Karen Smith, competing in her first long distance triathlon since 2014 returned to her winning ways taking first place yesterday, Sunday in the Ironman 70.3 in Puerto Rico.
Karen was first out of the water in 31:15 and after dropping to 2nd with a 2:43:18 bike ran herself to the win in 1:43:49 for an overall time of 5:04:31, good enough for 134th place overall. Karen won her age group despite losing 8 minutes when she hit a pot hole and her aero bars were damaged.
Shawn Connell Clarkson showed that she will be a force to reckon with on the local triathlon scene as she was 4th in the women’s 40-44 age group in 5:16:46. She emerged from the water first in her age group in 30:57 and was 2nd off the bike with a split of 2:42:00 before finishing with a run of 1:57:12
Sarah Farrar (40-44) also broke the top 20 as she completed the course in 6:09:38 (40:31, 3:11:13, 2:09:41) t0 finish in 19th spot
Nancy Stevens competing in her first 70.3 to mark her upcoming 50th birthday was an impressive 20th in the 50-54 age group in 6:55:00 with splits of 44:47, 3:12:10, 2:45:03.
Josh Ball (40-44)and Danielle Morin were also competing in their first triathlon longer than the sprint distance and both finished. Josh 174th in his age group with an overall time of 7:40:37 with splits of 59:25, 3:29:05 and 2:56:59 whilst Danielle was 38th in the 40-44 female age group in 6:54:09 with splits of 42:56, 3:16:38 and 2:40:31.
Gerhard Boonstra ( 45-49) did not need medical attention and finished 57th in the male 45-49 age group in 5:58:48 (swim 35:37, bike 2:56:11 and run 2:16:43).
Tom Hands was 68th in his age group in 6:31:11 ( 40:36, 2:53:06 and 2:48:40).
The team of Victor Ruberry, Ian Pilgrim and Lara Rogers finished 6th overall as ex Olympian Victor emerged from the water 7th in the team event in 32:45 and Ian Pilgrim then blitzed the bike in 2:33:19 to move them into second place with Lara completing the run in 2:13:34 for an overall time of 5:27:29.
Sarah Farrar’s race report to follow !!