Mercuryman 2016 – Results
Conditions seemed ideal at the start of this years Mercuryman, that is until the athletes got into the water. Choppy conditions and an undercurrent had swimmers working extremely hard from the get-go.
After a tough swim it was professional athlete Rachel Joyce who came out of the water first into transition in a time of 31:03 and followed by wily old amateur Marius Acker two minutes later and second pro Jenny Fletcher in 33:54 . An excellent swim also for Stuart Bray and Jon Roney (34:56 and 35:53). Whilst these athletes and other front runners were quickly in and out of transition and on the bike course, poor Jalene Cruz was struggling with the sea conditions and battling through, she never gave in and eventually came out of the water about 1 hour after the first athlete.
So on to the bike course the wind did not let up and at times the side-swipe had cyclists struggling to control their bikes. Through it all it was Jeff Jakubiak (39:14 in the swim) who outspun everyone else being the quickest by far in a time of 2:21:13 and moved into the lead for the males race. But Rachel Joyce also had a decent bike ride (2:25:33) maintained overall lead by transition 2. Any rider going under 2:30:00 in these conditions did very well so hats off to Erin Spitler, Jenny Fletcher, Stuart Bray, Graham Blyth and Chis Smith in the team competition.
It is fair to say that “getting hot” was an understatement by the time the run started. Already 3 hours into the contest and getting close to 10am and the expressions of “why am I doing this” were written across the faces of some. Rachel who had led from the beginning of the swim was first in and out of transition and headed down the four-lap Half-Marathon run course. Next was Jeff Jakubiak whose excellent cycle ride had moved him into second overall and first male. The two other professionals Erin and Jenny had sub 2:30 rides as one might expect and had some tiome to make up if they were to launch a serious challenge on Rachel.
Also Stuart Bray had been consistent on both the swim and cycle ride and was just a few minutes behind Jeff in the men’s race. Marius knows his cycling is his weakest discipline and had moved down the pecking order and had around 8 minutes to make up by the run. Also doing very well were Jon Roney, Graham Blyth (who had the noisiest fan club of the day) and DJ Evans and were not totally out of the picture although being realistic they knew that one would need a super run to have any chance of a podium finish.
Fastest run of the day was unsurprisingly the one and only Marius Acker who completed in a time of 1:30:15, which to most is a very good time without having had a swim and cycle for a warm-up. The out and back course had allowed him to set the right pace and timed it to perfection as he went past the other runners eventually overtaking Jeff and earning the men’s title. Rachel Joyce also had a super run in 1:35:13 and maintained overall lead to win this years event.
In the Aquabike it was Ashley Naelon and Sean Day who reigned supreme taking those titles, and the team of Tim, Chris and Joanna were the quickest team home.
Final thoughts and congratulations to movie actor, poster boy and all round good-egg Shane Delaney who completed his first ever Mercuryman in a record breaking Two Years, 7 hours, 55 minutes and 16 seconds. Well done Shane for not breaking anything this year.
Full results and time splits below and photos posted on our Facebook page
|Half Iron Distance Men|
|Half Iron Distance Women|
|Team Triathlon (Mixed)|
|113||1.||Small Medium and Large||35:37||00:39||2:27:24||00:36||1:44:08||4:48:26.2|
|Team Triathlon (Male)|
|Team Triathlon (Female)|
|110||1.||The British birds are giving it a tri||57:38||00:29||3:51:12||00:53||2:08:59||6:59:14.1|