Goldie Classic: In-form Redhead ironmen brace for big challenge on home beach

AT HOME: Redhead's Isak Costello competing in the Goldie Classic Ironman event at Redhead in 2015. Costello won the contest in 2014 and 2017. Picture: Ryan Osland

AT HOME: Redhead's Isak Costello competing in the Goldie Classic Ironman event at Redhead in 2015. Costello won the contest in 2014 and 2017. Picture: Ryan Osland

RACE organisers are not expecting many visiting athletes to take on the Goldie Classic at Redhead on Sunday, but Isak Costello knows his push for a third title will be just as challenging.

The Redhead ironman won last year and in 2014, when he became the first Hunter champion. The event, now in its eighth edition, was created to honour the late Peter “Goldie” Mackerras, who was a popular Redhead competitor and coach.

Costello will back up after being part of a memorable ironman final for Redhead last Sunday at the NSW surf lifesaving titles at Blacksmiths Beach. He was sixth, and clubmate Daniel Collins became the first Hunter winner in almost 20 years. Redhead’s Justin McMorland was ninth, setting up what should should be a hotly-contested Goldie Classic.

“I was quite happy with how I raced,” Costello said of the NSW decider.

“It was a really tough final and the whole top eight were guys from the [Nutri-Grain] series. It was a really fast race, the difference between first and eighth was a wave. Dan had a massive race and did really well, but there wasn’t much in the race at all.

“We had three guys in the top 10, which we’ve never done before, so that shows we’re doing the right thing.”

The Goldie, which includes an ironwoman division and separate teams event, offers $2000 in prizemoney and could be held in big swell if Tropical Cyclone Linda’s influence hits in time.

Costello believed some top athletes from outside the region would make the trip on Sunday but local knowledge could be vital.

“Redhead’s a good beach to watch when there’s swell, there’s 100 per cent chance of carnage,” he said. “It can be quite dangerous, with a lot of water moving around, so anyone who trains there has an advantage because it can be difficult to read.”

“It’s our only chance to race on our home beach all year and all your coaches and the older guys at the club are there to cheer you on.

“It’s a good day down there and it would be good to get another win. It’s an event that means a fair bit to me.

“Dan hasn’t won it before so I’m sure he’ll be after one but I won’t make it easy on him. It will be good competition.”

This year the Goldie race format is a 300m run, 1km ski, 300m run, 500m swim, 1km board leg and 300m run to finish.

The individual event starts at 3pm. The teams contest starts at 3.45pm. Entries are available on the day and cost $25 per competitor. Teams entry is free.