The memory of Gold Coast triathlete Luke Harrop saw thousands of athletes and their supporters brave a cool Sunday morning to take part in the annual event in his honour.
1800 triathletes of all ages competed in the Luke Harrop Memorial – setting off from Southport’s Mitchell Park.
Under 23 Australian representative Matt Roberts and Ironwoman Sarah Crowley claimed the men’s and women’s titles respectively.
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“It was a tough swim and I took a wrong buoy but I quickly got back on track,” Matt explained.
“I needed to get an advantage on the bike as much as I could because I knew the young guys were running quickly. I put my head down just trying to get every second that I could and then just went for it on the run. I was happy to see the finish chute.”
While Sarah used the race as a much needed speed workout in preparation for her assault on the Cairns Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in june.
“I am training for Ironman at the moment and I am heading to Hawaii later in the year,” she said.
“So (this) was an opportunity to have a bit of a hit out against some of these young whipper snappers who are pretty quick in the water.”
“The Luke Harrop Memorial is a great event and I have done it on and off, depending on the training and my racing schedule but it was really good to do it this year because it gave me the opportunity to experience parts of the Commonwealth Games course and get to run through the chute like everyone else.
“The course is looking fantastic and it brings back the old days and good memories of when I used to race the ITU.”