Bermuda Triathlon Association - Argo Re Summer Series – 18 September 2014

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I spent half of the afternoon stressing about whether or not to cancel tonight’s event. became my best friend. I pored over the radar imagery, estimating wind speeds and projecting when thunderstorms would pass the island. In the end, I decided to go ahead. What was all the fuss about? There wasn’t a hint of rain. Until I got 2km from home after the event. But that’s my problem.

Not surprisingly, given the weather, we had the smallest field of the season–but it was a strong one. Experienced triathlete–and former President of the BTA–Neil de Ste Croix was the winner. Derek Atkins pushed him close until Neil pulled away during the run. Last week’s winner, Romar Douglas, again showed strongly in third place.

Jennie Lightbourne was this week’s leading lady, cheered home by proud youngster Lucas. Jennie is showing the benefits of having upgraded Betsy the Bike early in the season. Sarah Farr was a newcomer to the podium in second. Marie Taylor came home in third. Marie is one of several super sprinters gearing up to do a full sprint triathlon for the first time in the Bank of Bermuda Foundation event–best of luck to you all.

Litanya Smith just missed the podium but was, again, the first athlete home with a wide grin. She was also proud to tell me that’s she’s helping to coach Otis to improve his swimming (tip, Litanya: get him to keep his feet off the ground.)

A BIG, BIG thank you to Janet Harrison for coming out specifically to act as bike marshal, as she has done so often in the past. Thank you also to Sarah Farr and Kirstie Jones for placing and collecting the swim buoy, to Lucas Lightbourne for entertaining me with stories about his favourite video games while I was doing the timing, and to everyone else who pitched in.
Other stuff:
  • Sadly, we say goodbye to Derek Atkins, who will be leaving the island next week. Derek, a multiple Ironman finisher, is heading to Canada. Best of luck and come back on holiday. On a Thursday.
  • Worst excuse for missing the start of the race? Tim and Lynsey Palmer. Why were they late? They had to come all the way from — wait for it — Ferry Reach.
  • And they didn’t even have to come our on a geriatric 50 cc 2-stroke moped, as I did. I got me home, but I had an entertaining ride, as every so often it turned into a 25 cc 1-stroke. Time to get it serviced. Or torched.

NB: next week will be the last event for this season.

The results are:

    Time    Name
200m swim/3laps bike/2 laps run   

1    24:36    Neil de Ste Croix
2    25:15    Derek Atkins
3    26:35    Romar Douglas
4    27:14    Otis Ingham
5    28:54    Jeffrey Tyrrell
6    29:22    Ben Wright
7    31:59    Jennie Lightbourne
8    32:29    Aaron Cannonier
9    33:08    Sarah Farr
10    33:58   Marie Taylor
11    40:16   Litanya Smith

100m swim/2 laps bike/1 lap run
         No entrants this week

Other distances
    Not timed    Lynsey Palmer    No swim/2 laps bike/1 lap run
Est    21:45    Tim Palmer    No swim/3 laps bike/2 laps run
Not timed    Kirstie Jones    Swim and run

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