Nick Pilgrim and Caleb Ingham continued their excellent performances in a US Youth Elite Triathlon race today as they took 4th and 23rd place respectively out of 80 starters in the East Coast Triathlon in Richmond, Virginia.
Both Bermuda juniors got off to a solid start emerging from the 375 meter swim in 4 min 51 sec ( Caleb – 2nd) and 4 min 53 secs (Nick – 3rd) just a few seconds behind the lead swimmer.
Jack Larkin who came out of the water in 4:55 set a hard pace to follow on the bike with a 14:12 split for the 10km two lap course with Eli Hopenfeld joining him into T2 with a 14:02 split.
Behind them a small group entered T2 that included Nick who posted a 14:33 split. Caleb fell off the lead pace on the bike with a 15:21 split.
In Nick’s group, Ethan Nordman distanced Nick and and two others on the 2.5km run and in an exciting finish just caught Larkin at the line to win by one second in 29:38 with a 8:42 run. Andrew Flynn (8:49 run – 29:45 finish)) held off Nick by just 10 seconds for the final podium as Nick finished in 29:45 with a 8:57 run.
Caleb finished with a solid 10:14 run for a total time of 32:06.
The event was run by Endorphin Fitness, the coaching firm that coaches both Bermuda juniors.
Caleb has already results of 13th (Clermont F1 Youth Elite) and 14th (Sarasota Youth Elite) with Nick finishing in 2nd in Clermont and 10th in Sarasota.
Nick was also 2nd overall and Caleb 4th overall in last weekend’s MS Amlin World Cup age group sprint triathlon.
Nick was also first overall in the recent Good Friday Triathlon in Bermuda competing against an adult field.
The two 15 year olds ( Caleb turned fifteen today, Sunday 6th May) continue to impress as they take on many of the USA’s best youth elite athletes.