LACHLAN Roach, doing his first long distance triathlon, was the quickest Dubbo competitor in the famous Huskisson Triathlon on Sunday.
Fourteen Dubbo triathletes made the annual trip to one of the largest sporting festivals in NSW where 5,500 competitors competed over a wide range of triathlon distances, open water swimming and running events spread over the weekend.
Roach had the quickest run for the Dubbo competitors, doing the long course of a 2km swim, 83km bike and 20km run, finishing in 4hrs 52 min and 10 sec.
His run time was a very impressive 1:33:37 and follows a very consistent local sprint distance series of results.
Roach was competing in the 30-34 year age group.
Dan Pobje, competing in the 40-44 age group, had an outstanding bike leg to average just over 35km/h for the 83km hilly course.
He was almost 10 minutes quicker than both Roach and Keith Harris.
Pobje stopped the clock at 4:55:18 to be the second fastest Dubbo competitor.
Veteran ironman specialist Rob Duffy, who is recovering from a foot injury sustained at Christmas and running in a brand new shoes with extra support, was third in the time of 5:04:31 and had the second fastest run time of 1:42:25 competing in the 50-54 age group.
Only eight seconds separated fourth and fifth with full-time athlete Keith Harris just edging out another first-time long course competitor Stuart Zell.
Zell overcame an unfortunate bike accident early in the stage to recover very well under pain and has a great future at this and ironman distances.
The sixth competitor from Dubbo, Ian Crafter, had a 5:31:13 finish in preparation for Ironman Melbourne in four weeks time.
The quickest swim time for the day among the Dubbo competitors was taken by seventh placed David Oke another first timer at this distance. He was out of the water almost 3 minutes ahead of Zell in 34:17 in the 40-44 age group.
Darryl Nelson finished just ahead of Matt Scott with times of 5:37:07 and 5:44.46.
Nelson had a strong bike leg and Scott had a strong swim.
Peter Christie has returned to competition after a short break in preparation for Ironman Australia in Port Macquarie in early May.
His time was 5:52:32 and Christie is always able to peak for the big events.
He will be joined in Port Macquarie Ironman by Duffy, Nelson, Crafter and Mark McKenna.
Another first timer Damien Pfeiffer recovered well after feeding the fish in the swim to smile all the way home in the run for a time of 5:56:19.
Swim specialist Brian McAneney had a personal best time of 6:01:30 and was pleased with his result.
Young Jarrad Scott competed in the Enticer Triathlon distance on Saturday and finished in 39:19 for the 300m swim, 8km bike and 2km run.
This follows strong results in Orange three weeks ago and is becoming one of Dubbo's most consistent juniors.
Hannah Crafter competed in the 10km run for a personal best time of 47.34 to finish fourth in her 25-29 year age group.
The next event is this Sunday in Mudgee for the sprint distance, the last in the Central West Inter-club Triathlon Series.