The popularity of Bermuda’s junior triathlon programme and a huge deal of talent was clearly in evidence at the AON Junior Triathlons last Sunday (28th October).
Unfortunately the race was slightly marred by two trucks towing horse trailers that slowed some competitors on the bike course. This disruption was not the fault of the drivers but clearly some thought needs to be given to which vehicles can access the course during racing.
As usual, competition was in two categories for each age group, racing bike and non racing bike (called mountain bike), which allows for fairer racing.
In the boys 7-10 mountain bike age group R.Shepherd was the winner ahead of S.Thompson and L.Hayward. Z. Lawrence was 1st in the girls 7-10.
In the Boys 7-10 racing bike category Harris Fleming started as a slight favorite and did not disappoint crossing the line first in 17:21. As expected there was a close battle for the other podium positions with Ramsay Soutter (17: 49) holding off Jacob Wright ( 17:58) with Jamie MacFarlane (18:01) just 3 seconds further back in 4th.
The girls 7-10 racing bike category was also closely contested with Marleigh Howes (19:20) holding of J.Grant (19:30) to take the win. K.Wade was 3rd in 22:04.
In the 11-12 mountain bike categories there was just one entrant with J D’Souza taking the boys’ title.
The 11-12 boys racing bike category again showcased some very talented juniors and as with the 7-10 boys category there were no surprises. Harlan Watson- Brown impressed winning by a good margin in 30:59. Behind Harlan Rory Fleming (31:35) held off Harlan’s brother Flyn (31:43) to take 2nd. Callum MacFarlane was 4th just 16 seconds back.
The girls 11-12 racing bike category featured Jasmine Hasselkuss who took home two gold medals in the recent CARIFTA Games, Daria Desmond, silver medalist in CARIFTA and Bella Howes, bronze medalist at CARIFTA. With Jasmine failing to finish, it was Daria who proved the strongest crossing the line in 31:54 with Bella 2nd in 34:32. Charlotte Millington, who dominated girls 7-10 age group racing last year, has just moved up to the 11-12 age group category and had a solid race to take 3rd.
Tommy Marshall, 4th at CARIFTA in the Aquathlon, is another of Bermuda’s rising junior triathlon stars and he took first place on Sunday in the boys 13-15 age group in 32:55. The consistent Enshe- Nico Davis was 2nd in 39:10.
Like her sister Jasmine, Zoe Hasselkuss started as a strong favorite in the girls 13-15 but she also failed to finish leaving the door open for Lianna Medeiros, 7th at CARIFTA and a relative newcomer to triathlon, to take the overall win in 39:48 ahead of Megan Hands.