In the 12th annual National Sprint Championships, a sprint distance triathlon, husband and wife team Russell and Kat Crumpler cleaned up in their respective mens and ladies divisions in their first BVI triathlon competition. Russell completed the 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike ride and a five-kilometre run in one hour and 19 minutes and 44 seconds and his wife the same distance in 1 hour, 23 minutes and 5 seconds. This event, which was held on Saturday at Sandy Spit, Soper’s Hole, saw record attendance with 10 in the men’s division, 7 in the ladies division, and 10 teams.
Last year’s individuals winner defended their titles but both lost their crowns. Richard Morgan, was second coming in 45 seconds after Crumpler and Adrian Dale was third, nipping at Morgan’s heels and only 24 seconds behind at the finish. 2012 ladies champ, Kay Reddy, was kept from the podium this year by a bevy of new triathletes and placed fourth. Gillian Howe was second, a mere 18 seconds behind Crumpler, and Natasha Ruscheinski was third.
Team Pacific Dragon (Hayley Berry, Dan Mitchell, Mark Jones) cleaned up in their division, finishing just under three minutes ahead of Deloitte 2 who, in turn, were two minutes ahead of Deloitte 3.
Richard Morgan, off-form with injury, can seek solace in the fact that Crumpler was one minute and 35 seconds short of his 2012 winning time. However, both are some way off Chris Ghiorse’s 2011 winning time of 1 hour, 13 minutes and 13 seconds.
The men’s times need to improve to match the record pace being set in the ladies division which are are getting faster each year. In 2012 Kay Reddy took the BVI Sprint Champs title by obliterating the 2011 winning time set by Carolina Pettigrew by 4 minutes and 46 seconds. Kat Crumpler’s took the winning time forward again this year knocking another 2 minutes and 57 seconds off the previous course record.
Summary Results (Full results with splits)
|TOTAL TIME TAKEN|
|1||Russell Crumpler||1 hr 19m 44 s|
|2||Richard Morgan||1 hr 20m 29s|
|3||Adrian Dale||1 hr 20m 53s|
|4||Jude Kinkead||1 hr 39m 21s|
|5||Dave Pettigrew||1 hr 40m 55s|
|6||Tom Chapman||1 hr 45m 48s|
|7||Michael Fay||1 hr 55m 08s|
|1||Kat Crumpler||1 hr 23m 05s|
|2||Gillian Howe||1 hr 23m 23s|
|3||Natasha Ruscheinski||1 hr 25m 54s|
|4||Kay Reddy||1 hr 26m 28s|
|5||Tia Beckmann||1 hr 31m 21s|
|6||Kim Takeuchi||1 hr 45m 58s|
|7||Jenny McCleary||2 hrs 10m 18s|
|1||Pacific Dragon||1 hr 14m 4s|
|2||Deloitte 2||1 hr 17m 59s|
|3||Deloitte 3||1 hr 19m 59s|
|4||Reubels Rebels||1 hr 20m 21s|
|5||A Team||1 hr 22m 3s|
|6||Pettigrew Power||1 hr 25m 28s|
|7||Government house||1 hr 30m 51s|
|8||Deloitte 1||1 hr 35m 19s|
|9||Kinkeads||1 hr 36m 50s|
|10||Ogier Litigation Power House||1 hr 37m 56s|
|1||Pacific Dragon||1 hr 14m 4s|
|2||Deloitte 2||1 hr 17m 59s|
|3||Russell Crumpler||1 hr 19m 44 s|
|4||Deloitte 3||1 hr 19m 59s|
|5||Reubels Rebels||1 hr 20m 21s|
|6||Richard Morgan||1 hr 20m 29s|
|7||Adrian Dale||1 hr 20m 53s|
|8||A team||1 hr 22m 3s|
|9||Kat Crumpler||1 hr 23m 05s|
|10||Gillian Howe||1 hr 23m 23s|
|11||Pettigrew power||1 hr 25m 28s|
|12||Natasha Ruscheinski||1 hr 25m 54s|
|13||Kay Reddy||1 hr 26m 28s|
|14||Government house||1 hr 30m 51s|
|15||Tia Beckmann||1 hr 31m 21s|
|16||Deloitte 1||1 hr 35m 19s|
|17||Kinkeads||1 hr 36m 50s|
|18||Ogier Litigators||1 hr 37m 56s|
|19||Jude Kinkead||1 hr 39m 21s|
|20||Dave Pettigrew||1 hr 40m 55s|
|21||Tom Chapman||1 hr 45m 48s|
|22||Kim Takeuchi||1 hr 45m 58s|
|23||Michael Fay||1 hr 55m 08s|
|24||Jenny McCleary||2 hrs 10m 18s|
“It’s very exciting so see so many new faces competing in our events,” said Antony Spencer, BVI Triathlon Federation chairman. “I would like to encourage more people to come have a have a go. A great way to start is join a team and either swim, bike or run, and move on from there. We are going to have a Summer Series of duathlons in June and July using the same Soper’s Hole course with a combination of swim/bike, bike/run, and swim/run races, a perfect introduction to triathlon.”
