There were no surprises today at the Aon National Sprint Triathlon Championships as Tucker Murphy and Karen Smith took the male and female national titles as 76 individual competitors took to the start line under humid conditions at Clearwater.
Photos below and at Bermuda Triathlon Photos link on this blog in LINKS section in next 48 hours.
Karl Wilson was the early men’s leader after the 750m swim (which appeared to be about 125 meters long) but was soon caught by a fast charging Murphy,veteran triathlete Kent Richardson, Mark Robinson and Matt Thompson. Richardson put in a blistering 20km bike (fastest by over a minute) to catch Murphy but only entered the bike to run transition with a slender lead and with Murphy much the stronger runner the writing was on the wall. Murphy moved into the lead on the first lap of the 5km run and was a comfortable winner in 1hr 7 mins and 1 sec. In an exciting finish Richardson and Robinson sprinted for the line with Richardson seeming to cross the line first but the official results show Robinson 1 sec ahead of Richardson with a time of 1hr 10 mins 21 secs. Thompson was a comfortable 4th.
The women’s race was predictable with nothing to chose between Smith and Laurie Orchard going into the run but Smith slowly pulled away on the run to win in 1 : 12 : 04 (5th overall) with Orchard 2nd in 1: 13:33 (6th overall). In another tense finish Belinda Castree held off a fast finishing Amber Mehta by 6 secs to take 3rd overall with Mehta in 4th.
Tyler Butterfield put together a strong performance in Nice today, Sunday 29th June, to finish 3rd overall. Butterfield trailed eventual winner Bart Aernouts by over 8 minutes after the bike and was not able to catch him on the run as Aernouts took the tape in 8 hrs 23 mins and 22 secs. Spain’s Victor DelCorral produced a blistering bike (2nd fastest) and run ( 2 hrs 42 mins 33 secs for the marathon run) to also catch Butterfield. Butterfield posted splits of 51 mins 53 secs, 4 hrs 54 mins 10 secs and 2hrs.49 mins 39 secs for the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run for a total time of 8 hrs 40 mins 56 secs.
Flora Duffy continued her preparation for the Commonwealth Games with a solid performance in the Chicago World Series Triathlon today, Saturday 28th June. In a very strong field that included most of the world’s top ranked Olympic distance triathletes, Duffy finished a creditable 18th out of 50 in a fast 1 hr, 59 mins and 45 secs for the 1500 m swim, 40km bike and 10km run after a long absence from this format of racing as her focus has been on XTerra races in recent months.
Duffy exited the water with the lead swimmers but will have been disappointed to miss an early break on the bike that saw her coming in to transition some 30 secs behind the lead group that included two very fast runners in Juri Ido of Japan and the UK’s Helen Jenkins. These two soon distanced the other early leaders but did not count on outstanding US triathlete Gwen Jorgensen making up a minute on them with a blistering 34.14 10km run to take her 3rd win of the year with Jenkins 2nd and Ido 3rd.Jorgensen finished in 1 hr 55 mins 34 secs.
Duffy’s splits were 21.01 swim , 58.48 bike and 38.23 run.
Meanwhile 13 year old Alex Pilgrim raced for the first time since starting at Bournemouth Collegiate School as a boarder a few weeks ago and finished a very creditable 5th out of 30 in the 13/14 draft legal Bowood Tri Stars Triathlon (provisional results only). Pilgrim completed the 400m swim ( closer to 500m according to dad Ian Pilgrim) in 8 min 25 secs, the 9km bike in 17 : 43 and the 2.5km run in 9:40 in a race that included an 800m hill run transition between the swim and bike. Fortunately the weather held off until the run when very heavy rain came down. The winning time was 35 mins 29 secs.
One of Bermuda’s exciting junior prospects, Alex Pilgrim, recently enrolled in Bournemouth Collegiate School where he is taking advantage of their inschool triathlon programme run by Bernie Shrosbree and his son Gregg. Bernie is a good friend of Steve Trew who has ofcourse been coming to Bermuda for many years for our junior summer triathlon camps.
I had the chance to ride with Alex a week ago when in the UK and he seems to be settling in well.
This weekend Alex will be able to match himself against some top UK juniors as he competes in the inter regional qualifier for the South West Region in the TriStars age group (13-14) draft legal race. The first 3 boys and girls qualify for the Inter Regional championships in Nottingham the 3rd week in August. Then On Sunday 6 July he competes in a 13-14 draft legal race at Eton Dorney in the UK before flying back to Bermuda for his summer vacation.
Alex’s results will be posted here but you can get more information on his races by clicking on the links below :
As already reported, Flora Duffy races ITU World Series Chicago tomorrow, Tyler Butterfield races IM France in Nice on Sunday and on the local scene Sunday sees the AON National Sprint Triathlon Champs. But THERE’S MORE !!
Pauline Green jumps in at the deep end on Sunday, after basically starting triathlon at the Beginner’s camp in January of this year, as she and her son and daughter take on Ironman Austria. Quite a challenge after just a few months in the sport. Pauline and her children Will and Jess have been coached for the event by B78 coach Jasper Blake and are looking to raise GBP5000 for the Claire House Children’s Hospice.
Meanwhile, a continent away, Neil Lupsic (who was an impressive 5th in the Catlin National Olympic Distance Triathlon), Seamus Fearon nd Brian Drea will join former Bermuda residents Barry Murphy and Daniel DeGiorgio in Atlantic City for the Atlantic City Challenge Triathlon, which is basically over the Ironman distance.
And in Chicago, Steve Petty and Patty Petty will get the chance to watch Flora Duffy race as Steve will compete in the age group Olympic distance event and Patty continues her leading role with the ITU as the assistant Technical Director for the event.
You can get results and more at the following link :
Tyler Butterfield starts as one of the favorites for this Sunday’s Ironman France in Nice. Nice is one of the oldest races on the calendar and steeped in history. Who can forget Mark Allen’s dominance of the race in the 1980’s.The bike course through the foothills of the Alps has 5000 feet of climbing in it and passes through picturesque villages. The finish along Nice’s waterfront is one of the most iconic in triathlon.
To follow Tyler’s progress on Sunday go to the following link and go to the athlete tracker or the Twitter feed which will give updates on the leaders.