For the second round in a row we had an all time record field, this time we had 35 in the main race plus one runner only plus 4 in the kids race.
Not only are the kids having a ball but they are all improving too.
Lachlan Basten swam 3 seconds faster than a fortnight ago and ran 41 seconds quicker for an overall improvement of 44 seconds.
He was pipped on the line by Alex Moss who hasn't raced since the first round of the summer.
The two others in the kids race - both Alistairs - also had good improvements.
Alistair Watts swimming 10 seconds quicker than last round and running 30 seconds quicker and Alistair Hume swimming 9 seconds quicker than his last outing and running 2:49 quicker.
Really well done to all of you boys, keep up the great work!
Thanks also to Wally for timing the kids every round.
With by far the biggest field ever the main race was hectic to say the least.
We had more first timers, plenty of regulars as well as Stoney's promised surprise guest.
Stoney promised not only a surprise guest - who turned out to be an American Professional, Will Kelsay, out here for some training - but also threatened a new course record.
The course record was a 6:25 swim and 13:02 run for a 19:27 total.
Will's run split was only one second off at 13:03 but unfortunately he couldn't match Alex's swim and missed the record by 56 seconds.
He still recorded one of the quickest times ever, a blistering 20:23.
However, despite getting paid to do this for a living he wasn't the quickest in the water.
First timer Dave had a cracking 7:16 swim and followed up with a good run to take 5th in 23:43.
Jared and Emiel were the others under 8 minutes in the water.
The fastest ladies in the water were Jodi in 9:20 and young Hannah in 9:35.
On the run the top 4 splits went to the top 4 finishers.
Will, Jared and Stewart all ran sub-15 minutes and Wally ran 15:20.
Hannah and Jodi were again the fastest ladies, with Hannah taking the overall 10th fastest run split, 16:34, to be the fastest female competitor and 14th overall.
It wasn't just the kids improving tonight. We had 20 of the 35 competitors record their best time for the series.
Series Points: Of the record 35 starters, we had 19 members, all with handicaps to improve upon, and 16 non-members.
The two biggest improvements were a whopping 13% by Elicia in just her second race and over 8.5% by El Presidente Andrew S.
Of the 19 members, 13 improved on their handicap which meant it was very tight for points.
Despite missing out on the podium for the first time this summer Wally has maintained his 16 point lead.
Nev has jumped a couple of spots into second but Tony is only one point behind (87) with Adrian and Jon tied for 4th (80).
Cath (79) has leapfrogged Lisa (78) into the lead female position while Michael, Dane and Josh round out the top 10.
Full points standings and list of current handicap times is here.
Well done to everyone especially the 20 who set series PBs.
Thanks to all the volunteers for helping out with refreshments, timing, BBQ cooking and keeping everyone safe out on the run course.
A special thank you to Santa for taking time out of his busy schedule to grace HTC with his presence.
Here are the full results.