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