Congratulations to our supported athlete, Catriona Morrison, as she took an impressive victory and went close to race record time in the Port of Tauranga Half Triathlon.


The race began with four-time winner Jo Lawn amongst the leaders out of the water, from Amelia Rose Watkinson and Scottish star Morrison. Lawn was out of sorts on the bike though, with Morrison and Watkinson entering transition side by side, comfortably clear of Lawn and Candice Hammond.

In similar fashion to the men's winner Brown, Cat churned out the kilometres at a consistent and quick pace, finishing over 5 minutes clear of Watkinson, an agonising 34 seconds outside Sam Warriner’s 2009 race record. Warriner had earlier withdrawn to protect her injured hamstring, having led out of the swim and for most of the bike.
The pint sized Morrison was delighted with her win.
“It was good, it is always a big unknown to race the first race of the season, it doesn’t matter who you are, it gave me a few pointers and I think I can be very happy with the performance. The course was as I expected, the bike is so flat, I yearn for hills and mountains so I found that quite challenging. You have to try to be draft legal but provided everyone plays their part and plays fair it makes for a good race.”
Morrison explained taking her time through the second transition as she put on socks for the run that takes the athletes twice around the base of The Mount.
“My feet are very comfortable – I definitely don’t have blisters! I just wanted to take the run as comfortable as possible and build on it, the second time around The Mount I tried to push quite hard, I knew I was close to the course record because someone yelled it at me but I had no idea as to how close so I just pushed to the line.
“Any race with such a history behind it is a pleasure to come and race because you know it is well respected by the athletes and the community.”
Race Report taken from Trizone Au.