NARRANDERA’S Harrison Rees took out yesterday’s third annual Corowa Triathlon in a course record of 49 minutes and 30 seconds.
He smashed the previous record of 52.47 by more than three minutes.
Rees was pushed all the way by runner-up Caleb Noble who was 16 seconds adrift and two-time winner Paul Hill who was 48 seconds behind the winner.
A record 186 entrants capped off the triathlon which consisted of an 18-kilometre bike ride, 300-metre swim and five-kilometre run.
Albury’s Julie Gollan-Foard was the first female home in 57 minutes and 53 seconds.
She beat home second female across the line Emma Thompson by more than five minutes and Carole McGregor was third.
Race organiser John Backhouse was thrilled with the turnout and the high level of competition.
“Overall I was very happy with the whole day,” he said.
“It’s getting bigger and better every year and we’re getting more top-level competitors.”
Jon Schol beat triathlon coach Fabrizio Andreoni and Peter Thaus to win the veteran male category.
Tanya Buckingham was too good in the veteran female section.
She finished well clear of Jo Fraser and Kara Curphy.
Nathan Rogers was the junior male champion and Brea Roadley was the junior female victor.