Champness returns in top form

Vernon's Nathan Champness wins Peachland Sprint Triathlon.

After 11 months away from racing, Nathan Champness is making up for lost time.

The 28-year-old, who has been sidelined while recovering from hernia surgery, won the Peachland Sprint Triathlon Sunday, finishing the 750-metre swim, 20-km bike and 5-km run in one hour, one minute and 37 seconds. His time was nearly three minutes faster than runner-up Chris Willett of Kelowna (1:04:30). Jesse van Oene of Kelowna took the last podium spot (1:08:52).

Vernon’s Allan McWilliam dominated the men’s 40-49 age category and took sixth overall in 1:10:14, and Gary Horsting of Coldstream took fourth in the men’s 50-59 in 1:17:23.

In the women’s race Carmelle Guiding-Swan led a Kelowna sweep of the podium in 1:12:29, with Valentina Miller (1:18:03) and Kim Jollymore (1:20:48) taking second and third place respectively.