Champness rules Desert Half Iron

Vernon’s Nathan Champness wins Desert Half Iron Triathlon Sunday in Osoyoos.

  • Jul. 12, 2013 12:00 p.m.

If the 2013 race season has a theme for Vernon’s Nathan Champness, it is to make up for lost time.

Unable to start racing until late July in 2012, the 29-year-old earned his third win in four races at the Desert Half Iron Triathlon Sunday in Osoyoos.

He completed the 2-kilometre swim, 90-km bike and 21.1-km run in four hours, eighteen minutes and thirty four seconds, more than 11 minutes ahead of runner-up Chris Young of Vancouver.

Next up for Champness, who races for The Starting Block and Olympia Cycle, is the Peach Classic Tri on July 21, where there is a $5,000 prize on offer to anyone who can break the long-standing course record.

Other local athletes earning age-group podium spots on Sunday were: Carol Winn (1st, women’s 40-44); Tanja Redelinghuys (2nd, women’s 40-44); Lynda Proce (2nd, women’s 55-59); Mike Everett (1st, men’s 65-69).