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Weather warning forces organisers to postpone Maitland Triathlon


Organisers of this weekend’s Maitland Triathlon have made the agonising decision to postpone the popular sporting festival until 2023.

The ruling came on the back of the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) forecasting severe weather for the Hunter region over the coming days.

The event is set along the Hunter River in the historic township of Morpeth.

“After considering the warnings predicted for Eastern NSW and, in consultation, with our local emergency services, Maitland City Council, NSW Police, traffic controllers, water safety, marshals and TriNSW officials, we deemed it unsafe to stage it on Sunday 9 October,” H Events’ Paul Humphreys said.

“We’re now rescheduling the Maitland Triathlon for 12 March.

“It’s disappointing, but we took everything into consideration before making the final decision.

“In fact, after two-and-a-half years of COVID-19 and torrential rain forcing cancelations and postponements, we did not want this.

“However, changes to the forecast conditions in the past 48 hours aren’t ambiguous and predict 100% chance of heavy rainfall over the whole weekend.

“Therefore, it would be unsafe to proceed.

“All entrants have been notified.

“It’s a shame, of course, as the Maitland Triathlon boasts qualifying event status for the Age Group World Championships for long and sprint distance races.

“It was also doubling as the NSW State Championships in long distance and would have been the first TriNSW Triathlon League event for the 2022/23 season.

“The local race offers $5,500 in prizemoney, too, which is in short supply for many professional triathletes.”

Humphreys has his fingers crossed for better luck in 2023.

“Last year’s event was also hit with a freak flood event the day before,” he said.

“Thankfully, the ride and run legs were able to go ahead.

“But, we’ll be back, thanks to major sponsor Quarry Mining and financial support from council’s Vibrant Cities program.”

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