The annual mini-triathlon is supported by the Waitemata Health Board - the NHS provider for the North Shore and West of Auckland, New Zealand.
|GastroHep.com helps athletes keep a cool head.
The event took place on 17 March 2001, around Lake Pupuke, which is located in the suburb of Takapuna, in Auckland.
The triathlon consisted of a 500m swim in Lake Pupuke, a cycle twice around the roads surrounding the lake (12 km), and a further run once around the roads (6 km).
There were both individual and team events.
The endoscopy ‘A' team consisted of Russell Walmsley (a gastro-enterologist), Rosemary Tonkin (a staff endoscopy nurse), and Ian Stewart (a colorectal surgeon). They came a respectable second in the mixed team events.
Despite the intense New Zealand sun, the team kept a cool head. Each benefited from a GastroHep.com cap!
Russell Walmsley of the University of Auckland, said on behalf of his team "Our team benefited from the full protection against the sun's potential malignant consequences, given by GastroHep.com" Russell Walmsley was at the Royal Free in London, when he was one of the original workers preparing GastroHep.com.
Other competitors included Linley Smith (a medical representative for Baxters), who is a former member of the South African Commonwealth running squad. Ishy Maharaj (a consultant gastroenterologist) and Mike Hulme-Muir (a colorectal surgeon) also completed the course.