UK Coach – Jack Maitland – Junior Camp & Coaching
Jack Maitland, coming to us from the UK, will be conducting a Junior Camp during the week of October 21st (school mid term) and “Coach the Coach” sessions during the week in the early evenings.
Junior Camp HALF DAYS Mornings:
Mon 21st / Tues 22nd – NSC North Field
Wed 23rd / Thurs 24th – NSC Swimming Pool
Fri 25th – BTA Shed, Clearwater ending with a lunchtime BBQ
FEE: $150.00
Registration Contact: Caroline Wright
Adult/Parent Coaching Sessions: FREE
Mon 21st – Thurs 24th Evenings: 6pm – 7:30pm
Location: BOA, Ground Floor, Belvedere Bldg (Opposite Waterloo House)
Registration Contact: Caroline Wright
Jack comes to us highly recommended by British Triathlon. He ran the Leeds Center of Excellence and coached the Brownlee brothers for a number of years. He is now applying his expertise to developing more coaches around the world. You can visit his website at http://www.britishtriathlon.org Jack Maitland.


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Karen Smith had to draw on all of her experience yesterday as she battled pain and tough conditions to record an impressive 4th place finish in the female 50-54 age group at the Ironman World Championships in Kona yesterday (Saturday 12th October).

After an excellent swim in rolling waves Karen exited the water 2nd in her age group in 1:06:48  in a tightly bunched field. German Beate Goertz, the strong favorite in this age group, wasted no time in distancing herself from the competition as she averaged an incredible 22.33 miles per hour for the 180km bike despite climbing temperatures and the usual tough headwinds in the 20 miles before the turn back to Kona. Karen quickly lost places on the bike after two stops to check on noise from her bike but on the return portion she moved her way back up into contention finishing with a 5:37:19 time going into the run.

However, over the past couple of years Karen has been suffering with a foot condition that causes swelling and pinching of the nerves and the problem was aggravated on the bike resulting in a long T2 to ice her feet. Despite the pain Karen began to work her up up the field from 6th into 4th but was just unable to reel in former Canadian professional Y Timewell who finished in 10hrs 40 mins 45 secs with Karen just 2 minutes back in 10 :42;54 despite getting to within 55 secs of Timewell despite suffering cramps. Goerta posted an extraordinary 9 hr 46 mins 02 secs, the 9th fastest female amateur time (!!!!) to take the age group win.

Karen posted a 3;47:27 marathon. Altogether a gutsy performance.

The overall women’s winner was Germany’s Anne Haug who blitzed the run course to catch Lucy Charles, who recorded another 2nd place finish after repassing Australian Sarah Crowley who faded late in the race but hung on for 3rd.

Jan Frodeno after suffering muscle problems two years ago and sitting out last year after a stress fracture recorded his 3rd overall mens victory as the anticipated challenge from the 2017 and 2018 winner and course record holder Justin Lange and first time IM World Champ participant Alistair Brownlee did not materialise. Lange pulled out early on the bike due to developing a fever overnight and Brownlee faded to 21st in the stiffling Kona heat that took its toll on a number of the top men including Canada’s Lionel Sanders and Scotland’s David MacNamee who were expecting to be challenging for a podium spot. The USA’s Tim O’Donnell was a popular if unexpected 2nd after battling injuries for a couple of years with the consistent Sebastien Kienle in 3rd.

Brunton and Cooper crowned AXA National Champions

Corey Brunton and Ashley Cooper held off spirited challenges and windy conditions on Sunday at Clearwater Beach to be crowned the AXA Bermuda National Olympic (standard ) Triathlon Champions for 2019.

Brunton got off to a strong start as he posted the quickest swim time (26:04) for the 1500 meter choppy swim emerging from the water with women’s leader Maddie Durkin (26:06).

Brunton entered T1 with almost a minute lead over nearest rival Matt Thompson with Alex Krononberg almost 3 minutes adrift. Matt and Alex however wasted no time over the 40km bike in eating into Corey’s lead with all three contenders separated by around a minute into T2, Alex posting the fastest bike of the day in 1:05:13.

Meamwhile Maddie entered T1 with nearly 1 1/2 minutes over Ashley  and added a further 1 1/2 minutes to her lead on the bike going into the run with Louise Wells producing a strong bike leg to close down Ashley.

In the end Corey and Ashley’s strong running ability told as they both produced 10km runs under 42 minutes, winning comfortably in the end. Maddy had enough of a cushion to hold off Louise Wells for 2nd place. Alex and Matt were meanwhile involved in a real battle for the remaining podium spots with Alex catching Matt on the run to edge him by just 13 seconds.

The strength of the women’s field was evident as Ashley (4th), Maddie (5th), Louise (6) and Becci Shepherd (10th) all finished in the top ten.

Visitor Nigel Cox was first across the line in the 60+ age group in an impressive time of 2:48:26 with Charlie Duffy ,at 69, also impressive with a time of 3:03:25

Full results at BermudaTiming.bm

Tyler Butterfield 1st in Cozumel Ironman 70.3

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You might have been forgiven for thinking that perhaps Tyler Butterfield had either retired or cut back from his Ironman racing, in particular since he will not be appearing in Kona this year for the Ironman World Championships after a number of years on the starting line.

However, Tyler showed this past weekend that he is still very much in the picture when it comes to the best long distance triathletes in the world by finishing first at the Ironman 70.3 Cozumel 2019.

It may not have been the strongest field  assembled with many triathletes already in Kona preparing, but in tough conditions Tyler produced a very strong performance with impressive splits for someone who has had to split his time between a growing family, work on the family horse boarding facilities and training.

Tyler came out of the water within seconds of the leaders in 25:05 and then blitzed the bike in  2:07:19 at an average speed of 42.42km/hr and then put in a solid run of 1:14:45 for an overall time of 3hr 50 mins 22 secs


Durkin 3rd and Starzomski 6th at Ironman 70.3 Lake Placid


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addie Durkin (F35-39) and Cora Lee Starzomski (F45-49) both produced excellent performances over the weekend at the prestigious Ironman 70.3 Lake Placid , one of the oldest Ironman 70.3 races on the calendar.

Maddie completed the swim in a very impressive time of 32 min 48 secs and a 2:51:58 bike and 1:43:47 run gave her an overall time of 5:18;03 good enough for 3rd in her age group, one of the most competitive asge groups.

Cora Lee also had a strong swim of 33:43 and a solid bike of 3:01:43 and a 2:05;24 run saw her cross the finish line in 5:52:00 for 6th place in her age group.

Both athletes attended the “drop down” for places at the 2020 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in New Zealand with both Maddie and Cora Lee being offered a place at these world championships. Maddie declined but Cora Lee accepted and will represent Bermuda next year in New Zealand.