Thousands of triathletes and their families converged onto the Great Lakes region this weekend for Challenge Forster.

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Courtney Gilfillan (AUS) took her first Challenge Forster title in a time of 4:28.47.

Gina Crawford (NZL) followed in second place (4:31.00), while Jessica Mitchell (AUS) (4:35.14) claimed the final podium sport finishing third.

While there was several lead changes in the mens race, it was Todd Skipworth (AUS) who led the elites from the water, holding on towin in a time of 3:52:29.

David Mainwaring (AUS) ran in second (3:57.30) ahead of his housemate, Matthew Pellow (AUS) (3.58.24).

Turia Pitt and her fiancé Michael Hoskins, also crossed the line in just over six hours in what was her first long distance event since sustaining life threatening burns to over 65% of her body in a freak fire while racing in a West Australian ultra-marathon in 2011.

This was her first test ahead of her scheduled full long distance triathlon event in 2016. Pitt finished fourth in her age group.

Full results can be viewed here: