McNicol wins Bargara duathlon

AS THE last competitors crossed the finish line of the Bargara Triathlon Club duathlon, plans were already under way for the next two legs of the inaugural three-competition series.

The newly-formed club was christened at Moore Park Beach on Saturday by a modest entry pool of athletes and fitness fanatics.

Bargara Triathlon Club vice-president Guy McNicol stamped his mark on the event, emerging from the senior competition victorious after a close tussle with Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club's Jason Pascoe.

Pascoe established a healthy lead in the one kilometre open water swim and set a formidable pace on land in the eight kilometre run.

McNicol has his work cut out for him but managed to close in on the 3km mark and used a trademark surge of speed to take the lead.

McNicol finished two minutes ahead of Pascoe with a time of 1 hour and 45 seconds.

Moore Park Beach Surf Life Saving Club's Lewis McLure claimed the intermediate category with a time of 29 minutes 30 seconds and emerging athlete.

Breanna French was too quick in the junior competition with a time of nine minutes and seven seconds.

Bargara Triathlon Club president Brian Wilson said the event had proven the need for more triathlon events in the Bundaberg region.

“For a first event, we're very happy with the numbers of competitors,” he said.

“It shows this is something the community will support,” Wilson added.

Wilson is now organising a triathlon to be held in Moore Park in April and a duathlon to be held in March.

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