Crumpler sets new record in taking his second Semi Steel

By BVI Triathlon Federation

Semi Steel 2015. Photo: Broadsword Communications

Semi Steel 2015. Photo: Broadsword Communications

In the third annual Semi Steel held on Sunday (November 2) on Beef Island, Russell Crumpler successfully defended his 2014 title and broke the course record established by Antony Spencer in 2013.

Crumpler completed the course in 1 hour, 3 minutes and 55 seconds, taking 42 seconds off the record.  Richard Morgan was second 59 seconds behind Crumpler. Tash Ruscheinski was first in the ladies division (1:17:47).

Crumpler was first of the two out of the water with a 39-second advantage. Morgan managed to turn the tables on Crumpler during the bike leg and gain a small 3-second lead. However, on the final run, Crumpler was able to put a minute between himself and Morgan to claim his second Semi Steel title and record.

I’m not the only one, the sole team, saw swimmer Martin Trott and runner Melissa Brunner recording the fastest times for the day in their legs.

Fifteen intrepid triathletes braved the rain, lightning, and wet roads to swim, bike, and run around Beef Island.

The Semi Steel, is a warm up event for the BVI Steelman which also takes place at Beef Island.
Final Results

Mens Individual

1 Russell Crumpler – 1hr03m55s

2 Richard Morgan – 1hr04m54s

3 Daniel Mitchell 1hr09m07s

4 Simon Cook – 1hr11m18s

5 Gary Salter – 1hr15m50s

6 James Drury – 1hr18m49s

7 Aaron Gardner – 1hr19m37s

8 Shane Donovan Bike – DNF

Ladies individual

1 Tash Ruscheinski – 1hr17m47s

2 Kerry dos Santos – 1hr22m41s

3 Sarah Carroll – 1hr28m11s

4 Cayley Smit – 1hr31m02s


1 I’m not the only one (Martin, Laurent, Melissa) – 1hr05m40s