NAME YOUR TOP SEVEN MEN AND WOMEN FINISHERS IN TOMORROW’S AON NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AND HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN

For a $5 entry fee you have the chance to win a gift voucher to Sportseller. The voucher will be for 50% of money raised in entry fees with the other 50% going to the BTA for juniors.

COMPETITION :

Send me an EMail to dm@uptonmanagement.com naming your top seven men and top seven women in finishing order in tomorrow’s AON Sprint Triathlon Championships.

You will get 2 points if you name an athlete in his / her exact finishing position and 1 point if you name an athlete in the the top seven but in an incorrect finishing position.

You can change your entry by EMail only to me up to 10 minutes before the start of the senior race.

You might find useful my recent blog post previewing the race.

To see entry lists go to this link :  https://www.racedayworld.com/Race/BM/SouthSide/AONNationalSprintTriathlon

To make the competition fair, any entries to the race NOT shown on the racedayworld.com website by 5PM on Saturday 27th October 2018 will not count in the competition. So, for example, if late entries are allowed after that deadline and someone who enters after that deadline finishes in the top seven male or female competitors their result for this competition will be considered null and void. So, for example, if A.N. Other finishes 4th female and was not registered by 5PM on Saturday 27th October 2018 then the 5th to 8th female finishers will be considered the 4th to 7th finishers for this competition.

The winner will be the person who gets the most points ( male and female finishers combined).

Entry fees (exact cash) in cash should be handed to Dave Morrison at the race or put into an envelope at Bicycle Works for the attention of Dave Morrison by no later than Saturday 3rd November 2018 please. ‘

If you send an EMail to dm@uptonmanagement.com as an entry then that EMail is your commitment to pay your $5 entry fee.

Only one entry per individual is permitted.

In the event of a tie a draw will be made to determine the winner from the tied entries.

Full results will be published on this blog in the week commencing 29th October 2018.

AON JUNIOR TRIATHLONS TO FEATURE SOME OF BERMUDA’S OUTSTANDING JUNIORS

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MANY OF BERMUDA’S CARIFTA GAMES JUNIORS WILL BE COMPETING ON SUNDAY AT THE AON  JUNIOR TRIATHLONS

This Sunday’s AON Junior Triathlons is primarily about fun and participation but it will also give an opportunity to showcase a number of Bermuda’s very promising juniors, including those juniors who participated at the recent CARIFTA Games.

The Boys 7-10 racing bike category should see a very close race with Harris Fleming a slight favorite over  Jamie McFarlane with Jacob Wright and Ramsay Soutter also likely to be in contention for a podium position.

The Girls 7-10 is likely to be contested between Ella Shepherd and Marleigh Howes with J.Grant and Kelise Wade battling out for the other podium position.

Jasmine Hasselkuss, the winner of two gold medals at CARIFTA will start as a strong favorite in the girls 11-12 with Bella Howes, a bronze medallist at CARIFTA, and Daria Desmond, 4th in the Aquathlon at CARIFTA, likely to take the other podium positions. However, watch out also for Charlotte Millington, who has moved up to the 11-12 age group category and was an outstanding in 7-10 age group racing.

Rory Fleming , 4th at CARIFTA Games, and Callum MacFarlane, 9th at CARIFTA , along with Harlan Watson-Brown will most likely battle it out for podium positions in what should be a very close race. Flyn Watson-Brown is another one to watch.

The 13-15 age group will feature six of Bermuda’s team at CARIFTA.

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TOMMY MARSHALL

Tommy Marshall was 4th in the Aquathlon at CARIFTA just missing out on a bronze medal,and is one of the island’s most exciting junior prospects. Enshe-Nico Davis finished 18th and 24th in CARIFTA.

The girls 13-15 age group favorite will be Zoe Hasselkus, who was 4th at CARIFTA with Liana Medeiros (7th at CARIFTA) likely to podium with Amber Simons and Megan Hands looking to take the other podium spot.

Bermuda girls Carifta 2018

 

AON NATIONAL SPRINT TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS SET TO PRODUCE SOME CLOSE RACING

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The main event is the senior national championships over 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run for individuals and teams with overall and age group honours up for grabs.

There will also be junior races for ages 7 to 15 over various age distances for age groups 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-15 and a Tri a Tri for adults over 200m swim, 5km bike and 1km run aimed at Beginners.

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MADDIE DURKIN

With Ashley Couper sidelined with a niggling achilles injury and Karen Smith, last year’s winner, resting up after her 7th place finish in Kona, Maddie Durkin will start as a strong favorite to collect her first national title. Maddie showed in the Tokio Millenium Triathlon, where she led off the bike, that she has developed into a strong contender for national titles. Her nearest challengers could well be Amber Mehta who had an impressive race in the age group sprint event at the ITU World Cup Bermuda in April and Louise Wells who was 3rd behind Maddie in the Tokio Millenium Re Triathlon.

