Bone wins Tahunanui Ironman endurance sea swim in record time

Competitors get started during Sunday's Ironman distance swim from Tahunanui Beach.
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Competitors get started during Sunday's Ironman distance swim from Tahunanui Beach.

Terry Bone cut out the Clements Windows and Doors 3.8km endurance swim in record time yesterday, covering the distance in 45minutes 57seconds.

The annual event attracted 101 swimmers, with a sprinkling from Marlborough, Wellington and Christchurch, 85 choosing the full distance and 16 going for the short option of 1300m from the Richardson St Steps to Tahunanui Beach.

Bone led the field on a scenic tour, heading from the beach to a buoy 1600m away, close to the Boat Shed, before crossing to the navigation marker by Haulashore, then around the southeast toe of the island and the navigation marker to the south of the island and back to the beach.

Nelson's Terry Bone finished first in Sunday's Ironman distance swim from Tahunanui Beach.
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Nelson's Terry Bone finished first in Sunday's Ironman distance swim from Tahunanui Beach.

Matai McGuinniety did his best to stay in contact, the teenager taking second place in 46min 44sec, ahead of Jody Keefe-Laing (47.10), Christchurch swimmer Peter Johnson (47.59), Blenheim's Paul Sell (48.42) and Matt Hansen (49.10).

Jon Linyard (49.20), Glen Findlay (49.23), Simon Kneebone (49.33) and Kerry Mathieson (50.32) brought up the top 10.

Mathieson had to battle to take the first women's spot from Blenheim swimmers Emma Moore (50.47) and Jodie Lovell (51.33) with Christina Harris close behind in 51min 41sec.

Jude Vincent (52.49) Wendy Healey (55.19) and Janis Crampton (55.42) were the next women to  jog up the beach.

In all, an unprecedented 39 swimmers broke the one hour barrier. With the distance seemingly spot on, competitors may have got a boost from the outgoing tide on the return, although the race followed tradition, starting 30 minutes before predicted high tide to minimise this effect, with the tide turning as the race reached its northernmost point.

The changing pattern of currents between Rocks Rd and the island may also have been a factor in the fast times.

Steve Malthus (23.48) won the 1300m swim from Renee Hunt (23.55), Chris Vincent (23.59), Mandy Medcalf-Stephens (26.00), Marnie Brown (17.19) and Katie Malthus (27.44).

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Full results at nelsonseaswims.co.nz.

 - Stuff

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