The Paradise Triathlon event went ahead in near perfect conditions on Sunday morning with a calm sea, light breeze and overcast. Sadly, the temperature soon changes as the sun rose up but the gentle breeze lasted, which is appreciated more by runners who tend to aim for parts of the course where there is some shade.

With three races staring simultaneously (Sprint and Olympic distances in the water and duathlon on the road) often makes it difficult for the onlookers to know what place athletes are in, well except the one in front.

Kendall Ebanks started the races with swimmers on the beach between the North and South Terminal, whilst runners in the Duathlon start on Harbour Drive. One swim lap for the Sprint Distance and two for Olympic. Unless a swimmer is wearing an illuminated swimming cap, it is almost impossible to determine where anyone until the swimmer exits the water. In lead on the first lap was the two youngsters Raya Embury-Brown and Kyra Rabess who quickly came out of the water jogged around the buoy and back around for the second lap. They were both swimming a leg for their team (‘Organized Chaos’ and ‘2 Buoys and a Gull’) and continued swimming together and exited neck and neck to the change-over; completing the long swim just over 20 minutes. Quite impressive when one compares to the quickest times for the sprint distance athletes who in fairness still had a bike ride and run to follow.

The first Individual who exited the water on the sprint course was Toby Bowles who was closely followed by Laura Hicks. The fastest swimmers in the Olympic distance were Stuart Bray, Jamie Hughes and Bill McFarland.

On the Bike, Laurent Weber made some distance back that he lost on the swim with the fastest sprint time of the day and in the ladies, Laura Hicks extended her lead with the quickest bike leg. The Olympic distance saw Jamie and Stuart scrapping for first and second as the time Stuart was ahead on the swim had been closed on the bike by Jamie. Out for the 10k almost neck and neck. In the Olympic team event, Organized Chaos had a minute lead coming off the bike and handing the chip over the to rising star Levi Superville you could say it ws in the bag.

Before then, the Sprint distance and Duathlon athletes were already on their final part of the run and battling it out as the temperatures rose to high 80s. In the Sprint distance it was Tom Parker who ran the quickest leg that moved right through the field and into third overall position at the finish line. In second place and also the second quickest run  was Toby Bowles, but the winner of the Sprint overall was Ian Smith so well done to him. Laura Hicks remained unchallenged for top spot in the ladies Sprint distance with Amy Strzalko second place and Alicia Proud (who advised me and a dozen others who asked the same question – she is not related to Conrad) came third.

Marlon Crowe won the Duathlon quite comfortably with Radz Intrepid second place and Robert Powell third, which is down to those 800 repeats he has been doing on Thursday mornings.

The ladies toughed it out also with Anita Warhurst taking the honours today, Louise Carroll second and Renata Kecskes in third. There were three teams in this event with Tobias Muchene anchoring his Jaguar team to the winning place, whilst Carmen Cagabcab earned second for Uncle Bill’s and Aurora Yates bringing home the bronze.

We left the Olympic distance with Stuart and Jamie leaving transition fairly close together for top spot with Levi ahead of another rising star Juan Pablo Valerio chasing him for the Team race honours. My money would normally be on Stuart in the individual race, but he has been having ankle problems recently so unlikely to be as quick as he usually is. The 10k distance was run over 6 laps, which has the advantage of seeing the runner either in front of, or the runners behind you at each turn.  Ali King is one of the best distance runners in Cayman (although the same cannot be said for his swimming or cycling prowess) who powered out of transition getting very quickly into a smooth but fast running cadence eating up the laps faster than anyone else, including the Team race runners. Ali had been just over 5 minutes behind the leaders coming off the bicycle but amazingly  clawed his way over taking all athletes ahead of him and eventually winning the race by a minute. Very impressive 🙂

Stuart held on for second with Jamie in third. In The ladies it was Sarah Gavin followed by Elzke Hoehler who came home first and second. Well done to everyone who took part especially some of the older peeps such as Chris Sutton, Brian Balleine, Laurent Weber, Martin Wilkinson, Mike Stevens, Geoff Cornwall, Bill McFarland and Celine Macken who can still put in a very good performance and prove that age is just a number.

Finally, well done to Kendall and Flashy Nation Sports and thank you to all sponsors and all volunteers who help make this a great event.

Sprint Triathlon
Males
Bib Place Name Swim T1 Bike T2 Run Finish
25 1. Ian Smith 12:56 00:22 35:40 00:25 26:15 1:15:40.4
150 2. Toby Bowles 11:47 02:08 40:10 00:29 22:59 1:17:35.5
54 3. Tom Parker 16:06 01:00 40:50 01:26 21:38 1:21:02.6
79 4. Laurent Weber 18:21 01:00 33:59 00:53 27:16 1:21:30.4
76 5. Kevin Connolly 15:28 01:35 35:32 00:57 28:18 1:21:52.6
49 6. Piotr Sokoluk 17:04 03:07 36:42 00:54 25:00 1:22:49.6
230 7. Martin Wilkinson 14:35 01:39 40:20 01:44 24:32 1:22:52.6
154 8. Jimmy Dontas 14:06 01:42 39:00 00:42 27:35 1:23:07.3
18 9. Brian Balleine 13:39 01:31 39:05 00:59 28:28 1:23:44.4
234 10. Marco Miranda 16:29 01:10 41:15 01:20 24:48 1:25:04.9
85 11. Shane Delaney 16:29 01:07 40:18 00:58 29:09 1:28:03.5
172 12. Mark Miranda 17:47 02:45 43:06 00:34 24:35 1:28:49.8
29 13. Alex Wood 15:10 01:42 43:14 01:20 27:53 1:29:20.9
15 14. Aaron Haylock 16:04 01:50 43:14 02:57 29:41 1:33:48.0
3 15. Robbie Cribb 17:14 02:57 47:22 00:20 27:04 1:35:00.1
53 16. Jojo Besana 23:37 02:29 43:14 01:08 30:57 1:41:27.0
37 17. Thomas Salzar 23:11 01:29 44:55 01:18 31:28 1:42:24.2
24 18. Gordon Procter 17:15 02:14 47:23 00:58 37:36 1:45:28.1
Females
Bib Place Name Swim T1 Bike T2 Run Finish
70 1. Laura Hicks 12:29 00:40 38:12 00:36 23:21 1:15:20.5
50 2. Amy Strzalko 13:37 01:01 39:25 00:43 25:34 1:20:22.5
19 3. Alicia Proud 12:53 01:15 40:13 01:10 26:26 1:21:59.4
9 4. Justine Plenkiewicz 16:57 00:45 39:52 00:41 25:36 1:23:53.7
72 5. Celine Macken 17:18 01:02 39:02 01:59 30:42 1:30:04.3
40 6. Farrah Sbaiti 15:13 02:28 44:17 00:36 28:10 1:30:45.1
89 7. Genevieve Georgiades 12:50 01:28 47:03 01:19 28:05 1:30:46.7
162 8. Jalene Cruz 21:49 01:56 42:28 01:27 28:05 1:35:46.3
82 9. Tina Nonato 18:55 02:04 59:17 01:01 41:31 2:02:51.0
27 10. Maria Kharitidi 21:40 02:38 56:01 00:57 45:17 2:06:35.2
 
