This year’s Mango Racing Palmy Classic was the biggest and best so far with over $15,000 worth of cash, craft and other prizes up for grabs. Now in the third year since its inception, the total competitor numbers have risen to well over 300 spread over two days of competion.

The quality was also exceptionally high with Nutri-Grain Ironwomen champions Liz Pluimers and Tara Coleman battling it out with many other top levels girls for the honours in their race, whilst several local young rising stars faught it out with some experieced masters in the men’s race.

The Ocean Swim and Beach races were held on the Saturday and the Endurance Ironman on the Sunday. A classic North Queensland winter morning with sunshine and warm water was the perfect setting for the Ironman Race, which started with a 9km paddle around the islands off Palm Cove. Total race distance was 21km, finishing with a 4km beach run to the Cairns Surf Club.

Liz Pluimers had a comfortable win in the open ladies race, whilst yound local Max Fifield took out the open mens. Ten teams also took part in the race including competiors from 10 years old to over 60, and they all cannot wait to return to do it all again in 2015.