BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Seven athletes represented Grenada on Sunday at the Barbados International Triathlon.
Lucy Murchie won the sprint race over all in impressive style, Philip Clift won his age group and Calum Noel came second in his age group and sixth overall, improving on his previous times by almost ten minutes. He was by far the youngest competitor in the field.
In the Olympic distance race, Marc DeCaul finished a close second overall after leading much of the race and having the fastest bike split. Chris Regis finished a very commendable third and had the fastest swim of the day. Inga Karasek managed to hold off all but one to bring home the overall silver. Hot on her heels in third place was Helen Raithby.
Head coach DeCaul said, "Seeing the rest of the team out on the course doing well and all wearing the Grenada colours made it easy to work hard out there. I found my inspiration from the team. I'm certainly happy with my result but I am much more proud of them."
Top female finisher Inga Karasek said, "I didn't have my expectations too high, Marc, Helen and myself are racing in Miami soon along with five others and we have been focused on that. Instead of resting this week, we continued to train hard and had tired legs for the race. I'm really excited to be able to come second knowing I wasn't even at my fastest."
Eight members of the team, including three that raced in Barbados, are now looking ahead towards the Miami 70.3 race to be held on October 28. The 70.3 race is a half Ironman, consisting of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run. Two of the team will also be competing in a full Ironman, double the 70.3 race, in Mexico on November 25.
Locally the Tri de Spice team are hosting a Tag Team Triathlon in Grand Anse on November 3 and are encouraging everyone to come and join in or support. It is a very short fun triathlon.