Former Tuntable Creek athlete Courtney Gilfillan on her way to winning the Kingscliff Triathlon last month. Gilfillan will compete in the Byron Bay Triathlon next weekend.
Former Tuntable Creek athlete Courtney Gilfillan on her way to winning the Kingscliff Triathlon last month. Gilfillan will compete in the Byron Bay Triathlon next weekend. Contributed

Former local among favourites to win Byron triathlon

IN-FORM Courtney Gilfillan will be among the local favourites at the Byron Bay Triathlon next weekend.

The former Tuntable Creek resident now lives on the Gold Coast and is coming off an impressive win at the Kingscliff Triathlon last month.

She finished almost five minutes clear of her closest rival and will be hard to beat again.

Gilfillan has been on the podium three times in third place but has never won the event.

Brisbane professional Sarah Crowley has had a strangle- hold on the event in recent years, winning the last three.

She also came second in 2012 but is not listed to defend her title this year.

The race comprises a 1.5km ocean swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run.

It will be the 21st time it has run with about 1000 athletes expected to compete.

All the events will be held on Saturday this year, including the kids aquathon.

Local triathletes Clayton Fettell and Sam Appleton have won the open men's event in recent years.

Other winners include Lennox Head professional Joe Lampe, Pete Jacobs, Bryce McMaster and Leon Griffith.

Ainsley Bakker, Melissa Rollison, Felicity Abram, Lisa Marangon and Rachel Paxon are among the winners in the open women's division.

The race is usually the last of the season on the Queensland and New South Wales calendar.

Former Olympian Michael Klim and professional cyclist Robbie McEwen have previously competed in the team section.

Two-time Olympian Courtney Atkinson,world triathlon champion Emma Carney and former Ironman world champion Chris McCormack have also competed.

There are some changes this year with the swim leg closer to the shoreline.

The run will be along the beach front with the finish line back up at the surf club.

Entries officially closed yesterday but there is still limited spaces left across most divisions.

The main race starts at noon. For more information visit www.byronbaytri.com.au



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