Stroke & Stride's popularity grows as triathletes limber up

Christine Gibbs, organizer of the A Step Ahead Physiotherapy Stroke & Stride series, is pleased that another staging of the popular event went well. 

The series marks the start of the triathlon season with three weekly swims and runs at Sunset House. 

It was won for the second consecutive year by Matthew Courtis, a 20-year-old Oxford University engineering student. Marius Acker was second and Ben Creasey third. 

“Stroke & Stride has always been an exciting and inspiring event and this year did not disappoint,” Gibbs said. “With the top finishers battling it out in a dramatic finish, and countless others persevering through tough sea conditions and hot weather to finish strong and proud, it was another amazing event.” 

Gibbs said that she was pleased that numerous volunteers and spectators assisted on the course and motivated the athletes. 

She added, “The Sunset House deck was standing room only to watch and cheer. “A Step Ahead Physiotherapy was proud to sponsor Stroke & Stride again this year and we are already looking forward to next year’s event.” 

Chip timing, sponsored by Dinner Martin Attorneys, was used for the first time and went smoothly. 

Gibbs added, “I must say thanks to all the sponsors of the top finishers; Calypso Grill, Copper Falls, Luca and Ragazzi and all the raffle prize donators.” 

Keith Sahm, Sunset House general manager, said, “Sunset House was happy again to host this event. 

“We have hosted this event from the very beginning and look forward to next year. It is part of Sunset House’s old school Caymanian hospitality that the Briggs family (the owners) still believes in.” 

Stroke & Stride entrants prepare for the swim. - PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

Stroke & Stride entrants prepare for the swim. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

Christine Gibbs

Christine Gibbs