Morgan and Ruscheinski win 2014 BVI Steelman

By BVI Triathlon Federation

BVI Tri Steelman 2014. Photo: Broadsword Communications

BVI Tri Steelman 2014. Photo: Broadsword Communications

On Saturday, Richard Morgan won his second BVI Steelman title and Tash Ruscheinski, hot off her recent Semi Steel win, her first. Richard covered the 51.5km race in 2 hours, 42 minutes and 30 seconds, while Tash completed the course in 2 hours, 51 minutes and 54 seconds. Neither of last year’s winners – Chris Ghiorse and Gillian Howe – defended their titles.

Guy Williamson, Richard’s nearest challenger, exited the swim a mere 15 seconds behind Richard and was well into the nine-lap ride around Beef Island, when he rode into a bike-eating pothole puncturing both tires and forcing him to retire. For the remainder of the race, Richard was able to take his foot off the gas.
Adrian Dale and Simon Cook rounded out the podium places for the Mens division, while Kay Reddy and Jenny McIvor were second and third in the Ladies division.

Richard won his first Steelman in 2012.

Four  teams competed – The Three Stooges, Drink Strong, Manuel’s Angels, and Team Carroll – with the Three Stooges (Paul Waldron, Laurent Keeble-Buckle and Dan Mitchell), taking the victory.

The BVI Steelman is an Olympic distance race with a 1.5km swim, 40km ride and 10km run, the last and most challenging event of the BVI Triathlon Federations’s annual calendar.

The Mens and Ladies records set in 2007 and 20111 respectively still stand: Mens: Chris Ghiorse, 2:27:03, 2007; Womens: Sally Blackmore, 2:49:45, 2011.

ABRIDGED RESULTS
Mens Indiviudal
Richard Morgan 2:42:30
, Adrian Dale 2:51:26
, Simon Cook 2:56:06
, Guy Williamson DNF

Ladies Individual
Tash Ruscheinski 2:51:54, 
Kay Reddy 2:58:17
, Jenny McIvor 3:02:13
, Rhiannon Jones N/A

Teams

The Three Stooges (Paul Waldron, Laurent Keeble-Buckle, Dan Mitchell) 2:37:54
, Drink Strong (Chris, Jonathan, Ciaran) 2:41:09
, Manuel’s Angels (Tia, Aurelie, Manuel) 3:03:05,    
Team Carroll (Sarah, Simon, Grant) 3:05:42

Full results

Event photos

Richard Morgan and Sue Tucker new national champions

10253876_635161243239738_7300764820443762143_nIn the BVI Triathlon’s National Sprint Champs held on Saturday, Richard Morgan, 2012 national champion, regained his men’s title. Sue Tucker became the Ladies champion, setting a new course record, which was also broken by the second and third place ladies too.

Morgan clocked a time of 1 hour, 16 minutes and 16 seconds, taking the title from last year’s winner Russel Crumpler. Crumpler didn’t defend his title but Morgan’s time was just under three and half minutes faster than Crumpler’s 2013 winning time and just under two minutes faster than his 2012 time. Guy Williamson was a scant 1 minute and 2 seconds behind Morgan for second place and Adrian Dale was third.

Sue Tucker with a finish time of 1 hour, 19 minutes and 13 seconds shattered the freshly minted 2013 ladies record set by Kat Crumpler last year. She took a considerable 3 minutes and 52 seconds off the record; Crumpler had taken almost three minutes off the record last year. Second placer Tash Ruschenski and third placer Gillian Howe also broke the 2013 record. The ladies field is getting faster and faster; there is now only 5 minutes and 37 seconds between the men’s and ladies’ records. The ladies have taken almost 8 minutes off their record since 2011.

Chris Ghiorse remains the course record holder with a time of 1:13:36 set in 2011.

Team Commonwealth won the team event with a time of 1 hour, 11 minutes and 32 seconds.

The event was held at Sandy Ground boatyard, Soper’s Hole. The event comprised a 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike ride and a five-kilometre run.

Next event on the BVI Triathlon Federation calendar is the Peter Island Athlon on June 14, details will be published shortly.

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Potgieter and Spencer top first Semi Steel

Anthony Spencer, Semi-Steel man 2013. (Photo credit: Broadsword Communications)

Anthony Spencer, Semi-Steel man 2013.
(Photo credit: Broadsword Communications)

In the inaugural Semi Steel, Jules Potgieter, who is currently dominating the women’s field in the 10k running series, completed her first triathlon and topped the women’s division. Seasoned old dog Antony Spencer won the men’s division.

