24 Sep 2018
Report by Lachlan Wills
PORT STEPHENS – Ben Allen has laid down the gauntlet to his rivals with a blistering win, while Maeve Kennedy has recorded her maiden victory, in Round 2 of the TreX Series in Port Stephens.
Allen missed the first round of the 2018/19 season in Moreton Bay, but made up for lost time with a more than three minute win ahead of second-place getter Jake Stollery.
Allen completed the Fingal Bay-Tomaree National Park course in 01:48:46.
The reigning Australian Champion said this win was particularly special given his history in the area.
“My Aunty and Uncle live just around the corner, and I also spent a lot of time here with the surf life saving club right here at Fingal Bay, this is a really awesome place.”
Allen said his racing is fuelled by joy for the sport.
“I mean, waking up and getting to do what you love, how lucky are we?! You look around at this beautiful place, it makes all the hard work worth it.”
Stollery from the Warringah Tri Club came home in a time of 01:51:52.
Taylor Charlton rounded out the podium, with a time of 01:51:52
Meanwhile, Maeve Kennedy announced herself in the sport with a rousing debut win in the women’s race.
Kennedy finished with a time of 02:18:16.
While the other female competitor in the Open Class Regina Jensen did not finish the race.
Kennedy is a well-known Trail Runner from the region, but has only just started her career as a triathlete.
“I hadn’t really swam until two years ago, and I’m pretty new to the idea of competitive bike riding as well.
“I’m totally stoked to have won here today. It’s such an awesome sport. I’ve really pushed myself, and I’m so happy to have been able to come away with a victory.
“I really want to keep coming back and giving this TreX Series a go.. it’s a lot of fun!”
The TreX Series now heads to the Sunshine Coast with Round Three at Landsborough on October 27.
In other results from Port Stephens: Makenzie Kautz won the Boy’s 16-17; Kyle Morrison won Men 20-24; Jessica Henderson won Women 20-24; Guillermo BordalÃjs won Men 30-34; Alexandra Keith won Women 30-34; Nick Damen won Men 35-39; Kate Ross won Women 35-39; Bogumil Bialous won Men 40-44; PT4 athlete Judith Abrahams won Women 40-44; Warren Evans won Men 45-49; Jacqui Kennett won Women 45-49; Simon Manson won Men 50-54; Lindy Kronen won Women 50-54; Richard Jeffrey won Men 55+; Stephen Duffield won Men’s Acqua Bike; Matt Tonkin won Men’s Duathlon; Yvette Gooley won Women’s Duathlon and Splash Crash & Dash Noon won the Team’s Event.
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- TreX Port Stephens
- Meet the Athletes
- Welcome to Port Stephens MultiSport Festival
- Our Male Champion | Ben Allen
- Our Female Champion | Maeve Kennedy
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For twelve years TreX has positioned itself as the pinnacle of the cross – or off-road – triathlon racing series in Asia-Pacific inclusing the hosting of the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships in 2016. Presented by the premier outdoor adventure event specialists In2Adventure, TreX consists of a swim, mountain bike and trail run as well as teams, duathlon and aquabike formats. While each TreX event features an Elite/Open category the TreX Cross Triathlon national series invites participation from all ages and skill levels.
|1 Sep 2018||Race 1: TreX Enduro||Kurwongbah, Qld||Gold|
|22 Sep 2018||Race 2: TreX Port Stephens||Fingal Bay, NSW||Platinum|
|23 Sep 2018||Trail Run Australia | Tomaree||Fingal Bay, NSW||n/a|
|27 Oct 2018||Race 3: TreX Sunshine Coast
Queensland State Championships
|Sunshine Coast, Qld||Platinum|
|28 Oct 2018||Trail Run Australia | Sunshine Coast||Sunshine Coast, Qld||n/a|
|24 Nov 2018||Race 4: TreX Goldfields
Victorian State Championships
|25 Nov 2018||Trail Run Australia | Goldfields||Bendigo, VIC||n/a|
|23 Feb 2019||Race 5: TreX Snowy Mountains
|Snowy Mtns, NSW||Platinum|
|24 Feb 2019||Trail Run Australia | Snowies Ultra||Snowy Mtns, NSW||Platinum|
|30 | 31 Mar 2019||Race 6: TreX Back 2 Back||Mt Cotton, Qld||Gold|
|27 April 2019||Race 7: TreX Championships||Sunshine Coast, Qld||Platinum|
|28 April 2018||Sunshine Coast MTB Festival||Sunshine Coast, Qld||n/a|
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