Leon wins ‘best ever’ Byron tri

‘The best ever’ was how event co-ordinator Jacque Hogan described Saturday’s Byron Bay Triathlon.
With perfect conditions and a record field of 870 competitors, Jacque said she was ecstatic.
 “Competitors loved it, spectators loved it and the volunteers were great,” she said.
“All in all it was a brilliant day.”
Melbourne’s Leon Griffin stormed home to win the 14th annual event.
The 28-year-old, who is recovering from a summer of injury, made his move on the 10km run leg near Clarks Beach to finish about a minute ahead of Paul Ambrose and three minutes in front of third placegetter Brian Fuller.
Griffin will now head to the United States for competition for the next three or four months before returning to Australia to contest the World Long Distance Triathlon Championships in Perth in October.
There were no entries in the women’s professional division, so the first woman home was Rachael Paxton of Queensland in the 20 to 24 years ago group.
Money raised from the triathlon will be presented to the Byron Bay Surf Club, Brunswick Valley Rescue Squad and the Byron Bay Cancer Support Group.

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