Putting in a very creditable time of 1:14:13, Jules created the women’s benchmark time for this new event. However, it was very much a race against herself as she was the only woman to compete as an individual.

Antony comfortably won the men’s division despite his fears at the run transition with a time 1:04:37. He beat the current BVI National Sprint Triathlon Champion Russell Crumpler, by 2 minutes and 34 seconds. Adrian Dale was third, one minute and 48 seconds behind Russell.

Iain Walker and Mariano Lopez joined Jules Potgieter in completing their first triathlon.
Three teams contested the team division with Worth A Tri (Emily Titchmarsh, Debbie Bell, Kat Crumpler) winning, Government House second and Island Girls third.

There was a small turnout for this event with a number of potential competitors away, injured, or possibly saving their powder for the BVI Steelman on December 7th.

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Summer Sunset Series for Triathalon Enthusiasts

summer-sunset-series-photoThe BVI Triathlon Federation will be holding an unofficial bonus Summer Series for training and fun during June and July – the Summer Sunset Series. The races will be duathlon-style and be either Swim/Bike, Bike/Run, or Swim/Run. The races will be held on the National Sprint Championships course and will be the Sprint distances – 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike, five-kilometre run. The races, for individuals only, will start Saturday evenings at 5pm at Sandy Spit, West End, and should only take about an hour.

The Series will comprise six races with the best of four to score:

  • June 15 – Swim/Bike
  • June 22 – Bike/Run
  • June 29 – Swim/Run
  • July 13 – Swim/Bike
  • July 20 – Bike/Run
  • July 27 – Swim/Run

Formula One scoring will be used:

1st : 25 points 2nd : 18 points 3rd : 15 points 4th : 12 points 5th : 10 points 6th : 8 points 7th : 6 points 8th : 4 points 9th : 2 points 10th : 1 point

Because of the unofficial nature of the events, there will be no entry fees, no prizes, no water provided, and no timekeeping beyond scoring positions! Bring a cooler for post-race refreshment or adjourn to the Fish N Lime…

Crumplers crowned Champs at National Sprint Championships

Sprint ChampsIn the 12th annual National Sprint Championships, a sprint distance triathlon, husband and wife team Russell and Kat Crumpler cleaned up in their respective mens and ladies divisions in their first BVI triathlon competition. Russell completed the 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike ride and a five-kilometre run in one hour and 19 minutes and 44 seconds and his wife the same distance in 1 hour, 23 minutes and 5 seconds.  This event, which was held on Saturday at Sandy Spit, Soper’s Hole, saw record attendance with 10 in the men’s division, 7 in the ladies division, and 10 teams.

Last year’s individuals winner defended their titles but both lost their crowns.  Richard Morgan, was second coming in 45 seconds after Crumpler and Adrian Dale was third, nipping at Morgan’s heels and only 24 seconds behind at the finish. 2012 ladies champ, Kay Reddy, was kept from the podium this year by a bevy of new triathletes and placed fourth.  Gillian Howe was second, a mere 18 seconds behind Crumpler, and Natasha Ruscheinski was third.

Team Pacific Dragon (Hayley Berry, Dan Mitchell, Mark Jones) cleaned up in their division, finishing just under three minutes ahead of Deloitte 2 who, in turn, were two minutes ahead of Deloitte 3.

Richard Morgan, off-form with injury, can seek solace in the fact that Crumpler was one minute and 35 seconds short of his 2012 winning time.  However, both are some way off Chris Ghiorse’s 2011 winning time of 1 hour, 13 minutes and 13 seconds.

The men’s times need to improve to match the record pace being set in the ladies division which are are getting faster each year. In 2012 Kay Reddy took the BVI Sprint Champs title by obliterating the 2011 winning time set by Carolina Pettigrew by 4 minutes and 46 seconds.  Kat Crumpler’s took the winning time forward again this year knocking another 2 minutes and 57 seconds off the previous course record.

Ravi Sukhu and Katrina Crumpler win 10k race at Beef Island

Ravi Sukhu cropRavi Sukhu won his second successive race in the Ceres Juices 10K Series on Saturday, taking the race that started and ended at Long Bay Beach, Beef Island, in 41 minutes and 34 seconds.

Katrina Crumpler – third overall – won the women’s division in 43:34.

The course took runners from Long Bay Beach, past the airport and over to the entrance of Minine’s Plants, before returning to Tortola, with a trek to Rite Way in East End.

Runners finished the course running on the sand at the water’s edge.