Byron SLSC Glen Lawrence claims gold from Grant Kenny

DOUBLE GOLD: Grant Kenny and Glen Lawrence cross the line together. Photo: Harvpix Photo Contributed
DOUBLE GOLD: Grant Kenny and Glen Lawrence cross the line together. Photo: Harvpix Photo Contributed Contributed

BYRON Surf Lifesaving Club had another strong showing at last weekend's 30th anniversary Coolangatta Gold iron man event on the Gold Coast.

Glen Lawrence ran stride-for-stride with former multiple winner Grant Kenny, but was awarded first place in the men's over-50 category.

Byron's Heli Murray won the over-40 women's event, with Scott Sewell taking out the over-40s short course and Zoë Heiniger came eighth overall in the open women's elite class.

Mr Lawrence said it was a thrill to be in the same race as Grant Kenny, who has won the Australian Open Ironman event three times and was a bronze medallist for kayaking at the 1984 Olympics.

"He was carrying a calf injury. We ran the first 5km trying to break each other, but then ran the last 2km supporting each other," he said.

"We crossed the line at exactly the same time, but the electronic timer gave the win to me."

Mr Lawrence is a coach at the Byron Surf Lifesaving Club and trains 10hours per week, increasing to 19hours per week prior to competition.

"I'm going to spend the next month taking it easy and training the kids ready for the season ahead," he said.

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