Monday, 26 September 2016

The 2016 Mugie Triathlon

The 2016 Mugie Triathlon

What a wonderful weekend it’s been! The Mugie Triathlon/Duathlon was a tremendous success and fun was had by all.

A huge thank you to everyone that helped to make this event possible:

Netta and Noel for their work keeping the course clear of game and ensuring our safety; Robin and George for their excellent time keeping; Janet for being our nurse on standby; Deb and Rod for their generous donation of money and help organizing; Shanni and the CHAT mobile clinic for coming out to spread community awareness of their services; Graham and Lime Catering for delicious fare and wonderful service all weekend; John, Pete, and Mungo for their photography; Jake and Lissy for their help keeping the duathletes watered and sorting results; Claus and Susannah for kindly donating a shiny, new, motorcycle to the winner of the Duathlon; Josh and Donna for donating a bicycle to the second place finisher of the Duathlon; John and Amanda for donating a goat to the third place finisher; and a heartfelt thank you to Mugie Conservancy for providing such an unbeatable venue for the weekend.

Saturday’s Duathlon for the local community members was a ton of fun. We had twenty entrants from the area, racing for a motorcycle (first prize), a bicycle (second), and a goat (third).  We had lots of very enthusiastic local supporters at the finish line along with the CHAT mobile health clinic, there to spread the word about the services that they offer (a wonderful resource of health services for communities around Kenya).  James “Mali-Mali” won first prize, a rather life-changing motorcycle.

On Sunday we started the triathlon at 7:30, diving into the smooth water.  It was a great swim, 500 meters along the dam, climbing out on the north shore at the transition area. Team members tagging their bicyclists’ outstretched hand so they could start on the 20km bike across the planes, individual racers quickly changing into their bicycle gear and zipped off. Cups of water passed out as numbers and times were noted. After the bike came a 5km run, the sun getting hotter, the runners kept on. The whole race an impressive feat, Johnny Harris finishing first, and claiming the mens’ individual win and then Becky Summers coming in first for the womens’ individual title, and Sophie Grant finishing strong for Team Nomads with Jake Scott (bike) and Lizzie Odegaard (swim). When the adults’ race ended, we had a kids’ race, and it was great fun!  With ten kids running 40 meters down the dam wall and then swimming 40 meters from the spit to the shore of the dam. It was wonderful to see the next generation of triathletes as they came through the finish! Kiara Perrett winning first prize, Archer Grant coming second, and a tie for third place with Maia Perrett, Skye Allen, and Tristan Harris. The race was topped off with a yummy curry lunch by Lime Catering, and a lovely afternoon of chatting with friends, family, and neighbors. A fantastic event, and hopefully the first of many! If you missed out on it this year, watch this space for more information about 2017’s Mugie Triathlon.

Congratulations to everyone who completed the Duathlon and Triathlon!

Duathlon Results:
1st            James Mali Mali
2nd       Nick Kampi ya Moto
3rd           John Longor

Triathlon Results:

Men’s Individual
1st        Johnny Harris                 
2nd           Josh Perrett and Murray Grant (tie)
3rd           Hamish Randal

Women’s Individual
1st            Becky Summers
2nd           Fabby Harris
3rd           Sarah Snell

1st            The Nomads – Lizzie Odegaard, Jake Scott, Sopie Grant
2nd           Speedies – Mariana, Jackson, Kibarra
3rd           Loisaba Lions – Cat Jensen, Ivan Jensen, Fiona

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