A GOOD TURN OUT FOR THE 2019 LABOUR DAY HOME EVENT

Labor Day Home Event
THERE WAS A GOOD TURN OUT FOR THE 2019 LABOUR DAY TRIATHLON

Harrington Sound was the venue today for the BTA’s Labour Day Triathlon which attracted young and old, the majority doing the full course but a number of competitors opting to do part of the course.

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LAURA BURNS – FILE PHOTO

On a warm and breezy day competitors got underway at 8AM and it was Geoff Smith who imposed himself on the field with a fast swim and he led the race from start to finish. Laura Burns ( formerly Norman) was the first lady home in 7th overall.

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GEOFF SMITH -FILE PHOTO

Thanks to Ian and Charlie Pilgrim for their organisation of the event and results

Full results

Bermuda Triathlon Association
Labour Day Home Event – 2 Sept 2019

Approximate Sprint Distance (700m swim; 18K bike – 4.6K run)

Swim Bike Run Total
Geoff Smith 11.24 29.44 20.06 1.01.16
Steve Smith 12.25 29.55 20.23 1.02.43
Will Green 13.05 33.18 20.36 1.06.05
Vivencio Jong 14.27 32.00 20.44 1.07.11
Neil Burt 13.08 35.10 20.16 1.08.25
Tim Patterson 12.55 34.47 21.26 1.09.08
Laura Burns 11.56 36.38 20.54 1.09.28
Liz Stewart 14.22 34.09 23.20 1.11.52
Steve O’Reilly 14.47 34.08 23.32 1.12.27
Jenn Wilson 14.03 36.09 22.41 1.12.53
Jennie Lightbourne 13.00 36.24 24.10 1.13.34
Dustin Luck 16.24 36.55 21.33 1.14.52
Caroline Black 11.34 36.31 27.26 1.15.31
Jeremy Shrubb 14.07 38.33 23.22 1.16.02
Connor Burns 11.24 38.33 26.46 1.16.43
Christine Da Costa 15.09 42.39 24.11 1.16.59
Dirk Hasselkuss 14.56 36.51 25.21 1.17.08
Jesse Sheppard 11.47 44.20 22.45 1.18.52
Lucy Parker 17.02 39.07 23.11 1.19.20
Pauline Green 16.20 40.31 25.25 1.22.16
Claire McDevitt 17.58 37.32 27.25 1.22.55
Carolyn Conway 16.15 41.02 27.39 1.24.56
Kevin Stokes 13.33 40.58 30.39 1.25.19

700m swim; 18K bike; 2K run (Devil’s Hole run)

Ben Lau 15.00 42.47 14.56 1.12.43
Duncan Scott 15.06 42.4 14.58 1.12.44
Jessica Green 18.15 46.42 18.38 1.23.35

700m swim; 12K bike (Swizzle Inn); 4.6K run

Arthur Wightman 13.21 28.08 22.57 1.04.26
Matt Thompson 13.06 32.22 21.32 1.07.00

700m Swim; 12K bike (Swizzle Inn); 2K run (Devil’s Hole)

Nell Wightman 13.18 28.10 11.15 52.43
Ethan Thompson 13.15 32.21 15.29 1.01.05

12K bike (Swizzle Inn); 2K run (Devil’s Hole)

Jake Smith 31.32 16.27 1.01.05

700m Swim; 4.6K run

Myeisha Sharrieff 11.29 32.24 43.53

700m Swim; 2K run (Devil’s Hole)

Zoe Hasselkuss 12.12 12.36 24.48

BERMUDA REPRESENTED AT 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Nice in France has for many years been one of the world’s iconic venues for long distance triathlons and its Ironman triathlon is one of the oldest and most respected races on the Ironman circuit noted for its hilly bike course.’

It is a surprise therefore that the city has not previously hosted a world championship Ironman event. All that will be put right though on September 7th when Nice hosts the 2019 Half Ironman (70.3) World Championships.

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Louise Wells placed a creditable 26th out of 182 starters in her age group in last year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championships

And Bermuda will once again be represented at these championships as four of Bermuda’s best age group triathletes will be on the start line. To get to Nice Bermuda’s Karen Smith,Louise Wells, Cory Bruton (last year’s best newcomer triathlete at the BTA awards) and the irepressable Kent Richardson ( now in the 60-64 age group) had to qualify with a top finish at an Ironman 70.3 qualifying race, no mean feat as it requires a top placing to have any chance of getting to Nice. Corey Bruton qualified at Chatanooga 70.3 (9th mens 30-34) , Louise at St. George, Utah 70.3 (5th 45-49 ) and Karen (1st 50-54) and Kent 1st in 60-64) at Puerto Rico 70.3

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KAREN SMITH, SEEN HERE ENTERING TRANSITION IN THE 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, WILL BE COMPETING FOR THE 5TH TIME IN THIS EVENT

Karen Smith, a multiple  times Bermuda national champion, has shown that she can compete at this level having previously won her age group at the full Ironman World Championships. Karen will carry perhaps Bermuda’s best hopes of a medal in Nice as she has consistently been either on the podium or been close to a podium spot in major championships and carries good form into these championships. Karen has also had some strong showings previously in these championships having finished 2nd in 2008, 18th in 2012, 8th in 2014 and 16th in 2017. Karen is using this event as part of her preparation for the full Ironman World Championships in Kona in 6 weeks time but will no doubt still be competitive in her age group.

