Bird watchers finish third

Far North Coast Canoe Club champions (l-r) Mark Yagar, Tony Cutis, Glen Curtis and Harris Cycles Darryl Pursey teamed up to post third place in the recent Anaconda Adventure race at Coolangatta. The race included swimming, kayaking, running, cycling and a group run.

Four local men Mark Yagar, Tony Cutis, Glen Curtis and Darryl Pursey finished third in the recent Anaconda Adventure race at Coolangatta, which isnt bad considering the team accidentally got lost in Currumbin Bird Sanctuary.

The team went into the final 2km leg with a solid chance of taking first place in the extreme event, which included four disciplines running, ocean swimming, ocean kayaking and cycling before losing their bearings.

In the earlier run leg Mark Yagers efforts through the narrow, steep paths lifted the team from fifth to first place. In a desperate run which included a host of falls and plenty of cuts and bruises, Yager tore up the competition.

Tony Curtis also achieved great heights during his section of the race, lifting the team from 30th to fifth in the 14km paddle after brother Glen struggled in the 1.9km ocean swim leg. Darryl Pursey held on in the 17km mountain bike ride to keep the team in medals contention.

Finally, with the title at their feet, the team were required to run together for 2km through the Currumbin Bird Sanctuary. Had they only known they were meant to run straight through rather than follow the arrows they could have sealed first place, but instead finished a mildly embarrassed third.

In the individual sections, Mark Yager finished with the fastest run of the day in one hour four minutes and Tony Curtis paddled the second fastest, taking just one hour and 11 minutes to complete his leg.

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