In his first major race since the Commonwealth Games, Tyler Butterfield went into today’s ( Sunday 3rd June) Raleigh Ironman 70.3 Triathlon as the defending champion. However, he was also nursing a leg injury which it would seem may have proved his downfall as he failed to finish despite lying in a promising 4th position off the bike just 3 minutes off the leader and eventual winner, Jackson Laundry of Canada.
Tyler exited the water in 5th position in 26:31 and consolidated his position near the front of the race with a 2:09:15 bike to enter T2 just 2 seconds off of third place.
Laundry’s relatively slow run time of just over 1 hr 20 mins suggests that Tyler, who usually runs around 5 to 6 minutes quicker than that time, might have caught him but it seems that he decided not to risk aggravating his injury which kept him out of the May 24th Bermuda Day Half Marathon.
Bermuda’s amateur age groupers had a mixed bunch of results in Raleighbut Alison Petty who was 8th in the womens’ 35-39 in 5 hrs 31 mins 25 secs, after the fastest swim in her age group, and Phil Mace (43), 10th in the mens 40-44 in 4:54:03 had excellent top 10 results.
Corey Brunton finished a solid 18th place in the mens 30-34 age group but will be disappointed to not break 5 hrs as he completed the course in 5:00:38.
Dianna White finished a respectable 27th out of 71 in the female 35-39 age group in 6:22:17.
Steve Petty was disqualified for an incomplete run course with no explanation as to what happened at press time and Neil Lupsic is shown as ” unlocated” although a quick EMail to him established that e was in a bar, presumably a nice one he passed on the run and therefore decided not to finish.