The cozy setting of Binbrook Conservation Area set the stage for an incredible day of racing on Saturday June 7.
As with Woodstock, a speedy and talented field of athletes gathered for the Sprint Triathlon (750 m swim, 30 km bike, 7.5 km run), and the overall winner repeated his successful come from behind pattern yet again in the second race of the MultiSport Canada’s Triathlon Series.
Derek Quick (St. George) and David Dorian (Toronto) led the charge out of Lake Niapenco in 9:45 but Richmond Hill’s Andrew Bolton and Hamilton’s Lionel Sanders soon chased them down. Bolton rode the top split of the day (42:22 averaging 42.5 km/hr), while Sanders was just behind 42:53). With just over one minute to make up on Bolton, Sanders threw down the top run of the day (24:47 – 3:19/km pace) to overtake Bolton for his second victory (1:19:39) in a row at the Recharge With Milk Triathlon Series, while also defending the Binbrook title he won last year over Cody Beals. Bolton held on for second (1:20:21), and Toronto’s Sjaan Gerth passed Mikael Staer Nathan in the final kilometre of the run to take third (1:23:40).
Top 5 Men – Binbrook Triathlon
- Lionel Sanders (Hamilton, ON) 1:19:39
- Andrew Bolton (Richmond Hill) 1:20:21
- Sjaan Gerth (Toronto) 1:23:40
- Mikael Staer Nathan (Toronto) 1:23:55
- Mike Greenberg (Toronto) 1:26:02
The women’s race featured a close battle Toronto’s Michelle Pearlman and Guelph’s Jennifer Bradwin. The two were in a virtual dead heat after the swim and bike, but Pearlman separated herself from Bradwin with a final run of 31:39 (the top women’s run of the day) to claim the victory in 1:35:25. Bradwin took second (1:37:21), and Toronto’s Phaedra Kennedy finished third (1:40:55).
Top 5 Women – Binbrook Triathlon
- Michelle Pearlman (Toronto, ON) 1:35:25
- Jennifer Bradwin (Guelph) 1:37:21
- Phaedra Kennedy (Toronto) 1:40:55
- Amanda Switzer (London) 1:41:03
- Faye Armstrong (Woodbridge) 1:41:51
In the Duathlon (5 km run, 30 km bike, 5 km run), Mississauga’s Larry Bradley successfully defended his title. Bradley claimed to be shaking off some rust but he looked just fine leading from start to finish. He opened with the fastest run of 19:25 to break away from Garvin Moses (a fellow Mississaugan on the rise in the sport of duathlon), then rode the top split of 47:33 to grow his lead, and finished with another top split of 20:48 to easily hold onto first in 1:28:49. Moses finished second in 1:33:16, and Toronto’s Darren Cooney, another athlete on the rise this year, secured third (1:34:12).
Top 5 Men – Binbrook Duathlon
- Larry Bradley (Mississauga, ON) 1:28:49
- Garvin Moses (Mississauga) 1:33:16
- Darren Cooney (Toronto) 1:34:12
- Parichit Bagga (Toronto) 1:34:43
- Michael Gratton (Burlington) 1:36:58
Toronto’s Garima Takyar, trailed fellow Torontonian (25:39) after the first run, but rode to the front of the race with the top women’s ride of 57:18. With a comfortable lead, Takyar ran the final 5km in 27:23 to take the victory in 1:53:17. Oakville’s Jillian McKay finished second (1:57:20), and Miriam Brouwer of Grimsby grabbed third (2:03:24).
Top 5 Women – Binbrook Duathlon
- Garima Takyar (Toronto, ON) 1:53:17
- Jillian McKay (Oakville) 1:57:20
- Miriam Brouwer (Grimsby) 2:03:24.1
- Lindsay Bos (Cambridge) 2:03:24.2
- Kristina Alvero (Toronto) 2:04:17
Get the full Binbrook Race Results.