Alstonville triathlete Clayton Fettell after winning the Byron Bay Triathlon in 2014.
Alstonville triathlete Clayton Fettell after winning the Byron Bay Triathlon in 2014. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Get a move on: Entries still open for Byron’s triathlon

ALSTONVILLE triathlete and past winner Clayton Fettell has entered the Byron Bay Triathlon this Saturday.

Fettell won the event in 2014 and only registered yesterday with entries still open in most divisions.

Organisers said numbers are down in some divisions and entries will remain open until 11am race day.

"It has been a bit of an unusual year for us," event organiser Michael Crawley said.

"There was a big event in Port Macquarie last weekend and the recent shark activity in the water hasn't helped.

"But some of of our divisions are up in numbers and we should get a good cross-section of athletes here."

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

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

Open winners Sam Appleton and Sarah Crowley will not be back to defend the title this year.

Former Tuntable Creek resident Courtney Gilfillan is among the favourites in the open women's.

She is coming off an impressive win at the Kingscliff Triathlon last month.

"Clayton and Courtney will obviously be up there," Crawley said. "There are some other young local competitors who are keen to lift their profile with a big performance.

"We have a strong contingent from Coffs Harbour to the Queensland border who will be here."

Past 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 and is scheduled for a 12pm start.



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