For Louise these championships will be her second having finished a creditable 26th out of 182 in her age group at the 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Champs in South Africa so she will carry that experience into this race.

Kent has also previously competed at these championships some years ago in Clearwater, Florida where he finished in the top ten in his age group. Whilst the 60-64 age group might seem an easier age group to place well, the growing popularity if triathlon means that he will still face some tough competition in Nice but he should still place well if all goes well as it did in Puerto Rico.

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KENT RICHARDSON WILL ONCE AGAIN BE REPRESENTING BERMUDA IN A MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Corey has developed into one of the island’s leading triathletes and although he might be the least experienced of the four, he had improved in leaps and bounds and whilst in a tough age group he will no doubt be looking forward to the challenge.

All four will be lining up against the best age groupers from around the world but all four have shown that they belong in that company. We look forward with great anticipation to their results this coming weekend.

For more go to http://www.ironman.com where you can follow their progress on the result tracker which shows their progress in the race.

ALL EYES ON FLORA

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FLORA  DUFFY SEEN WINNING ITU WORLD SERIES LEEDS IN 2017. HER MANY FANS AROUND THE WORLD WILL BE HOPING FOR A SIMILAR OUTCOME THIS WEEKEND.

After a lengthy injury layoff  and with many of her loyal followers worrying about her triathlon future, Flora Duffy made a spectacular return to ITU World Series racing  at the Japan Olympic test event this month with a typically bold performance that must have put fear into her rivals before next year’s Olympics and delighted her many followers in Bermuda and around the world. Flora’s 3rd place finish ( changed to 1st after a bizarre disqualification of Brits Learmoth and Taylor-Brown) after such a lengthy layoff from running was once again a testament to her iron will. Nothing other than first place is good enough for her but she will take huge encouragement from her comeback race and in particular in the way she was able to drop all but a handful of her competitors on the bike.

It’s always dangerous to rule out Flora in any race but with the longer distance on the run in Sunday’s ITU World Series Grand Final, Flora will likely need to once again split the field on the bike into a small lead group if  she is to podium. At this stage of her recovery runners like Vicky Holland and Katie Zaferes ( if fully recovered) may be a little too strong for her on the longer run if they exit T2 with the lead group.

In Japan Flora was unable to deliver her textbook plan by leading out of the water with Jessica Learmoth but a superb bike leg gave her the cushion she needed to ensure a podium. If Flora and Jessica had exited the water together then they might well have broken the field long before the run. Whether Flora’s swim is at 100% yet remains to be seen but with the tough hill on the Lausanne bike course, the bike leg may be enough for her to distance all but a few of the strongest cyclists even if the swim doesn’t narrow the lead bike group down. However, if Flora and Learmoth and perhaps one or two others get out of T1 with a 20 second lead onto the bike then there is no doubt that Flora could be on the podium, and perhaps even on the top step, this weekend.

With the 2020 Olympics now Flora’s sole key goal her build up to that event will be carefully planned and regardless of the result this weekend her performance in Japan will have shown her that she is back on the right track for 2020.

 

BERMUDA REPRESENTED AT ITU GRAND FINAL AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS

Alec and Becky Shepherd, Lea and Stuart Osborne and Alan Potts will be Bermuda’s representatives at this weekend’s age group  world championships in Lausanne , Switzerland this weekend.

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Alan Potts – seen here racing in Bermuda.

Becky will line up in the female standard distance 45-49 championships with husband Alec and Alan in the men’s standard distance.

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Alec and Becky Shepherd – file photo

Lea Osborne races in the women’s sprint distance 60-64 age group whilst husband Stuart will represent Bermuda in the men’s 65-69 standard distance age group.

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Not the first time Stuart has represented Bermuda

The sprint age group race gets underway at 7.15 Lausanne time on Saturday 31st August which is 2:15 AM Bermuda time. The standard distance race starts on Sunday 1st September at 7:15 AM Lausanne time which is ofcourse also 2:15 AM Bermuda time

 

 

MONDAY IS LABOUR DAY HOME EVENT

The long standing and popular Bermuda Labour Day home event takes place this Monday 2nd September at 8AM at Harrington Sound School Dock. Distances are approximately the sprint triathlon distances.

Feel free to do as a team or just part of the event or shorter distances.

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Cora Lee was first out of the water

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