Crumpler and Ruscheinski Win Semi Steel

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Russell Crumpler (1:06:27) and Tash Ruscheinkski (1:15:20) topped the men’s and women’s podiums at the second annual Semi Steel triathlon held in the environs of Beef Island on Saturday.

Rounding out the men’s division, Adrian Dale was second, and Gary Salter, in his first triathlon attempt, was third. Sally Blackmore and Tia Beckmann were second and third respectively in the women’s division.


This short distance event – a warm up, for the most challenging event of the BVI Triathlon Federation’s calendar, the BVI Steelman on December 6 – saw the field swimming 700 metres, riding 12.5 miles, and running 3 miles.

Although Crumpler and Ruscheinski both improved on their 2013 times, last year’s winners – Antony Spencer and Jules Potgieter – kept their record-setting times.

Team Bodge, Stodge & Scarper (Ray Wearmouth, Gareth Thomas, and Clare-Louise Whiley) roared around the course in just over an hour.

A Kids Event was held at Trellis Bay. Sammy Potgieter and Seb Morgan were first and second in the Under-8s. In the Over-8s, Nicky Haycraft was first, Alex Fountain second, Tai Thomas third, and Gethin Jones fourth.

Semi Steel 2014 Results

Mens Indiviudal

  1. Russell Crumpler 1hr06m27s
  2. Adrian Dale 1hr10m00s
  3. Gary Salter 1hr14m51s
  4. Simon Cook 1hr16m02s
  5. Iain Walker 1hr16m35s
  6. Adam D’Monte 1hr17m35s
  7. Keith Williams 1hr21m40s
  8. Andrew Thompson DNF

Ladies individual

  1. Tash Ruscheinski 1hr15m20s
  2. Sally Blackmore 1hr17m03s
  3. Tia Beckmann 1hr24m22s
  4. Rhiannon Jones 1hr33m04s


  1. Bodge, Stodge & Scarper 1hr00m51s
  2. The 3 Stooges 1hr04m07s
  3. 40 year old virgins1hr39m38s