The Santathon took place on Sunday with 18 adults and children taking part with a predominantly female field. Peter Wilmott won the adult race completing the 400m swim, 6-mile bike ride and 1.5 mile run in 43 minutes. Carolina Pettigrew was second, 1 minute and 14 seconds behind Peter, while Tia Beckmann was third, 43 seconds behind Carolina.
Nine-year-old Derek Pettigrew competed in the adult race and posted the second fastest run time of the event at 12 minutes and 49 seconds. “Derek did fantastically,” said Antony Spencer, president of the Federation, “as he grows, and develops the strength for the swimming and cycling, he’s going to be a force to reckoned with!”
Natasha “Tash” Ruscheinski emerged from the water almost two minutes ahead of the next competitor but a flat tyre put here out of the race. Kay Reddy, a BVI triathlon stalwart, gamely competed in a full Miss Santa outfit.
The children enthusiastically competed in run-bike-run duathlons on the Captain Mulligan’s property.
The next event on the BVI Triathlon Federation’s calendar is a run-bike-run duathlon on Saturday, December 15, at the Tortola Sports Club. The race can be entered by individuals or teams of two. The entry fees are $5 for individuals and $8 for teams. The race starts at 7.00am and registration will open 45 minutes before the start of each race and close 15 minutes before the race is due to start.
This event is the first of the Dickie’s Duos series which will run from December to March and consist solely of aquathons (swim and run) and duathlons (run-bike-run).