Local athlete finishes third at Beaver Lake Triathlon

September 3, 2008

By J.B. Wogan

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Ben Bigglestone, 35, shaved nine seconds from his time, but it wasn’t enough to win the Beaver Lake Triathlon again.

The Newcastle resident finished Sammamish’s sprint triathlon – a .25-mile swim, 13.8-mile bike and 4.3-mile run – in 1 hour, 9 minutes and 28 seconds Aug. 16.

He came in third behind two elite runners who did not compete in last year’s triathlon. The first was Adam Jensen, 28, of Seattle, who clocked in at 1:06:39. Michael Gordon of Kirkland, 30, ran a 1:07:28 race.

Elite refers to a competitor’s skill level. It is an official category in triathlons.

“These guys are a level above me. I’m just a humble age-grouper,” said Bigglestone, who won last year’s race in 1:09:37.

This year’s competitors changed the dynamic for Bigglestone.

“It added a different dimension for me. I wanted to finish in the front for the swim.”

Bigglestone came close, finishing as the second man out of the water, torpedoing through the race’s first leg in 5:49.

Gordon was a second behind, positioned at third out of the water with a swim time of 5:50. Jensen hung back, finishing sixth in 6:05 as the bike segment began.

The eventual top three jockeyed for position in the triathlon’s next two legs, with Jensen taking first in the bike in 34:17, Gordon taking third in 35:30 and Bigglestone just a hair behind in 35:39.

Other Newcastle finishers included Paul Dinger, 45, with a time of 1:24:40; Cameron Shero, 26, with a time of 1:45.14; and Glenn Timmons, who completed the course in 1:46:41. Dinger was fifth overall in the men’s 45 to 49 age bracket.

The top woman was Audrey Baldessari, 42, of Redmond, with a time of 1:17:01. She won the race last year as well.

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