Great conditions again for Round 10 of the Friday Night Aquathlon Series and a big field of 27 starters.
We 16 members, plenty of regulars and 3 first-timers.
There was good racing across the entire field but the best of it was in the final wave start.
Second-timer Chris again scorched in the swim, exiting with a lead of over 50 seconds over Wally with Adrian not far behind.
5 of the 6 remaining swimmers in the wave finished within 20 seconds of each other.
Wally reeled Chris in without too much trouble on the run and most of the chase pack passed Adrian by the turnaround.
Steve Hume, who had started a minute behind the final wave, chased hard and passed everyone except for Wally, but the minutes starting difference was enough for him to take the race win by 12 seconds.
Sam C had another strong run to take 4th outright with Ben Foster sneeking into 3rd from the second wave with the 3rd fastest run split.
Hannah gave most of the final wave almost 60 seconds headstart out of the swim but reeled in most of her more senior competitors to take 5th outright with a 25s PB, beating Gavin by just 7 seconds.
The rest of the top 10 were El Presidente Andrew S, Chris W who held off a fast finishing Adrian by just 3 seconds who inturn held off Dane by just 7 seconds.
Elsewhere, Laurel gave up a handy lead out of the water in the second wave to be pipped by Ben B and Michael.
She still picked up 2nd female home by about 90 seconds over Lisa.
In the first wave, Michelle was first out of the water with the 6th overall fastest swim and held on to beat Karen by a bit over a minute, taking 4th female home in the process.
Series Points: Of our 26 finishers there were 16 members.
The big improver was Michelle who beat her previous time by 2 minutes, improving on her handicap by over 7%, earning her the 30 points this round.
Ben B and Laurel also beat their handicaps by around 3% taking 28 and 26 points respectively.
Others to beat their handicap were Elicia, Karen, Steve H, Sarah C & Elissa.
With Nev volunteering this round his tally from his top 8 rounds (156) did not change.
Elicia's good form has seen her jump to the top of the standings level with Nev but from only 7 rounds.
Tony holds down third two points back with Wally just 3 points behind in fourth.
Cath (145) leads Lisa by 4 points for fifth with Adrian (139), Michael (137) & Ben B (126) close behind.
Dane (103) has pushed Andrew S out of the Top 10 by 3 points with his best time since Christmas.
Full points standings and list of current handicap times is here.
Well done to everyone including the 5 kids that had a go today and as usual a big thanks to all the volunteers.
Here are the full results.