A file picture of Alstonville triathlete Clayton Fettell, who had a trip to the United States hed rather forget.
A file picture of Alstonville triathlete Clayton Fettell, who had a trip to the United States hed rather forget.

Oil spill completes a week to forget

By Steve Spinks sport@northernstar.com.au

A 58,000 gallon oil spill topped off a week Alstonville triathlete Clayton Fettell would rather forget.

Fettell, who two weekends ago finished ninth in the prestigious Noosa Triathlon, flew to the United States last week to contest the San Francisco Triathlon at Treasure Island.

Unfortunately, the triathlon became a duathlon after the oil spill in San Francisco Bay made the waters too treacherous to swim.

The decision to call off the swim leg was made by triathlon officials in conjunction with the US Coast Guard and City officials.

Instead, the race was turned into a duathlon comprising a 7km run, 40km cycle and 10km run.

Unfortunately, Fettell's bad luck didn't end there. On the way over, the Alstonville 21-year-old's flight was delayed by more than 16 hours following engine problems.

During the race the weather deteriorated and it rained, resulting in a number of crashes in the cycle leg.

Fettell eventually finished 20th. He will now return to the Northern Rivers and prepare for the Australian Series in the new year.

n Lennox Head triathlete Pip Taylor had to withdraw from the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Clearwater, Florida, on Saturday after mechanical difficulties on the bike leg.

A disappointed Taylor exited the swim in second position and was sitting in second spot on the bike before striking difficulties.

Taylor is now looking forward to a break over the holiday season and then starting her preparations for 2008.



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