Aqua race makes its debut

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Runners had to tackle rough terrain in the running section of the event.
Camera IconRunners had to tackle rough terrain in the running section of the event. Credit: Supplied

The weather held out for the first leg of the Dunsborough X-Adventure on Saturday, with competitors and spectators treated to sunshine despite poor weather predictions.

More than 1200 competitors ventured south for the two-day event.

Hilton Power and Lauren Mellett took top honours in Saturday’s Short Course X-Adventure.

On Sunday, Michael Lori and Kristen Gardner battled challenging conditions take the Long Course and Cross Triathlon State Championship titles, with fast racing and close tussles at the pointy end of the field.

Lori was swift across the rocks to finish in an impressive 2hr.27min. 2sec., a full 15 minutes ahead of the field, with Gardner winning in 2:53:57.

Following the X-Adventure Long Course was the new Aquathlon-X, with with competitors battling not only for prize money but also a spot at the world championships and a State title.

The race featured a 1000m ocean swim and a 5km coastal trail run.

Rahul Jegatheva and Dunsborough’s Nicola Hayes walked away with the titles.

In the Kids’ X-Adventure, Kale Arena and Zoe Davison were fastest over the line.

PICTURES:

Mike Bennett and Chris Glass.
Camera IconMike Bennett and Chris Glass. Credit: Pierra Willix.
Drew Hoar and Catherine Hill.
Camera IconDrew Hoar and Catherine Hill. Credit: Pierra Willix
Margaret Baker, Milie Worner, 12, and Lizzie Newton, 12.
Camera IconMargaret Baker, Milie Worner, 12, and Lizzie Newton, 12. Credit: Pierra Willix.
Mike and Ashton Cross, 3.
Camera IconMike and Ashton Cross, 3. Credit: Pierra Willix.
Aidan Head, 12, Charlie Gray, 6, and Noah Gray 13.
Camera IconAidan Head, 12, Charlie Gray, 6, and Noah Gray 13. Credit: Pierra Willix.
Marie and Peter Barton.
Camera IconMarie and Peter Barton. Credit: Pierra Willix.
Adele and Tiffany Aspeling, 6.
Camera IconAdele and Tiffany Aspeling, 6. Credit: Pierra Willix.
Theresa and Paddy Arbuthnot.
Camera IconTheresa and Paddy Arbuthnot. Credit: Pierra Willix.
Kenzie Fontanille, 10, Wendy Gundlach, Lennox Gundlach, 4, and Max Rowell, 12.
Camera IconKenzie Fontanille, 10, Wendy Gundlach, Lennox Gundlach, 4, and Max Rowell, 12. Credit: Pierra Willix.
Competitors tackling the rough terrain.
Camera IconCompetitors tackling the rough terrain. Credit: Supplied.
Swimmers take to the water on Saturday.
Camera IconSwimmers take to the water on Saturday. Credit: Supplied
The kids taking part in the X-Adventure event.
Camera IconThe kids taking part in the X-Adventure event. Credit: Supplied.

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