Triathlon re­mains pop­u­lar

137 ath­letes swim, cy­cle, run in 22nd Car­bon­ear Sprint Triathlon

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

Stephen Dyke and Caro­line Mcilroy were over­all win­ners in the male and fe­male di­vi­sions at this year’s 22nd Car­bon­ear Sprint Triathlon on July 18. This year’s event at­tracted nearly 140 com­peti­tors.

The hill com­ing out of Car­bon­ear (Colum­bus Drive) was “ bru­tal ( for cy­clists), but the scenery made up for it.”

That was the con­sen­sus among the triath­letes who cy­cled up the hill Sun­day, July 18 dur­ing the sec­ond leg of the 22nd Car­bon­ear Sprint Triathlon.

The event got un­der­way with a swim around Fresh­wa­ter Pond in Fresh­wa­ter, where the event be­gan 22 years ago.

The cy­clists made their way from Fresh­wa­ter to Car­bon­ear and back for a sec­ond loop through the area be­fore dis­mount­ing their bikes at the Car­bon­ear Recre­ation Com­plex for the fi­nal leg: a run around the west end of Car­bon­ear via Val­ley Road, St. Claire Av­enue, Crowdy, Ban­ner­man and Wa­ter Streets, and back for a fi­nal loop around the track to the fin­ish line.

Stephen Dyke of St. John’s was the first to cross the fin­ish line again this year, fin­ish­ing at 56 min­utes, 24 sec­onds. That’s more than three min­utes be­hind the course record he set last year.

Dyke couldn’t re­call how many years he has taken part in the event, ex­cept to say he has fin­ished in first place sev­eral years in a row.

Jor­dan Baird fin­ished in sec­ond place (58:56), while Otto Ryan came in third (1:00:17).

Caro­line Mcilroy won the fe­male di­vi­sion in a time of 1:03:38. It was her third ap­pear­ance at the event.

Last year’s bi­cy­cle course meant a dan­ger­ous left turn from the top of the ridge com­ing out of Vic­to­ria onto Fresh­wa­ter Road.

For im­proved traf­fic flow and safety rea­sons, this year’s swim was moved from Salmon Cove back to Fresh­wa­ter Pond. This meant all right turns for the cy­clists, which are said to be safer.

Mcilroy said she pre­ferred the new course, “es­pe­cially the bike course.”

Vic­to­ria Ralph of Car­bon­ear fin­ished sec­ond (1:06:45), while third place went to Abi­gail Steele (1:09:52).

In the team event, the trio of Candice Price, Tim MacKen­zie and Ali­son Grant fin­ished first (1:02:49), fol­lowed by two lo­cal teams. Sec­ond place went to Mitchell Earle, Michael Rogers and Robert Baze­ley ( 1: 11: 55), while Ker­ryAnn Evely, Kerry Evely and Tim En­nis placed third.

Rob But­ton, Car­bon­ear’s recre­ation di­rec­tor, said or­ga­niz­ers are pleased to see the event main­tain­ing its num­bers af­ter record­ing a record turnout last year. Other re­sults: Fe­male: • 20 and un­der - Astrid Pea­cock (1:14:03)

• Ages 21-29 - Vic­to­ria Ralph ( 1: 06: 54), Kather­ine MacBay (1:10:02) and Kristy Hynes (1:15:56)

• Ages 30-39 - Caro­line Mcilroy (1:03:38), Stephanie Porter (1:14:09) and Tara Cham­pion (1:19:38)

• Ages 40-49 - Chris­tine Martin (1:13:28), Paula Kelly (1:13:35) and Ja­nine O’Keefe (1:16:13)

• Ages 50-59 - Abi­gail Steel (1:09:52), El­iz­a­beth Evely (1:30:35) and Linsa Hans­man (1:32:04) Male: • 20 and un­der - Jor­dan Baird (58:56), Jonathon Slaney (1:00:41) and Ge­ordie Sum­mers-Lubar (1:01:52)

• Ages 21-29 - Tyler Cole (1:00:54), Shawn Miller (1:02:54) and Thomas Martin (1:06:07)

• Ages 30-39 - Bernardo Fara­galli (1:06:02), Rob Briggs (1:07:59) and Joseph Power (1:09:09)

• Ages 40-49 - Stephen Dyke (56:24), Otto Ryan (1:00:17) and Jeff Holmes (1:01:56)

• Ages 50-59 - Gerry Dono­van (1:01:02), Nick Soper (1:09:48) and Ray Baird (1:12:37)

• 60-plus - Phil Gra­ham (1:14:05) and Don Butt (1:48:46)

Swim­mers chop through the wa­ters of Fresh­wa­ter Pond, Fresh­wa­ter dur­ing the first leg of the 22nd Car­bon­ear Sprint Triathlon.

Caro­line Mcilroy was the first fe­male to cross the fin­ish at the Car­bon­ear Recre­ation Com­plex, hav­ing just com­pleted the fi­nal leg of the Sprint Triathlon in a time of 1:03:38. This was Mcilroy’s third time in the Car­bon­ear event.

Rob Cole­man steps out of the wa­ter at Fresh­wa­ter Pond to com­plete the first leg of the Car­bon­ear Sprint Triathlon in 6 min­utes, 33 sec­onds. Hot on his heels is Ge­ordie Sum­mer­sLum­bar, who com­pleted the 500-me­tre swim in a time of 6:38.

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