The BVI Steelman, the crown jewel of the BVI triathlon calendar, will take place on November 16. The BVI Steelman is an Olympic distance triathlon and the most challenging event on the BVI Triathlon Federation calendar. It takes place at Beef Island and comprises a 1500 metre swim held in Well Bay, a 25-mile bike leg lapping the road from the airport to the ramparts of Beef Island Bridge, and a six-mile run along the roads and trails of Beef Island.
The current course record of 2:27:03 was set in the 2008 event by Chris Ghiorse and Richard Morgan won the 2012 event with a time of 2 hours, 33 minutes and 24 seconds.
BVITF Youth Development Event 2: Report and Results
The second youth triathlon development event was held at the same time as the adult event. The 17 children present displayed their talents and enthusiasm for the sport much to the delight of the adult competitors lining up for the National Sprint Championships.
In the first race, the under-8 category which had five competitors, was won by first-time entrant Felix Thorpe.
The second race was a little longer and combined the under-11 and under-14 groups. There were 7 individuals and 4 teams with Dominic Munro winning in the under-11 group and Sam Childs winning the under-14.
“I loved watching the swim efforts of the two youngest competitors, Katherine Anthony and Sebbie Morgan”, said Chris Ghiorse the youth development director for the BVITF. “A lot of adults could learn from their determination to swim the whole way. It was truly inspirational.”
Sandy Spit is an ideal training area for the young aspiring triathletes because there is a large area they can ride and run in without having to worry about traffic. The swim area is very clean clear water and perfectly flat which makes it easy to encourage jumping in and having a go.
“I am ever so excited in having our 11 year old daughter participate in the youth triathlon events”, said Simone DaBreo. “When Chris invited our family out to the events held last year at Trellis Bay and encouraged our daughter to be involved in the triathlon training being held, to our surprise, she did not hesitate to jump at the opportunity and fell in love with the sport from day one. My husband and I are thrilled with the way this opportunity has enabled Sheneal to come out of her shell a bit more and we are keen on seeing her develop further in all three areas of the sport.”
On May 4th at 8am there will be a triathlon training session at Sandy Spit in Soper’s Hole. For more youth triathlon information please contact Chris Ghiorse at 542-1981 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
RESULTS for Event 2 Youth Development Triathlon 20 April 2013
1st Felix Thorpe (boy)
2nd Noah Cottreau (boy)
3rd Hannah Bridson (girl)
4th Sebbie Morgan (boy)
5th Catherine Anthony finished with a swim-run-run. She was too small to ride any of the available bikes.
1st Dominic Munro (boy)
2nd Bradford Green (boy)
3rd Lawton Green (boy)
4th Floriana Christie (girl)
5th Greg McConnell (boy)
1st Bradford Green-Jake Hallet (bike-run)
2nd Lawton Green-Dominic Munro-Luca Reich
1st Sam Childs (boy)
2nd Charlotte Mason (girl)
1st Nicole Munro-Tallulah Kinkead (bike-run)
2nd Sam Childs-Sheneal Dabreo (bike-run)