Aaron Royal, on his 22nd birthday, was able to defend his
Australia Day Aquathontitle after winning today’s event, a 900mtr swim/7km run in a time of 36.52. It came down to a sprint finish with Royle narrowly crossing the line ahead of NSWIS team mate
Shane Barriewho returns to the racing scene for the first time since spending close to twelve months on the sidelines due to injury.
No rain or the forecast of wet weather was going to deter the thousands of people who flocked to Wollongong Harbour today for the thirteenth Australia Day Aquathon “Australia’s largest swim-run event.
As volunteers began the task of bumping in at 5am, weather conditions weren’t ideal. Fortunately, the rain ceased just before racing commenced.
It was Ben Allen, who has returned from a stint racing in Europe, who led the men out of the water and onto the run. It wasn’t long before Royle & Barrie closed in before taking out the race, one minute ahead of Michael Murphy who finished in 37.59.