Penticton’s Dave Matheson is Challenge Penticton age group champ

Dave Matheson wins Challenge Penticton full distance age-group race

Penticton's David Matheson is congratulated by fans as he prepares to cross the finish line in the full distance event of the Challenge Penticton race at Okanagan Lake Park Aug. 30 to top the overall standings. Mark Brett/Penticton Western News



David Matheson celebrated his Valley First Challenge Penticton full-distance win with beer, nachos and pizza.

“It hasn’t quite sunk in yet,” said Matheson, who completed the 3.9-kilometre swim, 180-km bike and 42.2-km run in  nine hours, 36 minutes, 30 seconds.

The Penticton triathlete was third out of the water among age group athletes and was the quickest on the bike finishing with the second fastest run time.

“It feels pretty amazing to win a race like this in my hometown. Never expected it. It was a great opportunity with the amateur race being shifted to the full,” said Matheson. “I’m pretty pleased.”

Matheson said the slight changes to the course made it more difficult, especially dealing with winds.

“I don’t think I have ever felt winds quite as strong on this race,” he said. “It’s all good. I like epic courses. I like tough days because it just makes it that much better when you win.”

Physically, Matheson said he felt good saying the only struggles he experienced were during the run on Eastside Road. Getting out of the area that has houses, he experienced strong winds.

“As soon as those winds hit me, it was like running into a wall,” said Matheson.

He adjusted by slowing his pace. The main thing that was different for Matheson, who completed Challenge Roth seven weeks earlier, was that he led most of the way.

“I have never done that before. I’m usually the one chasing people,” he said. “It was exciting but nervous, too.”

Taking second was Richard Campbell of Cotton Tree, UT in 9:52:30. In third was Will O’Connor of Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Winning the women’s field was Kamloops’ Yvonne Timewell, who finished fifth overall, in 10:56:27. During her post race interview with Challenge Penticton, Timewell joked that the Penticton Regional Hospital should give her a job as an anesthetics assistant, so her family can move to Penticton where they own a home.

“All in all it was a great, epic day in terms of the weather,” said Timewell. “We had everything out there. Perfect swim, calm water.”

Timewell completed the swim in 1:05:03, the bike in 6:05:34 and the run in 3:45:50.

“The run, it was great. This is why they call it Challenge,” she said. “It was a true challenge today.”

Timewell, who described herself as a strong cyclist, said the bike course gave her the biggest challenge. She admits her overall time was slow and the bike made her fade a bit on the run course.

“I love racing in Penticton,” said Timewell, who won the Olympic distance in the Peach City triathlon earlier this summer and is a former Ultraman Canada winner. “It’s so nice to be in Penticton.”

Taking second was Vancouver’s Andrea Taylor in 11:27:45 and in third was Calgary’s Daniel Redelinghuys in 11:31:17.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Lake Country Food Bank welcomes wheelbarrow load of donations

Rotary Club presents symbolic cheque for the $24,600 raised since August 2018

Vernon family shares story of son’s cancer recovery to encourage blood donation

Finlay Ritson’s parents can’t donate blood, but hope his story will encourage others to do so

WATCH: North Okanagan seniors stay fit in self-isolation

Residents have taken to their balconies to follow along in exercise class

‘An extra $220 every 90 days’: B.C. patients pay more dispensing fees due to prescription limits

Kelowna woman says it’s outrageous to charge for refills every 30 days

Colouring book will feature images of Summerland

Project is a joint initiative of Summerland Museum and Summerland Community Arts Council

‘Hold our line’: 29 new cases of COVID-19 announced in B.C.

Saturday’s number of new cases marks the lowest in weeks.

Visitor to Kamloops army club tests positive for COVID-19: Interior Health

The individual visited Anavets 290 Army and Navy Club between March 13 and March 17

Two inmates found positive for COVID-19 at federal prison in B.C.; other tests pending

15 staff self-isolating waiting results, refusal to work notice sent, says correctional officer

COVID-19: Staying home in Shuswap is difficult when you don’t have one

As the snow flies, people without homes in Salmon Arm talk about how tough life is

Critic, workers’ group ‘disappointed’ Trudeau chose Amazon to distribute PPE

Amazon Canada said in an email to The Canadian Press that it is working with Canada Post, Purolator

Vernon politician questions if response to COVID-19 worse than virus

Precautions make sense but destroying economy in process doesn’t, says Coun. Scott Anderson

‘Always look on the sunny side,’ Okanagan senior says

Heaton Place resident shares story of growing up in Roaring Twenties

92-year-old Vernon woman crochets 1,000 toques for donation

Daisy Ferguson has been working on the toque project for the past six years

COVID-19: ‘Think before you click,’ north Okanagan city says

City of Armstrong urges residents stay safe online as phone, email scams on rise amid pandemic

Most Read