We are the champions – again! Warringah Triathlon Club crowned best in NSW for record fourth time

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Following their triumphant return from the Triathlon NSW Club Championships in Forster, Warringah Triathlon Club has been crowned NSW Club Champions for a record fourth year in a row.

WTC was number one in male 15-19, female 35-39, female 45-49 and male 55-59 categories.

There were podiums across the board, right up to female 65-69 and male 70-74.

They even reckon they won the party.

They are number one: WTC is the champion club in NSW for the fourth time. Pic: Chris Harmer / Freshie Photography.

“We’re known as the ‘long course club’ because we take more athletes to Ironman events than any other club,” WTC media official Simon Horrocks says.

“Out of the 800 athletes from 43 clubs that went to Forster for the state championships, we had 96 athletes along with a ton of volunteers and technical officials.”

Good times in the bike leg in Forster. Pic: Chris Harmer / Freshie Photography.

WTC is the biggest club in NSW with 400 members including Olympian Emma Jeffcoat.

They count several former Ironman world champions in their ranks.

WTC’s most promising colt is Logan Campbell, 18, who ran first overall male 15-19 in Forster.

A product of WTC’s junior academy and an Emma Jeffcoat Scholarship winner, Campbell’s run leg at Forster was 23 minutes 45 seconds or 3:22 per km, just 40 seconds slower than the 10km world record pace.

One to watch: Logan Campbell. Pic: Chris Harmer / Freshie Photography.

On the bike leg he averaged 37km/h.

The winner of the Tour de France winner typically averages around 39 km/h.

They say he runs so fast because no-one told him he can’t.

Athletes prepare for the swim leg at Forster in the Triathlon NSW Club Championships. Pic: Chris Harmer / Freshie Photography.

“Our junior program is reaping huge dividends,” Horrocks says.

“As well as Logan we had Millie Thornthwaite second in female 15-19.

“We placed third overall in juniors, our best result.”

Powering through the morning light in Forster. Pic: Chris Harmer / Freshie Photography.

Horrocks says the Northern Beaches landscape lends itself to triathlon.

They swim with the pink-hatted ‘Bold and the Beautiful’ people each morning at Manly Lifesaving Club.

There’s also Manly Dam or Narrabeen Lake.

Nerves before the swim leg in Forster. Pic: Chris Harmer / Freshie Photography.

They’ll cycle around Akuna Bay, Bobbin Head, the Old Pacific Highway.

Training for a run is as simple as putting on the on the shoes and heading to Long Reef headland.

And you may join them.

Horrocks says one of WTC’s strengths is the collegiate feel.

Kids and complete new-comers rub shoulders at training with world champions.

WTC has a large focus on junior triathletes: Pic: Chris Harmer / Freshie Photography.

And there’s a race for everyone.  

“Our plan going forward is to make it easy for people new to triathlon,” Horrocks says.

“It’s actually cheaper and less time-consuming than people might imagine.

“We hold multiple training sessions in each discipline each week.

Powering home in the run leg in Forster. Pic: Chris Harmer / Freshie Photography.

“Swimming can be in competitive squads or with a group heading to Shelley Beach in snorkel, fins, whatever makes you comfortable,” Horrocks says.

WTC holds female-only training and female-only races.

There’s a focus on families with many travelling en masse to Forster where Horrocks says “we definitely won the fourth leg, too – the party!”

Celebrations in full swing in Forster following WTC’s triumphant returns in the club championships. Pic: Chris Harmer / Freshie Photography.

WTC hosts races on the northern beaches each month.

The North Head ones are the most accessible challenge.

The short course is a 375m swim, a 12km bike and a three kilometre run.

“My dad could do that,” Horrocks says, “and he’s 92!”

Get in touch with WTC via www.warringahtriathlonclub.com

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