The first St Lucia Triathlon took place on the island this weekend as almost 150 international and local triathletes raced at the beautiful Landings resort. The triathlon attracted competitors from the UK, USA, Martinique, Trinidad and Tobago and elsewhere in the Caribbean who raced over various distances. The event also included a kid’s triathlon and aquathlon which attracted a host of local kids, many of whom are coached by St Lucian Olympic swimmer and race director Jamie Peterkin.
The St Lucia Triathlon course included a swim in the beautiful clear waters of Rodney Bay, a tough hilly bike ride and finally a flat run to Pigeon Island and back. Event distances included:
• The Dagger: 200m swim, 6.6km bike, 2.5km run
• The Pistol: 750m swim, 13.2km bike, 5km run
• The Cutlass: 1500m swim, 26.4km bike, 10km run
• For the Children’s events there was a 100m swim, an 800m bike and an 800m run as their challenge.
In The Dagger distance it was Alan Owen from the UK who emerged the winner in a time of 38:24 Alan was closely followed by Adrian Pinville who finished just 17 seconds behind (38:41) followed by Graham Wallhead who finished in 47:22. In the women’s race it was Laurence Zali who emerged the winner in 39:52 followed by Anya Haules who crossed the line almost 10 minutes later in 49:43. Anya was followed by Florence Skinner who took third place in a time of 50:12.
In The Pistol distance athletes from Martinique took the honour of taking the top three places. Gaetan Fetaud took top place over this distance in a time of 58:08 followed by teammate Zozime Krostan in 1:03:02 who finished 2 minutes faster than third place Yanmick Dugain (1:05:49). Matilde Batailler was the fastest women in The Pistol distance and crossed the line in 1:10:07. She was followed by Luan Mahoney who finished in a time of 1:23:11. Third place was awarded to Melanie Philips in 1:27:59.
It was local Caribbean athlete Thierry Blacodon who won The Cutless in 2:12:54. Just over a minute later Daniel DeGeoigio crossed the line to take second place in a time of 2:14:15. Third place was awarded to Max Joncart in 2:26:45. In the ladies race it was Donna Graham who took the honour of winning the longest distance in a time of 2:41:22. Donna was followed by Natalie Chaud who finished in 2:45:02 and it was Ingeborg Oie who crossed the line third in 2:51:35.
There were also a number of adult relay teams that competed across all distances and there were also 35 kids who took part in a childrens triathlon and aquathlon. The kids events in particular created a fantastic atmosphere as parents and lots of locals gathered to cheer on our youngest triathletes.
As well as event ambassador and Double Gold Olympic champion Daley Thompson, the St Lucia Triathlon attracted a number of dignitaries including Her Excellency Dame Pearl Louisy, Minister for Tourism Lorne Theophilus and also Louis Lewis (Director of Tourism for the island) who took part in the triathlon. Human Race were also thrilled to welcome IOC member and St Lucian, Richard Peterkin and prize winners were delighted to receive their prizes from our special guests.
Event ambassador Daley Thompson said: “I am delighted to be involved with the first annual St Lucia Triathlon which has been a phenomenal success. All the athletes had a fantastic time and enjoyed competing in such a stunning location and I look forward to being involved in the triathlon for many years to come.”
The St Lucia Triathlon which was the brain child of John Lunt, Adam Gobat and Daley Thompson is culmination of a week-long schedule of events that included a 5k run, sea swim and aquathlon, as well as a boat trip and pre and post race parties. The St Lucia Triathlon is an annual event and will take place again on the beautiful Caribbean island in Nov 2014. To be the first to hear about next year’s event and register your interest, check out their website.