Despite cycling an extra kilometre because he missed the Forrest Park turn-off, George Baxter still had enough power and skill to win Friday's annual Matt Heagney Memorial men's La-Z-Boy duathlon multisport event.
Baxter ran strongly, setting the pace in the 800m run/walk, 5.5km cycle, 5km run/walk, 5.5km cycle, 200m run/walk event, with Scott McDermid close behind but when Baxter kept going up Taylor Pass Road instead of turning left into Forrest Park drive to the cycle/run transition, McDermid hit the front.
That's how it stayed coming back into the final 5.5km cycle leg but Baxter, a top multisport athlete, showed his power and skill on the bike to eventually mow McDermid down and win a close fought battle by around a minute with McDermid second.
However, the event was much more about people just having a go and remembering the late Matt Heagney and to that end, the 75 taking part seemed to enjoy the experience, held in excellent fine conditions.
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