JUNIOR CAMP AND ADULT TRIATHLON COACH TRAINING WITH UK’s JACK MAITLAND

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UK Coach – Jack Maitland – Junior Camp & Coaching
Jack Maitland, coming to us from the UK, will be conducting a Junior Camp during the week of October 21st (school mid term) and “Coach the Coach” sessions during the week in the early evenings.
Junior Camp HALF DAYS Mornings:
Mon 21st / Tues 22nd – NSC North Field
Wed 23rd / Thurs 24th – NSC Swimming Pool
Fri 25th – BTA Shed, Clearwater ending with a lunchtime BBQ
FEE: $150.00
Registration Contact: Caroline Wright
Adult/Parent Coaching Sessions: FREE
Mon 21st – Thurs 24th Evenings: 6pm – 7:30pm
Location: BOA, Ground Floor, Belvedere Bldg (Opposite Waterloo House)
Registration Contact: Caroline Wright
Jack comes to us highly recommended by British Triathlon. He ran the Leeds Center of Excellence and coached the Brownlee brothers for a number of years. He is now applying his expertise to developing more coaches around the world. You can visit his website at http://www.britishtriathlon.org Jack Maitland.

KAREN SMITH 4TH IN KONA

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KAREN SMITH ON ALII DRIVE AT MILE TWO ON THE RUN AT YESTERDAY’S IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019.

Karen Smith had to draw on all of her experience yesterday as she battled pain and tough conditions to record an impressive 4th place finish in the female 50-54 age group at the Ironman World Championships in Kona yesterday (Saturday 12th October).

After an excellent swim in rolling waves Karen exited the water 2nd in her age group in 1:06:48  in a tightly bunched field. German Beate Goertz, the strong favorite in this age group, wasted no time in distancing herself from the competition as she averaged an incredible 22.33 miles per hour for the 180km bike despite climbing temperatures and the usual tough headwinds in the 20 miles before the turn back to Kona. Karen quickly lost places on the bike after two stops to check on noise from her bike but on the return portion she moved her way back up into contention finishing with a 5:37:19 time going into the run.

However, over the past couple of years Karen has been suffering with a foot condition that causes swelling and pinching of the nerves and the problem was aggravated on the bike resulting in a long T2 to ice her feet. Despite the pain Karen began to work her up up the field from 6th into 4th but was just unable to reel in former Canadian professional Y Timewell who finished in 10hrs 40 mins 45 secs with Karen just 2 minutes back in 10 :42;54 despite getting to within 55 secs of Timewell despite suffering cramps. Goerta posted an extraordinary 9 hr 46 mins 02 secs, the 9th fastest female amateur time (!!!!) to take the age group win.

Karen posted a 3;47:27 marathon. Altogether a gutsy performance.

The overall women’s winner was Germany’s Anne Haug who blitzed the run course to catch Lucy Charles, who recorded another 2nd place finish after repassing Australian Sarah Crowley who faded late in the race but hung on for 3rd.

Jan Frodeno after suffering muscle problems two years ago and sitting out last year after a stress fracture recorded his 3rd overall mens victory as the anticipated challenge from the 2017 and 2018 winner and course record holder Justin Lange and first time IM World Champ participant Alistair Brownlee did not materialise. Lange pulled out early on the bike due to developing a fever overnight and Brownlee faded to 21st in the stiffling Kona heat that took its toll on a number of the top men including Canada’s Lionel Sanders and Scotland’s David MacNamee who were expecting to be challenging for a podium spot. The USA’s Tim O’Donnell was a popular if unexpected 2nd after battling injuries for a couple of years with the consistent Sebastien Kienle in 3rd.

Brunton and Cooper crowned AXA National Champions

Corey Brunton and Ashley Cooper held off spirited challenges and windy conditions on Sunday at Clearwater Beach to be crowned the AXA Bermuda National Olympic (standard ) Triathlon Champions for 2019.

Brunton got off to a strong start as he posted the quickest swim time (26:04) for the 1500 meter choppy swim emerging from the water with women’s leader Maddie Durkin (26:06).

Brunton entered T1 with almost a minute lead over nearest rival Matt Thompson with Alex Krononberg almost 3 minutes adrift. Matt and Alex however wasted no time over the 40km bike in eating into Corey’s lead with all three contenders separated by around a minute into T2, Alex posting the fastest bike of the day in 1:05:13.

Meamwhile Maddie entered T1 with nearly 1 1/2 minutes over Ashley  and added a further 1 1/2 minutes to her lead on the bike going into the run with Louise Wells producing a strong bike leg to close down Ashley.

In the end Corey and Ashley’s strong running ability told as they both produced 10km runs under 42 minutes, winning comfortably in the end. Maddy had enough of a cushion to hold off Louise Wells for 2nd place. Alex and Matt were meanwhile involved in a real battle for the remaining podium spots with Alex catching Matt on the run to edge him by just 13 seconds.

The strength of the women’s field was evident as Ashley (4th), Maddie (5th), Louise (6) and Becci Shepherd (10th) all finished in the top ten.

Visitor Nigel Cox was first across the line in the 60+ age group in an impressive time of 2:48:26 with Charlie Duffy ,at 69, also impressive with a time of 3:03:25

Full results at BermudaTiming.bm