MacDonald wins third Melmerby Triathlon


MELMERBY BEACH — Green Hill’s Ryan Shaun MacDonald has won his third Olympic race at the Melmerby Triathlon.

MacDonald was unchallenged on Sunday as he crossed the finish line in two hours, six minutes and two seconds. He finished nearly six minutes ahead of Carl Ripley of no known address who finished second in 2:11:59.

Shawn Noftall of Abercrombie placed third, as he did last year. His time this year was 2:17:24.

Clint Snell of New Glasgow was 10th overall and third local finisher.

MacDonald completed the swim portion 70 seconds ahead of Ripley and widened the lead to more than six minutes with his bike ride. His finishing time was slower than last year and faster than in 2017.

Ripley outpaced MacDonald by 11 seconds during the run.

The triathletes endured searing heat despite the sky clouding over before rain began during the afternoon. It was so hot that the familiar inflated Johnny Miles arch was removed from the finish line when it started losing air. Race director Terry Curley said it was showing its age and would be replaced.

“It was a warm day,” MacDonald said. “I had a good swim, the water was calm and I felt strong. I really liked the bike route.”

Curley noted how the bike route was extended to Simpson Road to reduce congestion.

He and his team also decided at the last minute to start the Olympic triathlon last instead of first for the same reason.

MacDonald said he still has some work to do with his running as he prepares for the world championships in September in Nice, France.

Denita Hammond of Halifax was seventh overall and first female finisher.

Christina Noftall of Abercrombie was 12th overall, second female and top local female finisher.

Other locals who finished in less than three hours included Brendon Works of Stellarton, Clare Munroe of Merigomish, Jason MacPherson of New Glasgow, Allan Woods of Stellarton and John Tetreault of Pictou.

Kevin Tulloch of New Glasgow completed the course in three hours, 18 seconds.

A total of 76 triathletes completed the Olympic race, while more than 200 people completed all the events.

Adrian Nauss of Bedford won the sprint triathlon in 1:04:18. Sheldon Morris of Springhill was second and Alex Russell of Halifax was third.

Tim MacNeil of Trenton was sixth overall, top senior master and top local finisher.

Emily Byrne of Halifax was top female finisher and 10th overall, while Emily MacDougall of New Glasgow was top local female finisher.

The sprint triathlon featured 83 finishers in the division.

In the Super Spring, Abby Lewis of Beaver Bank, N.S. won the race, while Conrad Robertson of New Glasgow was second.

Lilah Ross from Scotsburn was top local female finisher.

Twenty-seven entries completed the super sprint.

The Hopewell Hooligans featuring Clint Cummings and Erin Balodis was the first of six teams that completed the team sprint triathlon.

Mason Track, Richard Gladwin and Lewis Gladwin were on the first of two teams that finished the team super sprint.

Blayse Stevenson, Rayleen Hill-Stevenson and Josh Stevenson were on the first of two teams that completed the Olympic team event.

Jim Proudfoot, Colette Condon and Gillian Proudfoot combined for second.

Lisa Bowes and Dawn Daling were among those who took part.

“It was hot but we’re going to be back next year,” Bowes said.

“It was great,” Daling said. “It was a lot of fun.”

Ryan MacDonald takes a breath during his triathlon swim. (Goodwin photo)