CHAMPIONS: Grant Kenny (left) congratulates Byron Bay’s Glen Lawrence, who was awarded the win despite the pair crossing the line together.
CHAMPIONS: Grant Kenny (left) congratulates Byron Bay’s Glen Lawrence, who was awarded the win despite the pair crossing the line together. Harvpix

Lawrence stride-for-stride with Kenny in Coolangatta Gold

BYRON Surf Lifesaving Club had another strong showing at last weekend's 30th anniversary Coolangatta Gold ironman event on the Gold Coast.

Glen Lawrence ran stride-for-stride with Aussie ironman legend Grant Kenny, but was awarded first place in the men's over-50 category.

Byron's Heli Murray won the over-40 women's event, and Scott Sewell took out the over-40s men's short course event, while Zoë Heiniger came eighth overall in the open women's elite class.

Lawrence said it was a thrill to be in the same race as Kenny, who won the Australian Open Ironman event three times and was a bronze medallist in kayaking at the 1984 Olympics.

"He was carrying a calf injury. We ran the first 5km trying to break each other, but then ran the last 2km supporting each other," he said. "We crossed the line at exactly the same time, but the electronic timer gave the win to me."

Lawrence is a coach at the Byron Surf Lifesaving Club and trains 10 hours per week, increasing to 19 hours per week prior to competition.

"I'm going to spend the next month taking it easy and training the kids ready for the season ahead," he said.



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