Pembroke Triathlon preliminary results, race report and photos

Travers wins Games Test event

 A near record 67 athletes lined up in glorious, summer-like conditions to take part in the Guernsey Triathlon Club’s first race in the Ana Leaf Foundation summer triathlon series.

The Club had two race distances on offer, the shorter super sprint consisting of a 500m swim, a 20k bike and a 2.5k run and also the traditional Olympic distance version, hosted earlier than usual in the season to give the E.I. Sturdza Island Games Triathlon Squad their final race prep ahead of the Jersey Games.

With most of the Island Games squad participating, the race was always going to be exciting and it did not disappoint.

 James Travers made the trip over from Bristol with his wife Daisy and given his current form he was always going to be favourite for the win. However, It was swim specialist Bob Guilbert who exited the water first after the 1500m swim, some distance ahead of Travers.

Slightly further back emerged a pack including the returning Gail King with James Gower and Alan Rowe keeping her company.

Out of T1 and on to the bike Guilbert was wondering how long he would enjoy pole position for, given Travers biking prowess and to be fair to Guilbert he held on until after the half way point at the Imperial Hotel before Travers took the lead. In third place Rowe was chasing Guilbert down with Gower in fourth with Mat Dorrian keeping him company.

Needless to say Travers would not be giving up his first place easily and onto the run he continued to increase the gap on Guilbert during the 10k run, consisting of 4 laps of a 2.5k course, and finished in a fast time of 2.00.49.  

 Travers said of his first race on local soil for some time: ‘It was enjoyable to return to Guernsey and race on home soil with the team prior to the Island Games. It was another solid build up race to the Island Games 2015 with conditions perfect for racing. Bob Guilbert showed some good early pace in the swim, which I wasn't able to match, so I just got my head down on the fast bike course and managed to overturn a deficit by the turn point at The Imperial. Then into a brisk headwind on the return I endeavoured to build a lead before the run where I focused on my rhythm and holding off any late surges from Alan Rowe.

“My final warm up race is next weekend at Deva prior to the Island Games, and I feel like I'm finding my form for three weeks’ time where I hope to race strongly.”

Rowe caught Guilbert who was clearly suffering with cramp, during the closing stages of the run to finish second with Guilbert placing third. Rowe has been coaching a number of Games athletes in the build up to Jersey 2015.

 ‘I was really pleased with my race today – I can't fault it.  I had a good swim where I had been worried about the effect the water might have on me being so cold for the time of year.  

“I held my third position on the bike and once on the run I whittled away the lead that Bob had on me and finally caught and passed him in the last kilometre.  There was no danger of me catching the winner James who is a class apart now.  So overall I was very pleasing with how it went and how I felt.  I have some more hard sessions to do before we taper into the Games and it's encouraging to see good performances all round in the Island Games team.

 Gower finished fourth having increased the gap and stayed clear of Dorrian who finished fifth. First non-games athlete was David Ainger who came home in an impressive sixth place.

 The woman's race was similarly hotly contested with Guernsey's most experienced triathlete Gail King making a welcome return after a lengthy spell off due to injury. Island Games duo Amy Critchlow and Magdalena Puzio were also on the start line. King was out of the water quickly and exited T1 with Critchlow and Puzio following behind. A mechanical 100m out of transition saw Puzio passing Critchlow almost immediately with the latter working on a dropped chain.

After crossing the line first King said:  ‘My whole race went well – I felt strong in all three disciplines (even the run which is usually my worst). I know I’ve lost some speed over the past two years and therefore wanted to get round respectably, so to be first lady was a real bonus.’

Puzio finished as second lady with Critchlow withdrawing after the bike leg having made a couple of minor course errors.

In the super sprint race youngster Josh Thornton led from gun to tape and was never really troubled with a strong swim and equally impressive bike and run times. Veteran athlete Jos Ensink took second place with Mark Parsons third.

First lady in the sprint event was the very capable Laura McCarthy.  

Club president Mark Naftel said: ‘It’s great to see the sport on a high like today, lots of Novice athletes taking part in their first open water triathlon on the same start line as our club elite athletes ahead of Jersey 2015. I have to thank all the volunteers who helped today, Guernsey SUP school and the kayakers, we couldn’t have this quality of sport in Guernsey without these people. I am looking forward to Jersey now to see how our team performs’.

The next race on the local triathlon calendar is on Sunday 5 July at Petit Bot bay with a junior event the day before at St Sampson High school for 8 – 13 year olds. 

Well done to everyone who took part and helped in the Pembroke Olympic and Super-Sprint race.

A massive turnout and some sun too!

preliminary results are now up, splits to follow  

Andy Dovey took some excellent photos on his site here

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