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ALAN POTTS

 

The men’s race should be a very closely contested affair with defending champion Alan Potts facing a stiff challenge from Phil Mace, 2nd behind Australian professional triathlete Adsy Gordon at the Tokio Millenium Re Triathlon in which Alan was 3rd. Alan was 44 seconds behind Phil in that race. Another one to watch will be Corey Brunton who was just 5 seconds behind Alan in Tokio. Geoff Smith is nursing an injury so may well not complete the race but should be one of the early leaders into T2. However, the biggest threat on Sunday could well come from youngsters Nick Pilgrim and Caleb Ingham. The AON National Sprint Championships has often proved to be the breakthrough race for up and coming junior triathletes. Caleb could well content for a top 3 finish but don’t be surprised to see Nick Pilgrim on top of the podium on Sunday.

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NICK PILGRIM (FOREFRONT OF PICTURE) AND CALEB INGHAM (JUST BEHIND NICK) WILL BE LOOKING FOR BREAKTHROUGH RACES ON SUNDAY

 

 

Erica Hawley 39th and Tyler Smith 41st at Salinas World Cup Triathlon in Ecuador today

In closely fought races today, Tyler Smith and Erica Hawley produced solid enough results over the sprint distance world cup of 750 meter swim, 20km bike and 5km run.

In both the male and female events there was little to separate two large groups of athletes coming into T2 and in the end it came down to who had the fastest run.

Erica was well placed after a 9 min 49 secs swim that saw her enter T1 with a large group of athletes. She then matched the pace of the large leading pack to enter T2. Erica’s run time of 18 min 33 secs was respectable but the top 27 competitors all went under 18 mins.

Erica’s finishing time of 1hr 00 mins 24 secs left her just 1 minute off a top ten finish as in this shorter racing there are fine margins between competitors. Overall though the University of Boulder student can take confidence from this race.

Meanwhile Tyler Smith’s race followed a similar pattern, as he too emerged from the water with a large group in a time of 9 mins 09 secs and then rode the 20km in 27 min 22 mins to enter T2 with a large group just 20 secs short of the leading group. Once again the run proved decisive as the winner, David Castro of Spain, ran 14min 31 secs with Tyler clocking 15 min 44 secs to finish in exactly 54 mins overall. Tyler was just over 1 min out of a top 10 finish.

With so many athletes seemingly evenly matched now on the swim and bike, run times are proving crucial and it will take run times of around 17 min 30 secs ( Erica) and 15 mins flat (Tyler) if they are to be in contention for top ten finishing at this level of competition.

Karen Smith 7th at Ironman World Championships 2018

For most triathletes at the Ironman World Championships a top 10 finish in your age group is quite an accomplishment, but for Karen Smith, who has won her age group and finished 3rd ( as well as other top ten finishes) at these championships, anything less than a podium this year was always going to be below her expectations.

Going into the race Karen looked lean and well prepared and had a quiet confidence and a podium place looked well in her grasp.

Karen produced her fastest swim in these championships with a 1 hr 5 min 56 sec clocking for the 4km . She then kept pace with the leading group of cyclists in her 50-54 age group to finish the bike in again her fastest time in this event, 5 hrs 18 mins 56 secs, and in 3rd place. Feeling strong going into the run she was confident of at least a top 3 finish but she could not have anticipated the stomach troubles that beset her after the first few kilometers of the run which got progressively worse and in the end left her unable to hold down nutrition and forced her to walk. Karen’s final run time of 4 hrs 29 mins 12 secs was well below her expected time of between 3 hrs 30 mins to 3 hrs 40 mins which would have given her 2nd or 3rd place on the day. Her finishing time of 11 01 43 was good enough for 7th place out of 69 competitors in her age group but left Karen wondering what might have been.

I wouldn’t surprised if Karen is at the starting line next year.

TYLER BUTTERFIELD 31st OVERALL AT IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

Last Saturday 13th October I was privileged to once again be in Kona for one of the most iconic sporting events of the year, the Ironman World Championships, to support Karen Smith and Tyler Butterfield.

Leading up to these championships Tyler had produced some solid results which must have given him confidence going into this year’s event. Tyler exited the 4km swim in 50 mins 27 secs and was well positioned on the bike with a group of strong cyclists towards the front of the race.

