The Guernsey triathlon team – sponsored by Eric Sturdza Investments – did not disappoint at the biennial 2019 NatWest International Island Games held in Gibraltar, opening the week long competition with two Gold and two Silver medals.
The “beautifully brutal” course did not disappoint with a 1,500m 2-lap swim course (with a run up a steep beach between laps), a 40km 5-lap bike course with each lap consisting of two challenging climbs and a 10km run in temperatures approaching 25 degrees.
First up was the men’s race which saw a close affair through the swim and bike before Josh Lewis powered away on the run to take the Individual Gold medal. James Travers came home in 7th place with Dan Galpin in 15th securing Team Silver for the guys. Aivis Kergalvis, Josh Thornton and Dave Mosley finished in 22nd, 32nd and 33rd respectively.
The women’s race was much more spread out with Megan Chapple taking 2nd place (and Silver Medal) from Amy Critchlow early into the hilly bike and remaining there for the duration in a relatively lonely race. Critchlow eventually finished 4th with Chantal Green coming 12th to secure the Women’s Team Gold. Emily Squire was unfortunately forced to retire during the run due to injury.
“This is the first time the Guernsey triathlon team have topped the medals and can’t thank Eric Sturdza Investments enough for their continued support.” Sean Murphy, Triathlon Team Manager – Guernsey.
We would like to congratulate all of the participants of the Gibraltar 2019 NatWest International Island Games and are very proud and honoured to be able to sponsor the Guernsey triathlon teams.
Photo by Jorge Romero.