Triathlon build up continues
Saturday 7th March was the last of the Nevis mini-tri series, the last opportunity for the athletes to complete their final race preparations for the upcoming NEVIS TRIATHLON 2009 happening on Sunday 15th March.
The day was stormy and far less than perfect when the 30 athletes set up their gear at Oualie Beach, the passing storm t had reduced the water temperature and turned the water a cloudy brown in color. But undaunted, the competitors launched themselves into the fray.
The course consisted of a 650mtr swim, 20km bike and a 5km run, just a little of the sprint distance to be run this coming weekend, for James, Reggie and Kristina our Olympic distance experts this was a real sprint race, and Reggie set the tone from the gun, turning in an impressive swim, only being outdone by the veteran triathlete Tom Dutton. Defending Female champion of 2008 Janine Herweijer of Holland arriving early to escape the Dutch winter was the lead female in the swim, followed by Nevis’s Anna Gaskell and Kristina Stoney.
Out onto the bike course Reggie was setting the tone with an impressive 33:14 for the very windy 20km bike leg, and so was Janine, who posted 34:57 as the fastest female rider. The young members of the Nevis Cycle Club also had a chance to test themselves this day, going against the clock as a time trial exercise on a shorter 17km course, that gave them a chance to get a little more race experience. The best time was Tarel Morton in 32:25 followed by Royston Queeley and Jessica Amory.
The windy run course was a challenge for all, the best 5km time was set by Andy Brear in a relay team with a time of 21:38, followed by James and Tom, the womens fastest run time was set by Kristina in 24:26 followed by Janine and Laura Talaga of St Kitts. Due to an error on the run course Reggie had to be disqualified from the overall standings.
The final Results table put James Weekes in 1st place in 1:12:54 with Tom Dutton and Matt Factor (MUA) in 2nd and 3rd, for the females it was Janine Herweijer with a finish time of 1:16:27 with Kristina and Laura in 2nd and 3rd.
All in all a great event that demonstrated the depth of talent that exists right here in the federation and bodes well for a fabulous and exciting competition this coming weekend.