SANDWICHED in between Saturday morning showers and a real wintry blast on Sunday, the Cowes Classic swim and run event, on Saturday afternoon was favoured by warm, sunny skies and a good conditions on the water.
The event was also the final in the three-event Bass Coast Summer Series and attracted excellent numbers with well over 200 competitors involved, including team participants.
First across the line in the Cowes Classic was local surf lifesaver Luke Plant who completed the 500m swim and 4km run in 20:56.3, 16 seconds ahead of the second-placed runner, William Cannon, to not only claim the day’s main prizes but also overall honours in the Bass Coast Summer Series; including the Cape Aquathon, Channel Challenge and Cowes Classic.
First across the line on Saturday for the women was Alexandra Brown, 11th overall in the good time of 21:52.3, less than a minute behind Plant.
But, further down the field, there was a ding-dong battle for the overall series win for the women with Lara Cann of Melbourne finishing 52nd overall to just pip Inverloch’s Georgia Kaye-Helmot by one point for the overall open series win, from Georgia Turner, another point further back.
Georgia Kaye-Helmot finished in 43rd position overall to claim second in the local female event for the Classic, behind Kara Landells but she won the series event for local women.
Luke Plant won both the open series and local series prizes.
First out of the water in the Cowes Classic were Hayden Bruce (no time) and Rebecca Henderson (7:30.5). The placings were, men 1st Luke Plant, 2nd William Cannon and 3rd Mark Rowe and women 1st Alexandra Brown, 2nd Sarah Lester and 3rd Kara Landells.
Juniors: 1st Linus Mayes, 2nd Kai Lumsden. 1st Rebecca Henderson, 2nd Bridget Cain. Local juniors: 1st Kai Lumsden, 2nd Bailey Sutherland. 1st Olivia Hughes, 2nd Ella Hughes.
Seniors: 40-49 male 1st Mark Clarkson, 2nd Kris Harris, women 1st Anna Clarkson, 2nd Emma Moore. Locals 1st Kris Harris, 2nd Marcus Bond. 1st Emma Moore, 2nd Rachel Tattersall. Over 50 male 1st Rob Fleisner, 2nd Auriel Eachter. 1st Dawn Penny, 2nd Janice Stevens. Local male 1st Rob Fleisner, 2nd Jim Corbett. Women 1st Jenny Hibble.
Placings in the relay sections was as follows: 1st male Hamish Harrison and Lachlan Conn, 2nd Xavier Hughes and Nathan Foote. 1st female Daisy Corbett and Molly Hoskin, 2nd Virginia Baster and Jane Cameron. Mixed 1st Kara Humbert and Mitchell Viney, 2nd Jack Taylor and Taya Murdoch.
One of the organisers, John Weston, thanked sponsors and praised the bevy of volunteers who supported the 25th running of the Cowes Classic.
“To the Bass Coast Shire Council, the Bendigo Bank, Hotel for hosting the event; the marshals out on the course, the organising committee which works through the year, the emergency services personnel, registration people and football-netball club volunteers especially the young ones and the Woolamai SLSC who patrolled the water – a big thank you.”
In accepting his awards, Luke Plant congratulated the competitors and thanked the volunteers, saying he was simply happy he had the time this year to do all three events.
A couple of minor hitches didn’t affect the day, including blowing the siren early to start the race and a loss of power at the finish line which caused the inflatable finish gates to go flat.
Numbers up for classic race day