Multisport pair perform creditably

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Oamaru’s talented multisporters have returned from the Gold Coast tired but buzzing with excitement.

Mitch McRae and Adair Craik represented New Zealand in the final round of the ITU world triathlon series last week.

McRae competed over the Olympic distance (1500m swim, 40km cycle, 10km run), finishing 25th of 94 competitors in the men’s 30-34 years classification.

“I was pretty happy with that,” he told the Oamaru Mail.

“It gives me a good idea of where my form is at heading into whatever is next this season.”

McRae completed the swim in 20min 54sec, the cycle in 58min 27sec, and the run in 37min 28sec.

“The swim was brutal. I’ve never been beaten up so much. We had to get up around a buoy and go hard left, and everyone just went for it.

“It was 22degC when we started the run, so it wasn’t too hot for me.”

McRae has tasted the intensity of an ITU event before and said it was great to be back at a major multisport event.

“The world triathlon races are always well run, and the atmosphere is awesome.

“There were a huge number of Kiwis on the sidelines, and it’s nice to race some new people and meet athletes from lots of different countries.”

McRae will now turn his attention back to basketball, and coaching St Kevin’s College at the national secondary schoolboys A tournament in Palmerston North.

What a relief . . . Oamaru multisporter Adair Craik celebrates after finishing her race.

Craik competed over the sprint distance (750m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run) and placed 26th of 67 competitors in the women’s 55-59 years classification.

She said she was happy with her swim (12min) and cycle (35min 59sec) but found the 28degC heat sapping on the run (27min 49sec).

“Coming from a temperature of 8degC when I left Oamaru, it was quite a shock, and I dropped back from 11th to 26th,” she said.