Holding the pace with the group of athletes around you is critical in this event but there is a fine line between riding in a group and being penalised for drafting. Often marshalls will pick riders from a group fairly randomly when others in the group are also drafting. In the end Tyler was oe of three in his group that got penalised 5 minutes and crotically that penalty has to be served out on the bike course which meant that Tyler lost touch with the group. That meant that realistically his chances of a top 10 finish were gone and despite a very respectable ride of 4 hrs 31 mins 27 secs bike time it did not match the times between 4 hr 16 and 4 hr 20 of the group.

Tyler looked very relaxed on the run ( chatting with spectators and other competitors) and (although he might dispute this) looked like had he been in the mix for a top ten finish of the bike that he could have produced an even faster run than the 3hrs 3 mins 58 secs. In the end his time of 8 hrs 30 mins 38 secs ( 29th male professional) left me wondering what might have been had he not incurred that bike penalty.

I hope that Tyler feels that he has some unfinished business in Kona.

HASSELKUS TAKES 2ND GOLD MEDAL AND DESMOND SILVER AS BERMUDA FINISH 2ND OVERALL NATION AT THE 2018 CARIFTA GAMES TRIATHLON / AQUATHLON

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BERMUDA’S TEAM WITH TEAM MANAGER IAN PILGRIM READY FOR DAY TWO OF ACTION AT THE CARIFTA TRIATHLON / AQUATHLON GAMES . JASMIN HASSELKUS WHO WON TWO GOLD MEDALS IS 2ND FROM THE RIGHT

Rough seas and rip currents meant that on day two of the Carifta Games all but the 16-19 aquathlon ( swim / run) age group events had to be reduced to a run only. This decision affected a number of the Bermuda team which contained some strong swimmers who might well have medalled had the swim gone ahead. However the team did not disappoint.

Leading the way again was Jasmin Hasselkus with the already very highly rated youngster taking her second gold medal of these championships in the girls 11-12 age category. Having posted the fastest run in winning yesterday’s 11-12 girls triathlon, Jasmin started the run as a clear favorite and she held off the competition in a tight finish to win the 1.25km in 4 min 42 seconds just two seconds ahead of Annh Noyon of Guadaloupe. Bermuda’s Daria Desmond became Bermuda’s second medallist of the day as she finished a further second back to take the bronze medal.

The cancellation of the swim was very disappointing for Taylor White and Myeisha Sharrieff who had trained hard just for for the aquathlon, but they shook off the disappointment and threw themselves into it.

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NICK PILGRIM AND TOMMY MARSHALL IN ACTION TODAY IN THE AQUATHLON WHICH WAS REDUCED TO A RUN ONLY. NICK, AFTER YESTERDAY’S GOLD IN THE TRIATHLON, WAS 7TH WHILST TOMMY FINISHED 4TH.

Tommy Marshall profited from the run only format to narrowly miss out in the boys 13-15 run over 3.75km finishing 4th.

Bermuda came an impressive second in the overall team category with 43 points, after a very strong Guadalupe team with 100 points, with Trinidad and Tobago 3rd with 23 points. Considering the Bermuda team had no participants in the 16-19 triathlon and no males in the 16-19 aquathlon, it was a very strong performance and bodes very well for the future. There were 12 countries competing.

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BERMUDA’S TEAM CAPTAINS ASHLEY IRBY, WHO WON A SILVER MEDAL, AND NICK PILGRIM WHO WON GOLD, RECEIVE THE FIRST RUNNER UP TEAM TROPHY ( SILVER MEDAL) AS THE 2018 CARIFTA GAMES TRIATHLON AND AQUATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS CONCLUDED TODAY

Results as follows:

11-12 Girls:

1st – Jasmin Hasselkuss
3rd – Daria Desmond
11th – Bella Howes
14th – Fenella Wightman
18th – Ava Gabai-Maiato

11-12 Boys:

7th – Rory Fleming
10th – Callum MacFarlane

13-15 Girls

5th – Taylor White
6th Zoe Hasselkuss
10th – Liana Medeiros
12th – Myeisha Sharrieff
15th – Amber Simons

13-15 Boys

4th – Tommy Marshall
6th – Nick Pilgrim
9th – Caleb Ingham
16th – Brian Desmond
18th – Nico Davis

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BERMUDA’S FIRST RUNNER UP TEAM TROPHY AT THE 2018 CARIFTA TRIATHLONS AND AQUATHLONS THAT ENDED TODAY IN TOBAGO

Bermuda came second in the overall team category with 43 points, after a very strong Guadalupe team with 100 points, with Trinidad and Tobago 3rd with 23 points. Considering the Bermuda team had no participants in the 16-19 triathlon and no males in the 16-19 aquathlon, it was a very strong performance and bodes very well for the future. There were 12 countries competing.