Yesterday North Curl Curl SLSC held the ninth annual 3 Points Challenge – this unique event combines 3 ocean swims and sand runs between North & South Curl Curl and Freshwater beaches and this year saw some of the biggest numbers to date. The course is no mean feat to complete and attracts elite level entrants from all across Australia including Ex Gold medal Olympians, Iron Man tri-athletes and some of the worlds best ocean swimmers plus hundreds of others who are there simply to finish.
The temperature was forecast to reach 37 degrees but thanksfully as I arrived at the beach at 6am it was cloudy and lightly raining – tho still very warm and humid it was not feeling anywhere like what had been predicted
As before this year started off with the 2.3km ocean swim just to get the blood flowing before the main event. 166 people took part and in an incredibly tight finish Sydney 2000 Gold Medalist Chris Fydler took the honors with only 2 seconds separating the top 4 competitors including fourth placed Erin Killey giving the guys a very good run for their money.
Half an hour after the Elite swimmers had finished the final competitors crossed the line and the 707 3 Points entrants took their place at the waters edge. 50 Elite class swimmers and runners took to the water first swimming their first leg at North Curly before heading down to South Curly and Freshwater before running back to North Curly to finish.
Thankfully the clouds hung around for the most part of the race and kept the temps down and as with the ocean swim the first two places were hotly contested. After 46 minutes of exertion, just 23 seconds separated first placed Mitch Dean and second placed Cameron Good.
A great morning of competition and an extra bonus of raising $3,300 for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
The full results listing can be found here and if anyone wants prints of any of the pictures featured here, please drop me a line. Thanks also to Camera Hire in North Manly for helping me out with a second body for the day – they stock a great range of Canon and Nikon gear plus a whole range of lighting equipment. You can find them here or on Pittwater Road near Oliver Street.