Veteran triathlete Kay Reddy broke the women’s X-Tri record last weekend taking just under 2 minutes off the time set by Carolina Pettigrew in 2006 with a finsh time of 58 minutes and 24 seconds. In the men’s division, there was a terrific tussle between the returning Adrian Copacaneau fresh from a two year sabbatical training in the rugged mountains of Transylvania and the wing-heeled Achilles himself Guy Williamson.
Whilst Adrian was quicker on both swim and bike legs, Guy’s pure running speed saw him home to win his first BVI triathlon. He completed the ‘off-road’ event which comprises a 600 metre swim, 4 mile bike ride and 2 mile run, in 54 minutes and 18 seconds. The men’s record of 48 minutes and 50 seconds set by Michael Ellis in 2011 was never under any threat.
‘Tash & The Pettigrews’ sealed the team category with a fast 47 minute sprint around the course.
The BVI Triathlon Federation introduced its first Aquathon (swim/run) at this event which saw eight competitors compete. This race – a 900 metre swim and 4 mile run – witnessed another mighty tussle between newcomers Aaron Gardener, Mungo Lowe and Federation president Antony Spencer. Lowe and Spencer finished the swim together with a solid advantage over Gardener but a determined chase saw him catch first Lowe and then close in on Spencer who just managed to hang on to win the event, setting a new target time 48 minutes and 5 seconds.
“The addition of this format opened up the field to people who were not comfortable riding mountain bikes in off-road conditions,” said Antony.” It was great fun, and good to see so many new faces taking part and enjoying the camaraderie, competition and challenge”
The next event on the BVI Trithlon calendar is the National Sprint Championships on April 26 at West End.