Racing recap

Triathletes head to the water for the 2018 Cayman Islands Triathlon. Olympic Distance winner Patrick Harfield is nearest to camera.

In recent weeks, there have been some impressive performances on the road and in the open water with the 2018 Cayman Islands Triathlon and Pirates Week events taking place.

Patrick Harfield stormed his way to the finish line to take the top spot in the Olympic Distance event at the triathlon on 4 November for the second straight year and third time overall. He completed the 1,500-metre swim off Seven Mile Beach, followed by a 24.8-mile bike ride around a loop on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway and a 6.2 mile run on West Bay Road in two hours 14 minutes and 28 seconds. Phillip McCatty was second (2:15:39) and Jaimie Hughes third (2:17:55).

Nadine Gray won the women’s event for the second straight year. She finished with a time of 2:32:56 beating friendly rival Alyssa Dodson (2:35:50) into second place. Michelle Bailey, who was the winner of the sprint distance a year earlier, was third (2:48:15).

The winners of the 2018 sprint event for 2018, completing a 750-metre swim, 12.4-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run in 1:17:10 was Kent Burgess. Maggie Tomlin was the female winner in 1:29:17.

Meantime, Harfield added to his hardware collection as the winner of the Pirates Week 5K on 9 November in 17 minutes 16.6 seconds. Ryan Poingdestre was second and Levi Superville third.

Tiffany Cole was the female Pirates Week 5K winner in 20:21.9. Ava Hider was second and Nadine Gray third.

Two days later for the To Hell and Back 10K, Juan Pablo Valerio, who was fourth in the 5K, showed he is back in full health after a scare with his heart earlier in the year. He took the top spot 38:52.3 ahead of 345 Athletic Club teammates Wyatt Bodden and Superville. Lauren Hogan was the first women’s finisher.

In the water on 10 November was the 38th Annual Pirates Week 5K open water race sponsored by KPMG. Alex Dakers edged Stingray Swim Club teammate Jake Bailey to win in 59:54. American Olympian Sean Ryan was among the 24 swimmers who competed in the race off Seven Mile Beach.

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