Karen Smith and Neil de ste Croix, both multiple winners of the Bank of Bermuda Foundation Triathlon, took top honours on Sunday in St.Georges in humid conditions and with a wet bike course which made conditions tricky.
Neil, who first won this race back in the 1990’s is now 49 and is still going strong. He usually has some time to make up after the swim but only trailed his main rival Mark Wilcox by a few seconds going into the bike ( after what appears to have been a somewhat short swim course) and then opened up over a minute lead on the bike over Wilcox. He padded that lead by another minute on the run to win comfortably in 1hr 3 mins 31 secs.
Mark came home second male adult in 1hr 5 mins 01 secs with Chris Hands (1 hr 6 mins 09 secs ) catching early swim leader Karl Wilson on the run (1hr 06 mins 21 secs) for the third podium spot.
Things could have been very different if Chris and Karl had been closer on the run as the run turn marshall was wrongly positioned and Neil and Mark both ended up running around 1/2 mile longer than the field before the error was spotted.
Karen led the women’s race from start to finish opening up about a minute’s lead on Amber Mehta and Laurie Orchard and two minutes on Julia Hawley after the swim. She then extended that lead by a few seconds going into the run as a very close race developed for 2nd place between Amber, Julia and Laurie who all exited transition into the run within 9 secs of each other. Karen pulled away on the run to finish in 1 hr 4 mins 38 secs whilst Julia managed to open up a gap on Laurie and Amber to take 2nd in 1hr 7 min 01 secs. Behind Julia the consistent Laurie and fast improving Amber were locked in a duel for 3rd but in the end it was Laurie who just edged ahead to finish in 1hr 07 mins 08 secs with Amber clocking 1hr 8 mins 05 secs for 4th.
Karen’s efforts were good enough for 2nd overall but bearing in mind that Mark and Neil ran long that might have been 3rd which is still outstanding.
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