do it?

“He’s young,” Horrocks laughed.

“No-one told him you can’t run that fast!”

Go Mum: Support crew for Sally Kelly of Warringah Triathlon Club included Isla (6), Indiana (3) and husband Chris. Pic: Chris Harmer, Freshie Photography.

Warringah took 149 competitors to Forster for the Club Championships and returned as overall winners for the second year in a row.

Highlights for the club abound.

Winning their age groups were Miriam Orr (F35-39), Nicole Ward (F45-49) and John Ketelby (M30-34).

Ketelby sat atop a podium clean-swept by Warringah who also had Ed Alexander (2nd) and Christopher Wallace (3rd) in the competitive M30-34 group. 

There were nerves ahead of the race in Forster. Pic: Chris Harmer, Freshie Photography.
Some were not so nervous. Pic: Chris Harmer, Freshie Photography.

Club President Dave Wiles said the club had been “very keen” to win back-to-back championships.

Yet he said the “most pleasing thing was our participation across the board”. 

“We fielded competitors from nine to 77 years old. 

“We’re a community club and we’re delighted to have representation at all ages and abilities,” Wiles said.

Warringah triathlete Angela Sanderson emerges from the water in Forster. Pic: Chris Harmer, Freshie Photography.

Gongs rained on Warringah.

Ryan Mason placed 2nd in M35-39, Darren Quarrell ran 2nd in M50-54, Jenny Gilbert was 2nd in F60-64 and Michael Smith was also 2nd in the M70-74 group.

And completing the list of honourable runners-up was Warringah’s oldest competitor Geoffrey Thorsen (77) who completed the course in 3:04:31 and placed second in the M75-79 age group.

Amelie Horrocks, 8, with the Triathlon NSW Club Championships Division 1 plate. We count 12 wins – not including 2021. Pic: Simon Horrocks

Other notable performances came from Mathilde Batailler (3rd F30-34) and Ali Fitch (3rd F45-49) while in club duathlon a pair of WTC athletes battled it out with Sarah McLellan taking the win from Nicole Sheather.

The club’s youngest competitor was nine-year-old Erin Helm who competed in the TriKidz event.

Warringah took overall honours with 832 points from Hills Triathlon Club (540) and Balmoral Triathlon Club (522).

For more about Warringah Triathlon Club check out

Brilliant pics courtesy of the talented Chris Harmer of Freshie Photography.

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