Lynne Hackett of Ballina hopes to beat her husband home in this weekend’s Byron Bay Triathlon.
Lynne Hackett of Ballina hopes to beat her husband home in this weekend’s Byron Bay Triathlon.

Hackett's 15th Byron Bay Triathlon

LYNNE Hackett competes in her 15th Byron Bay Triathlon today.

She has won her age-group a handful of times, braved the massive swells that came through during the swim leg a few years back and failed to miss a single running of the event.

But there is still one mountain she desperately wants to climb.

“I just want to beat my husband,” Mrs Hackett said.

Mrs Hackett, 49, began triathlon not long after her husband Chris – and for one really good reason.

“I got into it so I could beat him,” she said.

She hasn’t yet, but there is one race that Mrs Hackett does lead – she is the only person known to have competed in all 15 Byron Bay Triathlons.

“Well, not yet,” she said.

“I still have to make it across the finish line.”

Mrs Hackett admits that triathlon now rules her life.

“It’s all I seem to talk about and all I seem to do these days,” she said.

But that may not be such a bad thing considering the places the sport has helped her see.

Mrs Hackett has run in World Championship races and seen the sights of Germany, Hawaii, New Zealand and Switzerland in the process.

But it is that one inter-marital battle that keeps her hungry. “He has to train much harder than me nowadays and I have a new bike,” she said.



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