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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

Bib Place Name Swim T1 Bike T2 Run Finish
Professional
3 1. Rachel Joyce 31:03 01:14 2:25:33 01:07 1:35:13 4:34:13.7
1 2. Erin Spitler 39:49 00:36 2:26:35 00:51 1:40:56 4:48:48.8
2 3. Jenny Fletcher 33:54 01:04 2:28:54 01:03 1:48:34 4:53:32.0
Half Iron Distance Men
36 1. Marius Acker 33:07 00:46 2:36:08 01:29 1:30:15 4:41:47.7
12 2. Jeffrey Jakubiak 39:14 01:19 2:21:13 01:05 1:39:53 4:42:46.9
20 3. Stuart Bray 34:56 01:16 2:29:52 00:56 1:43:35 4:50:37.1
19 4. Jonathan Roney 35:53 00:56 2:39:17 01:59 1:53:31 5:11:38.9
17 5. Graham Blyth 39:09 01:58 2:29:59 01:50 2:00:58 5:13:55.7
31 6. DJ Evans 46:50 01:40 2:36:11 00:56 1:56:17 5:21:56.8
18 7. Conrad Proud 48:17 01:25 2:41:40 00:53 1:54:02 5:26:20.0
27 8. Jamie Hughes 39:02 03:01 2:48:28 02:34 1:56:33 5:29:39.4
39 9. Kendall Ebanks 42:31 01:02 2:41:02 03:00 2:19:34 5:47:11.9
28 10. Dale Avery 46:45 02:05 2:49:48 01:31 2:24:52 6:05:03.9
25 11. David Bees 47:29 03:54 2:47:34 03:15 2:24:12 6:06:26.0
29 12. Daniel Cummings 46:47 02:07 2:38:12 02:51 2:36:51 6:06:51.5
35 13. Michael Ford 45:56 02:46 2:54:33 02:12 2:23:33 6:09:03.5
24 14. Geoff Cornwall 48:07 03:39 3:01:34 03:55 2:15:04 6:12:21.9
23 15. Dan Bryer 52:42 02:46 3:00:25 02:03 2:22:27 6:20:25.0
26 16. Todd Grooms 46:42 02:28 3:13:08 04:15 2:25:31 6:32:07.3
37 17. Marlon Crowe 1:11:21 01:49 2:59:18 04:27 2:40:02 6:56:59.1
30 18. Gavin McDougall 47:08 02:36 3:22:33 02:11 2:45:17 6:59:47.4
34 19. Zolton Gorocs 1:15:56 01:02 3:13:11 02:01 3:13:32 7:45:44.8
13 20. Shane Delaney 1:13:44 03:31 3:26:28 03:39 3:07:52 7:55:16.8
32 Enrico Carmassi 1:10:41 03:33 3:24:50 03:01 DNF
Half Iron Distance Women
11 1. Rebecca Wall 52:49 01:44 3:17:27 02:46 2:04:19 6:19:07.9
14 2. Sarah Superfine 51:53 02:45 2:51:28 02:07 2:41:53 6:30:08.2
10 3. Marcella Zaistowski 1:06:11 01:21 3:02:43 02:03 2:27:40 6:40:00.2
38 4. Jalene Cruz 1:32:06 01:30 3:09:32 02:30 2:16:01 7:01:40.5
AquaBike Men
55 1. Sean Day 37:26 01:36 2:38:31 00:39 00:55 3:19:09,59
53 2. Johann Prinsloo 40:42 01:22 3:04:56 01:41 00:40 3:49:24,71
50 3. Andrew Schofield 47:48 02:08 3:00:05 00:32 00:31 3:51:07,07
60 4. Brad Connolly 48:14 03:40 3:54:43 00:45 00:15 4:47:40,22
AquaBike Women
15 1. Ashley Naelon 41:08 01:09 2:39:45 00:54 00:17 3:23:14,69
61 2. Michelle Bailey 39:19 01:03 2:58:38 00:56 00:14 3:40:13,16
57 3. Michelle Lamont 1:09:14 02:31 3:18:38 00:51 00:19 4:31:35,08
58 4. Alex Hughes 1:22:02 04:33 3:41:53 01:30 00:40 5:10:40,49
51 Jenny Davidson 1:20:15 05:45 DNF
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
111 2. Renevik 48:11 00:57 3:02:17 00:41 2:07:24 5:59:32.6
Team Triathlon (Male)
112 1. ATF 345 47:27 00:51 2:55:08 00:57 1:58:20 5:42:45.5
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
2-2-2 Team
101 1. Generali Worldwide 52:48 00:27 3:10:58 00:38 2:04:26 6:09:19.1
100 2. Tri Westin 1:08:31 02:41 3:12:39 00:50 2:08:14 6:32:57.0