Defending champion Maddie Durkin and 2017 winner Alan Potts took the overall female and male titles today at Clearwater Beach in the 2019 AON Bermuda National Sprint Triathlon Championships today.
Alan was made to work hard for the win by Geoff Smith,Byron Renken and Matt Thompson . Geoff was the early leader out of the 750m choppy swim in 12:51 with Byron and Matt exiting the water in 13 min 34 secs with Alan almost 1 1/2 minutes back in 15 minutes. After a poor transition Alan lost a further 30 secs going into the bike.
Maddie as expected was the early women’s leader out of the swim in 13:40 with last year’s runner up Louise Wells back in 16 mins. Maddie showed just how much she continues to improve with a quick 32:19 bike to further extend her lead over Louise despite Louise posted a strong 33:33 bike leg. Christine Dailey, who led Louise by 1 1/2 minutes after a 14:16 swim was unable to hold off Louise on the bike despite posting a respectable 35:34 bike time.
Geoff used his renowned cycling ability in the blustery conditions to pull away on the 20km bike with a 30 min 33 sec clocking leaving T2 for the 5km run with a lead of over 2 minutes over close friend Matt. Geoff was to be cruelly denied the win as a recurring calf injury saw him having to pull out on the run.
Meanwhile Matt (31:46)opened up a minute lead on Byron (32:39) and a charging Alan (30:40) going into T2 but was unable to hold off Byron and Alan on the run. In the end Alan (19:07) managed to pull away from Byron (19:36) on the run to win in 1 hr 06 mins 09 secs with Byron crossing the line in 1:06:38 for 2nd and Matt, with a 21:06 run 3rd in 1:07:17.
With a lead of over 3 1/2 minutes Maddie was not going to be caught and finished 6th overall in 1:08:07 with a 21:26 run. Louise narrowed the gap with a 20:46 run to finish in 1:11:13 with Christine third in 1:12:51 after a 21:58 run.
There were impressive performances in the 60+ age group with Kent Richardson finishing 7th overall in 1:11:10 and the remarkable 69 year old Charlie Duffy crossing the line in 1:24:23. However in the battle of the spouses Maria Duffy had the edge as the 67 year old Maria finished just 24 seconds ahead of Charlie in 1:24:23 to take 60+ women’s honours. Now we just need Flora to take her 5th XTerrra World Championship title later today ( watch live streaming on Triathlonlive.tv).
The first team over the line was the team of Brian Desmond, Nicholas and Alex Pilgrim in 1:03:06 to win the men’s team division. AON (Eileen Mullowney, Brian Lynch and Edwin Kariuki) were appropriately the company team winners in 1:16:19. Caroline Wright and Jen Lightbourne overcame their recent Ironman 70.3 race fatigue to team up with runner Erica McArthur to take female team honours in 1:13:31. Cora Lee Starzomski, and Toby and Bella Wright were the mixed team winners in 1:06:20.