While the race has been run over different courses and comprised different formats over the years one thig has remained constant, the title is always hotly contested as joining the honour roll of winners will put your name alongside some of the greatest names in Triathlon.
Richie was a much loved member of Cronulla Triathlon Club who passed away all too young and as a legacy to Richie all money raised continues to go to the Heart Foundation.
The race incorporates a 1km swim in the safe waters of beautiful Gunnamatta Bay and a 5km run through the lush and shady surroundings of Gunnamatta Park and this year it doubles as the National Aquathlon championships which has added to the allure of this already prestigious race.
In previous years speeches have been made reminding racers of Richie and his athletic prowess prior to his passing. This year Richie’s friend Sharon Walker spoke beautifully of Richie the person, and finished with the following passage:
The junior racing kicked off the day and the next generation of triathletes hit the water for varying distances, however while some of the kids may have been new to the sport some names were very familiar with young Maroney’s, Southwell’s and Alexander’s doing their parents proud.
The main race’s participants ranged from young up and coming short course specialists to an Ironman Champion in Paul Ambrose. Almost 150 punters took to the clear waters of Gunamatta Bay on a sparkling Sydney day to try and add their name to the list of champions.
The start of the "splash and dash"
Long course training couldnt keep Ironman champ Paul Ambrose in contention
In the end youth won out with last year’s winner Nathan Breen backing up to take the title again by 7 seconds from Sam Douglas and young Laura May taking out the female division by a little over two minutes to Rowena Moore.
After a swag of lucky draw prizes kept the kids happy, the trophy for the winners was presented by Richie Walkers parents and Nathan and Laura’s names will be immortalised in illustrious company forever.
Nathan Breen makes it two in a row
Laura May gets home for her first Richie Walker victory.
All smiles on the womens podium
Richie Walkers parents present the trophy to the winners.
The Richie Walker trophy containing the names of some of the worlds best.
1 0117 NATHAN BREEN 00:29:51 1 view
2 0128 SAM DOUGLAS 00:29:58 1 view
3 0182 DEREK MULHEARN 00:31:48 M25-29 1 view
4 0102 PAUL AMBROSE 00:31:53 1 view
5 0231 CHRISTOPHER BREEN 00:32:11
1 0173 LAURA MAY 00:35:00 F16-19 1 view
2 0179 ROWENA MOORE 00:37:14 2 F35-39 1 view
3 0152 OLIVIA JEFFREY 00:38:05 2 view
4 0183 SALLY MUSGROVE 00:38:30 1 view
5 0236 NICOLE FOLEY 00:38:51
For full results check HERE