Baird, Macbay dom­i­nant at triathlon

Or­ga­niz­ers de­scribe 24th Car­bon­ear event as a suc­cess


and 23 sec­onds.

MacBay, a res­i­dent of St. John’s, com­petes in the 30-39 age cat­e­gory. Her clos­est ri­val was Ni­cole Gra­ham of Con­cep­tion Bay South, who fin­ished about a minute-and-a-half be­hind.

Last year’s win­ner in the fe­male division, Car­bon­ear na­tive Vic­to­ria Ralph, did not en­ter this year.

Or­ga­niz­ers say just un­der 100 peo­ple took part in the event, which fea­tures a 500 me­tre swim in Fresh­wa­ter Pond, a 20 kilo­me­tre bike race, and a five kilo­me­tre run.

Only a hand­ful of par­tic­i­pants were from the Car­bon­ear re­gion, a cir­cum­stance or­ga­niz­ers hope to change in the fu­ture, es­pe­cially in the team cat­e­gory.

The fol­low­ing, mean­while, is a brief sum­mary of the re­sults:


• Ages 21-29 —Ni­cole Gra­ham, CBS (1:08:57); Kristy Hynes, Tor­bay (1:12:42); Sha­lane Spurrell, St. John’s (1:18:46);

• Ages 30-39 — Katherine MacBay, St. John’s (1:07:23); Dwan Street, Paradise (1:15:58); Stephanie Porter, St. John’s (1:16:09);

• Ages 40-49 — Chris­tiane



Con­di­tions were just about per­fect on Sun­day, July 15 for the Car­bon­ear sprint triathlon, and that’s just about how you can de­scribe per­for­mances by Jor­dan Baird and Katherine MacBay.

Baird again proved he is the No. 1 triath­lete in this prov­ince by dom­i­nat­ing the men’s event, win­ning for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year in a com­bined time of 56 min­utes, 46 sec­onds.

The 19-year-old is a res­i­dent of Lewin’s Cove on the Burin Penin­sula, and has his sights set on the 2013 Canada Sum­mer Games in Quebec, though he hasn’t de­cided whether he will com­pete in triathlon or cy­cling.

Baird has now sur­passed Stephen Dyke of St. John’s as the man to beat at the Car­bon­ear event. Dyke com­petes in the 50-59 age cat­e­gory, and dom­i­nated the race for about a decade. He fin­ished this year’s race in 58:59, and was the only other com­peti­tor to fin­ish in un­der one hour.

MacBay, mean­while, im­proved on last year’s sec­ond place fin­ish to claim the 2012 crown in a time of one hour, seven min­utes John’s (1:15:06); (1:18:39); Janet (1:18:57);

• Ages 50-59 — Shirley Gran­ter-But­ton, St. John’s (1:20:16); Yvonne Martin, St. Mary’s (1:25:03); Elsie This­tle, St. John’s (1:27:48); El­iz­a­beth Evely, Car­bon­ear (1:34:03);

• Ages 60-plus — Linda Hens­man, St. John’s (1:32:44); Flora Sey­mour, Tor­bay

Feltham, Glover­town


• 20 and un­der — Jor­dan Baird, Lewin’s Cove (56:46); Landon Fisher, St. John’s (1:06:20);

• Ages 21-29 —Chris Small, St. John’s (1:02:51); Sean This­tle, St. John’s (1:06:32); Gra­ham Soper, Port au Port West (1:07:20); Mark Hur­ley, Car­bon­ear (1:13:44);

• Ages 30-39 — Shawn Leroux, St. John’s (1:02:07); Patrick Collins, St. John’s (1:03:11); Marc Saun­ders, St. John’s (1:09:59); Jay Hickey, Har­bour Main (1:10:06);

• Ages 40-49 —Jeff Holmes, St. John’s (1:01:44); An­dre En­gel­brecht, St. John’s (1:08:14); Derek Gal­way, St. John’s (1:10:45);

• Ages 50-59 — Stephen Dyke, St. John’s (56:38); Jeff Colling­wood, St. John’s (1:09:13); Lloyd But­ton, St. John’s (1:11:58); Ray Baird, Lewin’s Cove (1:14:54); An­drew Peacock, Car- bon­ear (1:25:12)

• Ages 60-plus — Phil Gra­ham, St. John’s (1:16:23); Gary Burden, St. John’s (1:19:44); Wayne Baggs, St. John’s (1:23:37); Don Butt, Car­bon­ear (1:46:05);

Team re­sults

1. Al­li­son Somers and Chris Roberts, Car­bon­ear (1:10:03);

2. Skye Fisher and Abi­gail Steele, St. John’s (1:11:33);

3. A. McAleese, C. Browne and K. Van Gulick, St. John’s (1:15:57);

4. Kirsten Lowe, Trevor Lowe and Court­ney Lowe, Clarke’s Beach (1:17:11);

5. Harold Earle, I. Peacock and A. Loveys, Car­bon­ear (1:28:12);

6. Barry, Brenda and Laura Peach, Car­bon­ear (1:34:36);

7. E. Evely, S. Smith and C. Young, Car­bon­ear, Spe­cial Olympics (1:44:31).


Craig Pike (left) and Jeff Colling­wood, both of St. John’s, emerge from Fresh­wa­ter Pond fol­low­ing a 500-me­tre swim.

Der­rick Pittman (right) of Gan­der squeezes a wet sponge over his head dur­ing the run­ning por­tion of the 24th Car­bon­ear sprint triathlon on Sun­day, July 15. At left is race vol­un­teer Kathy Noel, her four-year-old grand­son Nathan Bako­ge­orge, and Nathan’s mom, Abby Noel.

Race co-or­di­na­tor Randy Har­ris keeps a close eye on the com­peti­tors as they emerge from Fresh­wa­ter Pond and be­gin the cy­cling por­tion of the Car­bon­ear sprint triathlon on July 15.

Pho­tos by Terry Roberts/the Com­pass

Car­bon­ear’s Al­li­son Somers is shown dur­ing the run­ning por­tion of the Car­bon­ear sprint triathlon.

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