2008 Austax Strand Swim

Photo of the 2008 Austax Strand Swim on the long weekend in June 2008

On a typically terrific Townsville winter's day 66 competitors swam in the Austax 2008 Strand Swims. This year the swimmers had the option of either one lap of the 2.5km circuit along the or 2 laps to complete a 5km course. Many swimmers took on the challenge as part of their preparation for the Port of to Townsville Swim.

Once again, Penny Palfrey showed her dominance in the 5km event and even former champion tri-athlete, Miles Stewart, could not keep up. Greg Woodward, the winner of the 2007 Magnetic Island Swim, was second overall with teenager Sam Hoffman placed third.  Chris Palfrey was the winner of the veterans Mens 5km and Anna Magee the veterans Womens 5km.

In the 2.5km race, Owen Flanagan, revelled in the conditions to win from John Barrett and Daniel Meurant.

Melanie McCutchan and Chloe Doyle were the only junior competitors in the Swim and organisers will be looking to encourage greater junior participation in 2009.

Many swimmers found the course a bit longer than usual with the turning buoys placed well out from the Strand Beach. Race Director, Dick Wickenden, commented "Even if it was a bit longer course it was the same for everyone and gave the swimmers an opportunity to prepare for the swim to be held on 12 July.".

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Overall Results 5km                                                                                                                           

1         Penny Palfrey         01:15.48                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

2         Greg Woodward    01:17.59

3         Sam Hoffman         01:19.21

4         Kylee Muldoon      01:20.18

5         Brad Skinner          01:21.20

6         Glen Dick               01:21.33

7         Miles Stewart         01:24.41

8         Jarrod Martin         01:26.03

9         Tyson Reeve          01:26.29

10       Crystal Maruna       01:26.41

11       Chris Palfrey           01:28.03

12       Will Oxley              01:28.49

13       Karen Patrick         01:29.27

14       Nathan Vinson        01:29.48

15       Lucas Hobbs          01:32.04

16       Bruce Muller          01:33.44

17       Greg Messer          01:36.15

18       Tony O'Connor      01:36.41

19       Julianne Schliebs     01:38.08

20       John Jones              01:39.40

21       Adam Gardner       01:40.00

22       Loiuse Barbour       01:40.10

23       Donna Burns          01:41.50

24       Don Taylor             01:42.14

25       Moo Soter             01:42.48

26       Tony Croft             01:42.54

27       Paul Mulcahy          01:44.12

28       Donna James          01:47.13

29       Zane Hicks             01:47.19

30       Phillip Beard           01:47.30

31       Christie Leet           01:48.12

32       Matthew Talbot      01:49.00

33       Tony Carter            01:50.42

34       Brian Lahiff             01:58.23

35       Anna Magee           02:00.27

36       Constanton Schaaf 02:05.13

37       Doug Hill                02:08.47

Overall Results 2.5km

1         Owen Flanagan        00:41.48

2         John Barrett             00:42.52

3         Daniel Meurant         00:45.08

4         Colleen Ashfield       00:46.21

5         Kate Brett                00:46.59

6         Mathew Conroy       00:47.16

7         Scott Anderson        00:47.19

8         David Meurant         00:48.36

9         Darren Meinicke      00:53.02

10       Jeff Evans                 00:53.45

11       Kathleen Swalling     00:55.16

12       Helen Rainnie           00:55.38

13       Melanie McCuthan   00:56.38

14       Shaun Phelan            00:56.45

15       Melanie Thomas       00:57.14

16       Cindy McCutchan    00:57.28

17       Larry Hore               00:57.40

18       Gordon Collison       00:57.53

19       Richard Emery         00:58.13

20       Les Smith                 01:00.45

21       Elena Carboni          01:01.24

22       Tricia Athey             01:01.39

23       Warren Cooper        01:02.00

24       Les King                  01:02.56

25       Chloe Doyle             01:03.46

26       Warren Payne          01:05.15

27       Scott McInnes          01:07.15

28       Hazel Wilton            01:09.11

29       Thelma Bryan           01:24.33