Labour Minister attends Port St Charles Sprint Triathlon

The Barbados Federation of Island Triathletes (BFIT) hosted yet another Age Group Sprint and Sprint Relay over the weekend at Port St. Charles Yacht Club, St. Peter.

1st place female Ashley Weekes sprint

1st place female, Ashley Weekes – sprint (IMAGE COURTESY: Alison Ince)

welcomed Labour Minister & the MP for St. Peter – Colin Jordan, who attended among many other supporters on a hot day for the second annual Triathlon and Breakfast event at the picturesque location.

1st place male Niel Skinner sprint

1st place male, Niel Skinner – sprint (IMAGE COURTESY: Alison Ince)

The event commenced at 6:30 a.m. with the Sprint Triathlon and Sprint Relay – a swim course of 750m, followed by a challenging and technical bike course of 20km and a run course of 5km – which featured the ‘hill‘ from Six Men’s Bay via Colleton to the roundabout at St. Lucy’s Church and back down the same, not once but twice.

Swim start

Swim start, (IMAGE COURTESY: Terry Lowe)

The Sprint Triathlon was dominated by JEAP Emerging Athletes Niel Skinner and Eric Lashley, who finished 1 and 2 in 1 hour 12 minutes and 1 hour 13 minutes respectively. George Austin, reigning National Champion at 50 years old, grabbed 3rd place 13 seconds behind second place finisher Eric Lashley. Ashley Weekes was the first female to finish (5th overall finish) in a time of 1 hour and 17 minutes.

In the Sprint Relay, “Bright Ones” a team which comprised of Alison Pile, Thomas Wingrove and Paul Marshall captured first with a four minute lead (1 hr 12 minutes) over second-place finishers “Firecrackers” (Mandy Garcia, Sedwin Jones and Michelle Bell) who finished in 1 hr and 16 minutes.

In the newly introduced “Try-a-tri” event (400m swim, 10km bike and 2.5km run) a great race for youth and beginners, the Barbados Youth CAFITA squad competed and represented well capturing the top 10 spots in the field which welcomed 16 competitors. Christopher Pollard age 15, seized the top spot in 38 minutes, followed by Luke McIntyre and Fynn Armstrong, both 11 in 41 and 42 minutes respectively. Kayla Renwick topped the females (7th overall) with a time of 45 minutes.

Transition 1

Transition (IMAGE COURTESY: Terry Lowe)

After the event, many of the participants relaxed and enjoyed a sumptuous buffet breakfast enjoyed at Pier One restaurant, one of Barbados’ premium waterfront dining destination.

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