Clayton fourth at Noosa

A FOURTH placing in the biggest triathlon event in the southern hemisphere has completed a ‘dream season’ for Alstonville’s Clayton Fettell.

Fettell crossed the line just over a min-ute after Courtney Atkinson successfully defended his Noosa Triathlon title in a time of 1 hour 47 minutes 3 seconds.

He was beaten home by Atkinson, James Seear and Josh Amberger, who all managed to reel him in on the running leg.

Fettell was unsure how his body would hold up after finishing 10th in the Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in Perth just a week before.

“It was pretty hard to back up, but I think I did pretty well, actually,” Fettell told The Northern Star last night.

“I cruised in the swim and got out on the bike in by far my strongest ride.

“But while the TV crew was filming Courtney Atkinson all the time, the breakaway caught up to me.

“I led on to the run, but James caught up to me about 4km into the run, Courtney Atkinson passed me at about 5km and Josh Amberger at about 6km.

“Because of the long-course, I just didn’t have enough speed in my legs on the day, although I caught up to them a little around the 8km or 9km mark, but it was a little too late and I ran out of road.”

After a long lay-off due to illness, Fettell said he had really enjoyed his comeback.

“I’ve had the season of my life and it is the perfect way to end it,” he said.

Fettell will now have time off for some ‘surfing and mountain biking’ before competing in the Australian long-course championships in February.

In the women’s event at Noosa, 18-year-old Emma Jackson scored her first major win, while Lennox Head’s Pip Taylor held on for seventh place.



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