The main reason for this race was for the Federation to assess the level of fitness of its National Team Members and to test their abilities on a challenging and demanding course which aimed to mimic as much as possible the racing conditions that the athletes will face in their possible partecipation at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.
The male race was dominated from the start by Malta Triathlon Champion, Keith Galea who exited out of the waters for first, closely followed by Graham Borg. Borg managed to stay close to Galea for the duration of the cycle, but then in the run Galea had no opposition whatsoever and concluded the race more than 5 minutes ahead of Borg. Rudolph Agius held on to third place, while evergreen David Galea clinched the fourth spot and won the Seniors category with an impressive second fastest run from the whole pack, while Ryan Saliba had a very positive performance winning the Under 23 category.
In the women's pursuit, the drama was as high as the stakes at play. Danica Bonello-Spiteri and Hannah Pace held together for the full distance of the swim and wrapped up a strong swim together. Bonello Spiteri's strenght and power on the wheels and an unfortunate crash by Pace opened a gap between the two. As Pace soldiered on and picked up the pace again, Bonello Spiteri inadvertenly missed a lap on the cycle, and even though she finished with an impressive run, Pace was left unchallenged to win the race with Michelle Vella Wood trailing two minutes behind, after a positive running leg. Margaret Seguna was third home. Suzanne Farrugia won the Female Seniors Category.
The next race experience by Malta Triathlon Federation will be held on 1 of May, on Mdina Road, Żebbuġ, where the National Duathlon Championships will be organised. The race will consist of a run of 8.5KMs, a cycle of 38KMs and a final run of 4.25KMs. There will be a half-distance race for both individual and relay pursuits. The event will be supported by www.trirush.com.