Multisport: Lake Hayes event rounds off series

The first team to cross the finish line in the kayak section of the Lake Hayes easter Triathlon was Queenstown team the 3 Amigos Team comprising (from left) Steve Norton, Jim Hawkridge and Adrian Bailey. Photo by Henrietta Kjaer.
The first team to cross the finish line in the kayak section of the Lake Hayes easter Triathlon was Queenstown team the 3 Amigos Team comprising (from left) Steve Norton, Jim Hawkridge and Adrian Bailey. Photo by Henrietta Kjaer.
The weather stayed dry for the 139 people taking part in the Lake Hayes Easter Triathlon yesterday.

The event was the last of four triathlons in the Salomon Southern Tri Series, with the first three events held at Jack's Point between Queenstown and Kingston in early December, at Lake Hayes on December 27 and at Paradise near Glenorchy in February.

The Good Friday Lake Hayes race started on the lake with either a 4km paddle in kayaks or a 750m swim.

The next leg of the race was a 20km bike ride from the Lake Hayes showgrounds along the Arrowtown-Lake Hayes Rd, Speargrass Flat Rd, Domain Rd, Lower Shotover Rd and back around Lake Hayes.

The last part was a 5km off-road run along the Lake Hayes track.

The race could also be done as a duathlon, starting with a 1.5km run along the lake, followed by the same bike ride and run as the triathlon.

"It has been another great day by Lake Hayes.

"I had a good bike ride - nice and fast," Jim Hawkridge, of Queenstown, said after the race.

His team, the "3 Amigos Team", was the first team to cross the finish line in 1hr 7min 32sec.

Teams split the event among them with Steve Norton completing the first leg in his kayak, followed by Hawkridge on the bike and then Adrian Bailey took over for the run.

The first individual competitor to cross the finish line was Robert Huisman (18), of Invercargill, who did the swim-bike-run version in 1hr 5min 17sec.

The talented young athlete said he was looking forward to representing New Zealand in the World Cup for under-19-year-olds in Budapest later this year, for which he has already qualified.