THE GREAT MARK ALLEN AND THE DAY HE WON BERMUDA

The International Triathlon Union this week featured an article on one of the greatest triathletes, Mark Allen, one of the sport’s early superstars. Allen was known as the Zen Master for his ability to focus and go through incredible pain barriers. He was one of four triathletes, the others were Dave Scott, Scott Molina and Mike Pigg, who earned the knickname “the big four” such was their dominance in the sport.

In 1987 and 1988 Bermuda hosted one of the richest prize money triathlons in the world ( only the Gold Coast Triathlon in Australia equaled the prize money) and the event, for professionals and amateurs, attracted the best field of professional triathletes ever assembled from across the world. It was pretty cool going to the start line with the professional triathletes. Mark Alen won the 1987 event.

BELOW ARE LINKS TO PART OF THE BERMUDA INTERNATIONAL TRIATHLON 1989 RACE COVERAGE AND TO THE ARTICLE ON MARK ALLEN.

BERMUDA INTERNATIONAL TRIATHLON – VIDEO

ARTICLE ON MARK ALLEN

MISSFITS TO INVADE KEY WEST

THE DISTINCTIVE BERMUDA MISSFITS TRISUIT WILL BE STRONGLY IN EVIDENCE AT THE KEY WEST TRIATHLON
THE DISTINCTIVE BERMUDA MISSFITS TRISUIT WILL BE STRONGLY IN EVIDENCE AT THE KEY WEST TRIATHLON

14 members of the Bermuda MissFits Triathlon group will be heading to Key West, Florida to compete in the Key West Triathlon on December 6th.

The group will consist of :

Sharon Alikhani, Deanna Dydik, Frances Betts, Sharon Craig, Carol Dixon, Tammy Ingham, Kandis Matthews, Marina O’Shea, Lizzie Peckett, Kerre Venter, Nancy Swart, Liz Stewart, Helene Simmons and Jen Wilson.

Helene, Kerre, Tammy and Marina will be doing the sprint distance whilst the rest will compete over the Standard (Olympic) distance.

HIGGS BEACH
HIGGS BEACH

The race is in its 5th year and has a maximum field of 1000 participants. Transition will be at Higgs Beach.

FOR MORE DETAILS GO TO THE FOLLOWING LINK

KEY WEST TRIATHLON WEBSITE

ERICA HAWLEY AT ITU CAMP

ERICA GETTING READY IN TRANSITION AT YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES
ERICA GETTING READY IN TRANSITION AT YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES

Promising Bermuda junior, Erica Hawley, is just finishing up a 10 day ITU/ Camtri traithlon camp in Ecuador. It was a camp for juniors and U23’s in our region. 34 athletes were invited by the Camtri region. It was held in Cuencas, at one of the High Performance Centres.

A report on the camp will follow from Erica in a couple of weeks.

FAREWELL JACKIE FAIRWEATHER (NEE GALLAGHER)

JACKIE GALLAGHER
JACKIE GALLAGHER

I was deeply saddened this week to hear that Jackie Fairweather Gallagher committed suicide on 2nd November 2014 at the age of 46. Jackie suffered a long battle with depression.

In 1996 I hosted three Australian triathletes for the Bermuda ITU World Cup Triathlon. One of those triathletes was Jackie who finished 4th in the women’s race. I recall that she was devastated not to have at least made the podium because she was such a perfectionist but she vowed to win the world championships. Jackie went on to win the Triathlon World Championships in Cleveland, USA two weeks later.  Jackie was a fierce competitor but also a lovely lady . Even though she was only with us for a few days my two boys thought the world of her. Jackie had strong opinions on everything but she also had an engaging personality and a warm smile. I next saw her on a shuttle bus at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, where she won bronze in the marathon, and she fondly recalled her time in Bermuda.

Jackie began competing in triathlons in 1992 and won the elite Australian National Series in her first season. She spent eight years as a professional triathlete. In 1996 when she became the world triathlon champion she set  a championship record time of 1 hour 50 minutes 52 seconds . She also won the World Duathlon Championships in 1996 to become the only person ever to win both world titles in one year. In 1999 Jackie won gold at the World Duathlon Championships and silver at the World Triathlon Championships. She also took two other silver medals (1995 and 1997) at the World Triathlon Championships. In 2004 Jackie was appointed Head Coach of the Australian Institute of Sport Triathlon programme and she gained universal recognition for her fantastic work with Australia’s triathletes. Jackie was inducted into the Australian Triathlon Hall of Fame in 2012. RIP Jackie.

