Yesterday’s Clarien Ironkids Triathlon was another great success thanks to the efforts of the sponsors and Clarien staff and volunteers under race director Spencer Conway. Clarien have made this event a highlight of the triathlon year.
The 11-10 year olds raced over 100m swim, 2.5 mile bike and .5 mile run with the 11-15 year olds racing over 200m swim, 5 mile bike and 1 mile run.
In the 11-15 racing bike category there were few surprises as Bermuda’s leading 13-15 juniors took center stage. As expected, Nick Pilgrim and Caleb Ingham, fresh from their exploits racing as youth elites in the USA, took the top two spots in 22:57 and 23:35 with 13 year old Tommy Marshall producing another outstanding performance to finish just three seconds behind Caleb in 23:38.
Amongst the girls, Jessie Marshall was also a clear winner in 27:16 with Megan Hands in 2nd ( 28:17) and Amber Simons 3rd ( 30:09)
In the 7-10 racing bike category, Rory Fleming was a clear winner in 15:20 with Callum McFarlane 2nd in 15:41 and Gordon Smith 3rd in 15:59. Charlotte Millington ( 18:14) won the girls division ahead of Ayshalay Simons ( 18:26) and Somers Stevenson ( 19:43).
The Clarien Ironkids also has non racing bike categories which attracts less experienced triathletes and in the 7-10 category Sanchez Smith was the boys winner in 22.14, the same time as the girls winner Kelise Wade. In a very close girls’ race, Legend Stevenson was 2nd in 22:15 with Evans Wade 3rd in 22:17. Michael Madeiros and Cole Hefferman were 2nd and 3rd in the boys race.
The 11-15 non racing bike winner was Jaiden Furbert Jacobs in 33:04 with Sebastian Madeiros (36:33) edging out Max Laurence (36:37). Olivia Heffernan (40:36) was the first 11-15 girl ahead of Katherine Bean Rosario (40:54).
As usual, one of the highlights of the day at Clearwater Beach was the Tiny Tots race.