Phil Mosley gets an insider’s look at this challenging middle-distance event in the Balearic Islands.
A speedy Scotsman won the second Extrememan 113 half iron distance triathlon in Menorca, although you may not have heard of him. His name is Clemente Alonso McKernan, and he’s the son of a Spanish Father and a Glaswegian Mother.
He is best known for finishing second at Ironman Switzerland earlier this year, posting a rapid 2:41 marathon after a 15-minute puncture had already cost him the race.His rich vein of form continued in Menorca where he used his considerable running prowess to drop Olympians Xavi Llobet and Jose Tovar during the half marathon, retaining his title in the process.
There was no pro women’s field, which left a slightly bewildered looking Sophie Kiefer to stagger up the finishing ramp and almost stagger off the side again as fireworks greeted her surprise victory. Several Brits also made the short flight to this beautiful balaeric retreat and finished their seasons in style. There was even a finisher’s pool-party with free beer, food and sunshine on tap.
Triathlon Plus coaching editor and pro triathlete, Phil Mosley, said: “I decided to use some new puncture-proof tyres for this race but I inevitably punctured at 70km on the bike. I soon had a large crowd of insistent and well-meaning Menorcans trying to help me out. They eventually worked out how to use a pump and I got going again after half an hour. I was pleased to finish this beautiful race, but it wasn’t quite the way I wanted to end my season.”
Clemente Alonso McKernan (ESP/GBR) 3:53:20
Jose Manuel Tovar (ESP) 3:56:31
Xavier Llobet (ESP) 4:00:36
Sophie Kiefer (FRA) 5:04:59
Nuria Aubeso Martinez (ESP) 5:10:12
Luciana Bermudez (ESP) 5:16:45
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