By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

Reed, Edwards rule Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic

Posted on March 09, 2015

THE INAUGURAL Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 in Subic Bay proved to be a resounding success with an Australian and a British topping the male and female professional categories, respectively.

Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Male Elite winner Tim Reed of Australia crosses the finish line. -- Michael Angelo S. Murillo
Tim Reed of Australia and Parys Edwards of Great Britain bested the field that took the competitors to different parts of the recognized “triathlon capital of the country” on Sunday.

Mr. Reed, coming off a win in the 2015 Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championships in Auckland, added the inaugural Century Ironman 70.3 title to his growing list of achievements that has made him one of recognized rising stars of the sport.

The 30-year-old Reed finished the course in just three hours and 52 minutes, three minutes ahead of second placer Mitch Robins (three hours and 55 minutes) and five of third-running Josh Amberger (three hours and 57 minutes). Messrs. Robins and Amberger are also from Australia.

Mr. Amberger was actually leading some three-fourths of the way, finishing ahead in the swim and bike legs of the race.

In the 21-K run stage was where Mr. Reed proved his mettle, overhauling the lead of Mr. Amberger.

“The race panned out as I expected. I expected Josh to be up a couple of minutes off the bike. I just tried to be relaxed and hoped that Josh’s legs would give way because he is a strong bike rider and they did,” Mr. Reed said of his come-from-behind win.

Incidentally, five-time Ironman world champion Craig Alexander had to withdraw at the last minute because of a lingering back injury.

Ms. Edwards, meanwhile, came out strong right from the swim all the way to the end, clocking four hours and 18 minutes. Her win was her first in an Ironman race, adding to her collection of triathlon hardware.

New mother Beth Gerdes of the United States came in second at four hours and 24 minutes while Australia’s Dimity Lee-Duke finished third at four hours and 27 minutes.

Topping the local male elite was Banjo Norte of Alaska Tri Aspire with a time of four hours and 23 minutes.

The Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 is a half-Ironman distance triathlon -- 1.9-kilometer (km) swim, 90-km bike ride and 21-km run -- produced and organized by Sunrise Events, Inc.