As already reported, Christine Patton completed the Chatanooga Ironman 70.3 on Sunday but she was not the only Bermuda triathlete to participate.
Jonnie Betts (men 45-49) finished 36th in his age group with a 29:55 swim, 2:37:37 bike and 1:55:50 run for an overall time of 5:10:23
Jennifer Wilson ( female 40-44) was 29th with splits of 32:27, 2:51:17 and 2:11:51 for an overall time of 5:43:12.
Tim Patterson (mens 4-44) was 73rd with splits of 30:32, 2:48:49 and 1:56:00 for an overall time of 5:23:38
Kandis Matthews (female 35-39) finished 28th with splits of 34:13,2:57:49 and 1:57:32 for an overall time of 5:36:14
As already reported Christine Patton finished 23rd in her 55-59 age group but evidently she was sick during the race and had to stop repeatedly. Credit to Christine for toughening out to the finish, especially as she went into the race with a shoulder injury.
Thanks to Jenn Wilson for the race report below and to Jonnie Betts for the photo.
The mainly down river swim was fast!! Then a challenging rolling hill bike course combined with riding into a head wind for the 2nd half (but with gorgeous scenery) plus a tough run course took its toll on all of us. We were all very happy to be done and having a beer – as you can see in the picture! This was also post massage so we were feeling human again!
Sue Edney finished 3rd today in the 50-54 age group in the Barcelona Ironman 70.3 in Calella,Spain. Windy but cool conditions created a difficult swim, made more difficult by a strong current.
Sue exited the water in 9th place in 42.19 but soon picked up places on the long climb on the technical bike course which contained a diffuclt descent after the 2nd long climb. After finishing the 90km bike in 3hrs 28 mins 12 secs she had move into 4th place. Her run of 2hrs 07 mins 42 seconds took her into a podium position and she finished in 6:27:57 which gave her 112th place amongst female competitors. 2500 competitors started the race.
Martina Olcheski Bell was crowned Caribbean Triathlon Champion today in Miami, Florida. Although the innaugral event only attracted 16 Caribbean competitors who raced alongside other non Caribbean competitors, Martina neverthless got the job done and produced a strong race finishing as the 4th fastest female overall in 2 hrs 17 mins 15 secs for the .5 mile swim ( short of the standard / olympic distance swim), 24.8 mile bike and 6.2 mile run.
Steve Petty finished in 2hrs 36 mins 11 secs to win his 60-64 age group in the Caribbean Champs.
13 year old Nick Pilgrim and 16 year old Lynsey Palmer produced outstanding races today to finish 1st male and female overall out of 33 competitors in the 2016 Caribbean Sprint Triathlon Championships in Miami, Florida. Lynsey was also 4th overall.
Nick and Lynsey exited the .25 mile swim together in the lead and although Nick was caught on the bike by Cameron Roach (men 35-39) on the 10 mile bike he produced the third fastest bike split. He then had easily the fastest 3.1 mile run split to win comfortably.
Meanwhile Lynsey had the fastest female bike split and a solid run to also win comfortably.
The Caribbean competitors started and raced alongside other competitors, mainly from the USA, and Nick, in his first longer distance race, was 6th overall male and Lynsey 2nd overall female amongst all starters.
Report by series director Dawn Johnson (thanks Dawn),
Supersprint 2016 kicked off in fine style on Thursday evening at Clearwater Beach. 23 individuals turned up to test out their winter training schedule and catch up with people they probably haven’t seen since the supersprints finished last September. Youngsters Nick Pilgrim and Lynsey Palmer took the honours by being 1st and 2nd respectively, closely followed by the ever-present Kent Richardson. It was good to see some new faces at the Supersprint including Sarah Bonnet of cycling fame (asking the eternal question “why do we do this?”), Wolde Place, who gamely swam and ran although has yet to secure a bike for the middle part of the race and Arianna Balestrieri. Nancy Stevens bravely cycled a whole circuit wearing the wrong shoes and decided that was enough after all. Many thanks go to Ian Pilgrim for introducing us all to a new and amazing app for timing races called, I believe, race timer!, to Donna Pilgrim for manning the bike turnaround, Charlie Duffy for recording times and to Nick Pilgrim for donating brownies