SPORTS BEAT

Car­bon­ear sprint triathlon com­mences on time af­ter thun­der­storm

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BYMELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

Car­bon­ear’s an­nual sprint triathlon took place July 21 im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing a thun­der­storm. 79 ath­letes com­peted in a three-leg race that in­cluded a 500 me­tre swim, a 20 kilo­me­tre bike ride and a 5 km run.

Bright white light­ning and booms of thun­der filled the early morn­ing air July 21. For al­most two hours heavy rain fell and rough winds blew.

It wasn’t look­ing like the 25th an­nual Sprint Triathlon in Car­bon­ear was go­ing to go ahead. But by 9 a.m. the rain had sub­sided and the thun­der, light­ning and wind had stopped, leav­ing a hu­mid tex­ture in the air.

At 10 a.m. all 79 par­tic­i­pants were in the wa­ter at Fresh­wa­ter Pond just north of Car­bon­ear. Most par­tic­i­pants raced in­di­vid­u­ally while three teams of three also com­peted.

The bikes were se­cured in six bike racks next to the main road for the ath­letes to com­plete the first leg of the three-part race

Three-gen­er­a­tion team

At 75-years-old, Harold Earle, a na­tive of Car- bon­ear, com­pleted the first part of the race for his team, a 500-me­tre swim around the pond.

“I felt strong and con­fi­dent enough to do it,” Earle stated, men­tion­ing he will be hav­ing knee surgery next year and is still un­sure if he’ll be ready to com­pete.

“It all de­pends on his re­cov­ery,” his wife Es­ther added.

The cou­ple told The Com­pass that Earle, who was a col­lege pro­fes­sor in ac­count­ing, had only learned to swim when he was 40.

“I fin­ished all the badges and went on to com­plete my na­tion­als,” Earle said, not­ing he com­pleted all qual­i­fi­ca­tions for life­guard­ing by age 42.

Al­though he was one of the old­est com­peti­tors at the event, he fin­ished the swim quickly to pass off the next leg of the race to In­grid Pea­cock, a well-re­spected med­i­cal doc­tor in Car­bon­ear and the team’s cy­clist. She biked the 20-kilo­me­tre route through Car­bon­ear, back to Fresh­wa­ter Pond and into the Car­bon­ear Recre­ation Com- plex. Her hus­band, vet­eri­nar­ian An­drew Pea­cock, com­peted the race in­di­vid­u­ally.

Re­cent high school grad­u­ate Alana Loveys was the third mem­ber of their team. She ran the five-kilo­me­tre course con­clud­ing with a lap around the com­plex track where she be­gan. Loveys also com­peted in the Tele-10 in St. John’s this past week­end.

This is the sec­ond year they com­peted as a team, but Pea­cock and Earle have com­peted to­gether for sev­eral years prior as well.

Ob­vi­ous ca­ma­raderie

By­standers would cheer on their friends and fam­ily while they swam, ped­aled and ran their way through the course. They would also clap and cheer for other com­peti­tors along the route.

“Way to go, you’re al­most there,” a man could be heard along Val­ley Road where cy­clists and run­ners were cross­ing paths near the over­pass, again and again.

The sup­port was there from the crowd, but com­peti­tors were also en­cour­ag­ing each other.

Both women and men would tell each other to press on and they were so close.

The ex­haus­tion on the faces of some first­time com­peti­tors was ob­vi­ous, but it ap­peared the words of re­as­sur­ance helped them get through the last leg of the race.

The town’s di­rec­tor of recre­ation and tourism Rob But­ton said the event was a great suc­cess and ran off with­out a hitch, not­ing only two com­peti­tors did not cross the fin­ish line.

The over­all male win­ner was 51-year-old Stephen Dyke of St. John’s with a time of 56:09 in the 50-59 year old cat­e­gory, while 16-yearold Emily McIl­roy of St. Phillips took first in the over­all fe­male cat­e­gory with a time of 1:14:53. She com­peted in the 20 and un­der di­vi­sion.

Pho­tos by Melissa Jenk­ins/spe­cial to The Com­pass

The group of lo­cals wait at the fin­ish line af­ter com­ple­tion of their race, cheer­ing on the fi­nal com­peti­tors to cross the fin­ish line. They are, from left, Alana Loveys, Harold Earle (orig­i­nally from Car­bon­ear), Don Butt, Mahlodi Tau (for­mer physi­cian at Car­bon­ear Hos­pi­tal), An­drew Pea­cock, In­grid Pea­cock, Wade Spurrell and Jesse Bown.

Car­bon­ear na­tive Wade Spurrell climbs the hill by Fresh­wa­ter Pond to his bike to be­gin the sec­ond por­tion of the race. Be­hind him cheer­ing him on is his wife, Cindy. Wade com­pleted the event in 1:58:54.

Marathon run­ner Jesse Bown, 55, de­cided to take the chance to com­plete his first triathlon in his home­town. He com­pleted the race in 1:21:34, the fastest time of the reg­is­tered lo­cals.

Har­bour Grace na­tive Derek Gal­way is no stranger to triathlons, com­pet­ing in many events across the coun­try over the years. He com­pleted this race in 1:10:11.

Car­bon­ear res­i­dent Don Butt was the old­est in­di­vid­ual com­peti­tor at the event at 71. He waves to the crowd as he be­gins the fi­nal part of the race, the 5-kilo­me­tre run.

In­grid Pea­cock was the cy­clist for the Earle’s Epics team. She com­pleted the 20-kilo­me­tre bike ride in 46:47.

Re­cent high­school grad­u­ate Alana Loveys runs the fi­nal part of the Sprint Triathalon in Car­bon­ear for her team, Earle’s Epics.

Re­cent high­school grad­u­ate Alana Loveys runs the fi­nal part of the Sprint Triathalon in Car­bon­ear for her team, Earle’s Epics.

Mahlodi Tau is a for­mer physi­cian at Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal. She car­ried her bi­cy­cle to the road from the pond’s edge to be­gin the bike ride. Mahlodi com­pleted the race in 1:33:00.

Car­bon­ear’s recre­ation and tourism di­rec­tor Rob But­ton sounds the airhorn to be­g­ing the race at Car­bon­ear Pond.

Car­bon­ear na­tive Wade Spurrell climbs the hill by Fresh­wa­ter Pond to his bike to be­gin the sec­ond por­tion of the race. Be­hind him cheer­ing him on is his wife, Cindy. Wade com­pleted the event in 1:58:54.

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