Pre race favorites, 17 year olds Tyler Smith and Erica Hawley, did not disappoint today , Sunday 25th October, as they won the Bank of Bermuda Foundation Triathlon in emphatic style in rainy conditions.
Despite some heavy rain at the start of the 750 meter swim, the race got underway just after 9 in St. Georges and Tyler soon opened up a narrow lead on Jonathan Herring, a former winner of this race. Tyler exited the water in 11 min 45 secs with Herring out in 2nd in 12.34. A quick transition and fastest bike split (30 min 06 secs) for the 20km bike saw Herring enter T2 with a few seconds lead. But it was Tyler who exited transition first for the 5km run and never looked back, finishing seemingly in cruise control in 1 hr 02 mins 43 secs. Herring was never challenged for 2nd place finishing in 1:04:08.
Despite limited swimming and running, 15 year old junior Matthew Oliviera, impressed again as he held off a fast finishing Evan Naude for 3rd in 1:07:25.
In the women’s race, Erica Hawley ( 12.48) trailed very promising newcomer Eileen Mallowny (12.17) but soon took the lead on the bike with an impressive 36.17 bike leg despite coming down as she exited transition. Erica never looked back as she finished in 1:12 :22, good enough for 9th overall. Eileen showed that she will be one to watch next season as she held on well for 2nd in 1:20:24 (12th overall). Jennifer Wilson took 3rd in 1:22:05. Junior Lynsey Palmer, just 15, might well have stolen 3rd but took a wrong turn that cost her minutes on the bike to finish in 1:22:39.
With the top three overall not considered for the age group prizes the age group winners were :
15-19 Robin Horsefield (9th overall), 20-29 Chris Hands (5th overall), 30-39 Evan Naude (4th overall), 40-49 Matt Thompson (6th overall), 50-59 Kent Richardson (8th overall), 60+ Charles Duffy ( 22nd overall.
15-19 Lynsey Palmer (16th overall), 20-29 Cheryl White (38th overall), 40-49 Vivienne Lochhead (20th overall), 50-59 Susan Edney (17th overall), 60 + Maria Duffy (32nd overall – despite a long mechanical stop).
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