Matthew Courtis retains Stroke & Stride title

Matthew Courtis retained his A Step Ahead Physiotherapy Stroke & Stride title with a second consecutive win of the three-race event at Sunset House on Wednesday night. 

The 20-year-old Barbadian could have come as low as third and still been champ. After slowing on the run leg and almost being caught by Marius Acker before speeding up, he was pleased to be champion again. Acker, the former multiple champ, was runner-up in the series.  

Ben Creasey won the first week’s event which was a 400 meter open water swim and 2-mile run, but Courtis, the far better swimmer, beat him in the second race when it was a 600m swim followed by the 2-mile run along South Church Street. Acker was third in the first race and second last week. 

Creasey turned up for the third race but did not compete because of shin splints and other niggling injuries. He could only have battled for second place with Acker anyway, because the swim was 800m this time.  

Courtis totalled 29 points, Acker got 26 and Creasey (18) was third. Osmin “Juice” Gomez (17) came fourth and 17-year-old Brandon Williams (14) was fifth.  

For a second consecutive week, the whole Courtis family participated as Matthew’s brother Chris, 21, swam and dad Tim ran in a team race. Mom Caroline Courtis did the run stretch after teaming up with swimmer Jim McNichols.  

The women’s race was won by Elaine Kerr who scored 27 points. She was third on Wednesday, came second the first week and won the second race so her points total was enough to take the title. 

Nadine Gray (23) was second and Nanine Lourens (22) third. Andrea Kilam-Higgo only entered two of the three races and still managed to come fourth with 17 points. She was fourth in the second week’s race and won this week’s.  

The team title went to Cat and Brad who finished with 28 points, closely followed by Sinclarino on 27. Fit Freakz (20) were third and Carjam (19) fourth.  

Matthew Courtis retained his title quite easily. - PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

Matthew Courtis retained his title quite easily. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

Marius Acker almost caught Courtis on the run leg.

Marius Acker almost caught Courtis on the run leg.

Elaine Kerr is the women

Elaine Kerr is the women’s champ.
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