Junior female: second Jess Fattell, first Sahara Hammond and third Indigo Foster, plus team and overall winners Lucas Schmidt and William Liosatos. tm33_0320

Overall winners Tamsyn Moana-Veale and Marcel Walkington and local first place Justin Tilley and Alice Baquie. tm35_0320

Phillip Island competitors made their presence known at the first race of the Bass Coast Series. tm32_0320

THE Cape Aquathon is regarded as one of the most charismatic community Bass Coast races.
Friendly yet challenging, the 400m swim, 4.4km run course is a favourite for many.
It’s the 26th year of the event and in its usual resilient spirit, Dean Manns said it’s all about the community.
“The great thing about the Aquathon is that it’s for the community, by the community,” he said of Sunday’s event.
“It was a little tricky with transitions this year, but we’re very excited to have the new clubrooms ready for next year,” Dean said.
“We had 155 people starting the swim, with another 20 tagging in their relay partners, making a total of 175 competitors,” he said.
The day brought some elite athletes, along with some more experienced local competitors.
“It’s a good fun event to train for and keep the fitness going all year round,” Dean said.
One of Melbourne’s fastest short course triathletes Marcel Walkington finished comfortably ahead of the pack, in 21 minutes and 41 seconds. He came in over a minute ahead of local winner Justin Tilley from Phillip Island.
Fellow elite triathlete, in third position overall, was Tamsyn Moana-Veale. Just three seconds behind her, with the fastest run split of the day, was Mark Rowe from Kernot.
Junior male winner was swimmer Luke Muir. He made great time out of the water winning in 24 minutes and 51 seconds. And female junior winner was Chloe Woollard.
The Aquathon was race one of the Bass Coast Series, with race two – the Channel Challenge – on February 8.
Founded in 1960, the Cape Paterson Life Saving Club is celebrating their 60th year in 2020. Though they are waiting for their new clubrooms to formally celebrate, there will be a small party this Saturday.

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