Wow, what a day out at the 2007 Gold Coast Half Ironman! I woke up race day feeling really good, and I decided it was going to be a great day with not a bad pro field on the start list. We headed down to Coomera Waters just outside the Goldie for a 6 a.m. start, with what turned out to be great, although pretty hot, weather.
In the swim, I felt pretty strong, coming out of the water in 5th position with a time of 24:35. I mounted the bike feeling strong, and—along with Oyvind Johannesen—I managed to get a break on the chase group, picking up race leader Paul Matthews at the 45 km mark. The pace shut down after we picked up Paul, all of us motivated to save our legs for what was shaping up to be a very hot run. We came off the bike with about 4 minutes on the chase group, with me clocking a time of 2:17:08, still feeling good and pumped for the 21-km run.
We ran the first 1 km together, spurred on by my good mate Pete Murray who was going off in the commentary box. Johannessen was the first to be dropped, with me taking a few kms to get my running legs. By the halfway mark, Matthews had established a gap of 1:50. However, I started to come good as he began to fade slightly and I began bringing the gap back. I eventually ran out of miles though, with Matthews taking the win in 4:03:04 and me coming in 1:25 behind at 4:04:31 and a running time of 1:22:47. My good mate John Cornish rounded out the podium with a time of 4:10:01.
2007 Gold Coast Half Ironman Results: Top 10 Finish Times
- Paul Matthews 4:03:04
- Tim Berkel 4:04:30
- John Cornish 4:10:00
- Peter Loveridge 4:11:20
- Jarrod Evans 4:13:53
- Klayten Smith 4:14:38
- Oyvind Johannessen 4:16:30
- Brad Campbell 4:17:08
- Pablo Safrana 4:18:20
- Nick Conway 4:18:32
Athlink has a full list of results and other stats for the 2007 Cannibal Gold Coast Half Ironman.
Overall, I was stoked running down the finish line having the support of my family and the crew from Port Mac. The 2nd place has only given me more motivation to go one better next year!