Click on “comment” above to read Charlie Duffy’s recollection which I think is correct.

NIKKI BUTTERFIELD 3RD AT ASIA PACIFIC IRONMAN 70.3 IN MANDURAH

TYLER AND NIKKI IN MANDURAH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA TODAY
TYLER AND NIKKI IN MANDURAH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA TODAY

Niiki Butterfield, wife of Bermuda’s Tyler Butterfield, returned to racing this weekend, Sunday 9th November, with an excellent podium finish at the Asia Pacific Ironman 70.3 in Madurah, Western Australia.

In a closely contested race Nikki completed the course in 4hrs 3 mins 49 secs. The winner was Australia’s Annabel Luxford who finished in 4 hrs 2 mins 20 secs

Germany’s Michael Raelert who competed in Bermuda in the Escape to Bermuda Triathlon was the men’s winner.

Nikki’s result will give her a lot of confidence as she heads into the new prestigious Bahrain 70.3 Triathlon in December which has significant prize money and has attracted a strong field. Tyler will be in the men’s field.

FOR FULL RESULTS FOLLOW THIS LINK

MANDURAH 70.3

FLORA DUFFY WINS QUEEN OF BERMUDA

Queen of Bermuda logo

FLORA DUFFY CROSSES THE LINE TODAY
FLORA DUFFY CROSSES THE LINE TODAY

Bermuda’s Flora Duffy completed a remarkable year of racing as she won the Queen of Bermuda Triathlon this morning, Sunday 9th November, ahead of US twins Bec and Laurel Wassner. Flora finished in a time of 55 mins 50 for the shortened course with Rebecca Wassner finishing in 56.45.

ELITE PRO RESULTS :

Flora Duffy 1 1 11:29 1:38 2 23:28 0:36 1 18:37 55:50 55:50
2 Rebeccah Wassner 2 2 12:19 1:38 1 23:11 0:43 2 18:51 56:45 56:45
3 Laurel Wassner 3 3 12:27 1:33 3 24:19 0:42 3 19:15 58:18 58:18

Atrocious rain prior to the race meant that the 18.6km bike was reduced due to flooding but fortunately the weather held off during the race itself and there was a good turnout of local and visiting triathletes.

Flora opened up a 45 second lead going into the bike and managed to maintain that lead going from the bike into the last 5km run.

Meanwhile there was a bit of an upset in the race for top amateur finishers as newcomer Marie Lyne Dore used the fastest swim amongst the amateurs to hold off veteran Julia Hawley with Belinda Castree in 3rd place. Despite a large contingent of visitors (almost 70) Bermuda had the top ten overall finishers. The first visiting athlete was 14 year old junior Kylie Holman of Canada competing in only her 2nd triathlon.

MARIE - LYNE DORE -FIRST AGE GROUPER
MARIE – LYNE DORE -FIRST AGE GROUPER

TOP TEN AMATEUR FINISHERS :

1 Marie-Lyne Dore 12 1 14:48 2:09 4 27:09 0:50 2 22:07 1:07:03 1:07:03
2 Julia Hawley 107 9 17:42 2:35 2 25:37 0:51 1 22:05 1:08:51 1:08:51
3 Belinda Castree 27 2 14:57 2:14 3 26:20 1:04 23 26:38 1:11:15 1:11:15
4 Natalie Luthi 114 5 16:08 2:28 12 29:47 1:11 8 24:30 1:14:07 1:14:07
5 Sharon Hammond 56 11 18:02 2:06 7 28:42 1:00 7 24:19 1:14:10 1:14:10
6 Alicia Hancock 32 3 15:07 3:04 18 30:30 1:12 9 24:37 1:14:33 1:14:33
7 Melissa Logie 11 14 18:46 2:22 8 28:57 1:38 5 23:17 1:15:03 1:15:03
8 Jennifer Wilson 29 18 19:12 2:01 5 27:48 0:50 14 25:17 1:15:10 1:15:10
9 Jamie Donnelly 109 8 17:16 3:23 9 29:11 1:25 12 25:10 1:16:27 1:16:27
10 Kandis Matthews 23 24 19:49 2:31 6 28:28 0:48 11 24:54 1:16:33 1:16:33
11 Kylie Holman 7 4 15:48 2:55 42 34:19 0:37 4 23:05 1:16:45 1:16:45

FOR FULL RESULTS AND PICTURES GO TO THE LINKS SECTION OF THIS BLOG AND CLICK ON BERMUDA TIMING SYSTEMS.

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