Cop Gabe shot through the field

New
sponsor, new location and lots of new faces. The annual duathlon attracted 104
entrants and had a fresh feel but it was more or less all the old faces who
took the honours.

Organised
by the Cayman Islands Triathlon Association, headed by Larry Walters, the sun
blazed even at the 7am start, yet they were all up for it.

Two
miles running from Hurley’s at Grand Harbour along South Sound and back before
cycling the 12 mile round trip to Newlands. Then it was another two mile run to
complete A.L. Thompson’s Duathlon. Celine Macken helped put it all together and
still found the time and energy to compete.

Many
did it as teams and others were brave and fit enough to go solo. Props to them
all in scorching conditions.

Rodger
Yeomans had a gas in an eye catching outfit, a Heinz Baked Beans jersey. He
said he had a blast. (On his bike Rodger was almost disqualified for being too
wind assisted.)

Fire
arms policeman Gabe Rabess went off like a shot and was an arresting sight as
he breezed home fastest of the male competitors. He may be Old Bill but he
performed like Billy Whizz.

Rabess
said some months ago that he intended to be a major force on the multi-event
scene this year and he has certainly started off well. Fifth in the Irish Jog
two weeks ago, he is not ramping as the Jamaicans say.

“This
was my second duathlon, I’ve missed a few due to work,” Rabess said. He was
second to Marius Acker before.

“I
didn’t expect to win, just wanted to enjoy it really,” Rabess said. “I wanted
to do under an hour and finished in about 56 or 57 minutes.

“I
want to try and compete in more race events this year. Work commitments and
personal things got in the way the past couple of years.

“Now
I want to do as many races as I can and I’m intending to do the Stroke and
Stride at the end of the year. My long, long, long-term goal is to do an
ultra-marathon (usually between 50 and 100 mile run). I’ve been talking to
Jasper Mikkelsen about that.”

South
African pair Johann Prinsloo and Acker won the team event as the Scatterlings.

Acker
is Cayman’s second fastest road runner behind Scott Brittain and Prinsloo is
useful on the bike although he hasn’t competed for a few years, so they were
the hot favourites at the start.

They
won in around 50 minutes and 30 seconds. Acker is always in the top three
whether he races alone or not. This time round he just fancied the run.

Acker
said: “I haven’t cycled for a while, been kiteboarding a lot, so decided to
pair up with Johann. Anyway, it’s more social as a team.”

Their
team name is in deference to the millions of South Africans scattered around
the world.

The
women’s individual race was won predictably 
by Julie Anne Pearson but she was pushed all the way by American visitor
Kristin Siudak from Wisconsin.

It
was only Pearson’s sprint finish on the stretch by Hurley’s that gave her the
edge.

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The start was in blazing sunshine.
Photo: Ron Shillingford
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