Although Flora Duffy rightly stole the limelight on Saturday, there were also some great performance by Bermuda’s age group triathletes who earlier in the day had the opportunity to race in the age group standard distance and sprint distance races.For all of them, experienced and beginner triathletes alike, the chance to race on large parts of the same course as the professional triathletes and to finish on the blue carpet under the ITU finish banner was an experience that they will not forget.
Bermuda’s age groupers acquitted themselves well with Ashley Couper leading the way over the Standard Distance with an impressive overall win amongst the women in 2hrs 19 mins and 55 secs for the 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run. Ashley also took overall 40-49 age group honours.
Phil Mace was equally impressive in the men’s Standard Distance crossing the line in 2.12.35 to take 2nd overall and first place in the men’s 40-49 age group.
Other podium results for the Standard Distance :
Karen Smith 1st Female 50-59 Geoff Smith 1st Male 50-59
William Green 2nd Male 17-29 Evan Naude 2nd Male 40-49
Alan Potts 3rd Male 30-39
In the sprint distance outstanding Bermuda juniors Nick Pilgrim and Caleb Ingham along with the experienced Tucker Murphy all finished in the top four overall with Tucker Murphy winning his men’s 30-39 age group in 1:09:48, good enough for 3rd overall.
Nick Pilgrim (1:09:09) was 2nd overall and 2nd in the men’s 17-29 age group behind only Dallas Handy of the USA (1:08:06) who has a personal best over this distance of 53 minutes ! Caleb was 3rd in the age group and 4th overall in 1:11:17.
Maria Duffy, not to be outdone by her daughter, won the women’s 60-69 age group in 1:32:34.
Other Sprint Distance podium finishes :
Sharon Craig 1st 50-59 Neil de ste Croix 1st 50-59
Amber Mehta 2nd 40-49 Kent Richardson 2nd 50-59
Cora Lee Starzomski 3rd 40-49
Former Bermuda resident Pauline Green was 2nd in the women’s 50-59 age group over the Standard Distance.
There may have been other podium finishes by Bermuda residents so please point them out to me if I have omitted anyone.
For full results go to : http://www.bermudatiming.bm