Olympic Triathlon
Males
Bib Place Name Swim T1 Bike T2 Run Finish
61 1. Ali King 26:39 00:30 1:07:55 00:28 35:41 2:11:15.2
71 2. Stuart Bray 21:53 00:31 1:06:29 00:56 42:41 2:12:32.2
69 3. Jamie Hughes 22:39 00:24 1:05:29 00:31 46:29 2:15:34.8
204 4. Graham Blyth 24:44 01:01 1:11:05 00:51 50:27 2:28:10.3
233 5. Gavin Gray 25:37 00:49 1:09:57 00:50 55:24 2:32:40.9
77 6. Chris  Sutton 33:41 00:59 1:09:39 01:02 47:41 2:33:05.2
88 7. Cesar Rico Aparil 33:33 01:12 1:14:06 00:50 48:17 2:38:00.2
12 8. Mike Stevens 34:07 01:20 1:15:13 01:19 51:57 2:43:57.9
42 9. Jeremy Superfine 26:35 02:01 1:20:41 01:40 55:16 2:46:14.5
63 10. Johann Prinsloo 23:45 01:07 1:12:00 00:45 1:08:41 2:46:21.2
80 11. Geoff Cornwall 29:56 02:23 1:20:37 01:40 51:47 2:46:25.3
11 12. Shane Gavin 26:21 01:02 1:18:44 01:19 59:28 2:46:56.8
68 13. Sean Hill 34:15 01:06 1:19:19 01:23 53:09 2:49:14.3
166 14. William McFarland 23:48 01:09 1:15:16 02:14 1:08:21 2:50:50.6
56 15. Denis Murphy 33:44 01:15 1:26:41 01:07 1:04:57 3:07:46.5
165 16. Rudolf Hoehler 31:17 03:48 1:30:56 02:15 1:03:17 3:11:36.0
41 Jarladth Travers 31:56 DNF
Females
2 1. Sarah Gavin 28:14 01:20 1:25:39 01:37 1:01:27 2:58:18.9
26 2. Elzke Hoehler 30:04 02:32 1:33:24 01:43 1:03:00 3:10:45.9
Team Triathlon 
91 1. Organized Chaos 20:13 00:25 1:04:57 00:24 36:09 2:02:10.4
38 2. 2 Buoys and a Gull 20:12 00:34 1:05:51 00:23 41:20 2:08:22.3
 
Duathlon – Run Bike Run
Males
Bib Place Name Run 1 T1 Bike T2 Run 2 Finish
156 1. Marlon Crowe 12:21 00:44 36:05 00:37 22:18 1:12:07.6
164 2. Radz Intrepid 12:43 00:55 35:41 00:42 25:56 1:15:59.5
228 3. Robert Powell 13:26 00:52 37:49 00:50 24:25 1:17:24.6
65 4. Matteo Manfio 13:33 01:01 42:14 00:42 25:42 1:23:14.4
17 5. Dennis Senga 15:13 00:57 38:59 00:56 29:15 1:25:24.2
58 6. Andrew Morrison 14:25 01:08 46:04 01:21 25:34 1:28:34.9
90 7. Ian Dilbert 14:30 00:46 46:27 02:23 26:09 1:30:17.4
23 8. Neil Samson 18:13 00:45 43:15 00:42 30:49 1:33:46.7
57 9. Gibson Edwards 18:18 02:15 45:43 04:28 1:03:30 2:14:16.6
8 Enrico Carmassi 12:18 00:32 DNF
Females
Bib Place Name Run 1 T1 Bike T2 Run 2 Finish
6 1. Anita Warhurst 13:33 00:40 44:47 00:34 22:31 1:22:06.8
47 2. Louise Carroll 14:13 00:52 45:23 01:29 23:30 1:25:30.5
28 3. Renata Kecskes 14:16 00:40 47:23 00:40 25:34 1:28:35.0
Duathlon Team 
Bib Place Name Run 1 T1 Bike T2 Run 2 Finish
55 1. Jaguar 12:23 00:28 36:13 00:14 21:41 1:11:01.4
78 2. Uncle Bill’s 15:27 00:28 37:27 00:16 25:07 1:18:47.7
152 3. Fast like a Turtle 20:51 00:35 41:23 00:19 39:38 1:42:48.4