Vodafone National Series - Kiely and Barnwall Move Ahead

Two Provinces Swim Start 2015

With 11 races completed in this year's Vodafone National Series, the overall rankings for the premier age group competition in Ireland are beginning to take shape.

Donncha Kiely and Lizanne Barnwall are currently on top of the men's and women's points tables, thanks to winning performances across the season so far.

Donncha Kiely Schull 2016

Men's Points Race

In the men's points race, Donncha Kiely of Cork Triathlon Club has taken over first place from early leader Richard Doyle (Piranha Tri Club). Kiely currently has 471.537 points, from the Fastnet Sprint Triathlon in Schull, Carlow  Sprint Triathlon, Hell of the West Standard Distance Triathlon and last weekend's Two Provinces Triathlon in Lanesborough. 

Second placed athlete, Doyle is a mere 2.448 points behind Kiely. The two men have had a number of head to head battles this summer, with Doyle finishing ahead of Kiely at Two Provinces and Kiely coming out on top at Carlow and Hell of the West. But with less than half of the Vodafone National Series races completed, it's much too early to say for certain which of the two will ultimately gain superiority over the other.

Third place at the moment is held by Michael Barry (Piranha), a former road cyclist who has made rapid progress in the past two seasons and lies on 459.252 points. 

Lizanne Barwall Two Provinces

Women's Points Race

Lizanne Barnwall (Pulse Triathlon Club) is the clear leader of the women's points race at this stage, with her haul of 470.875 putting her more than 19 points in the clear. 

The battle for second place is a lot tighter with Victoria Nicholson just 0.846 points head of her GoTri club-mate Mairead Elliot.

How to Score

The 2016 Vodafone National Series consists of 25 events made up of 14 Sprint, 9 Standard and 2 Middle Distance races.

An athlete’s four best scoring races in a season, of which one must be sprint distance and one must be standard distance, determine the triathlete's ranking in his or her age group.

A major component of the National Series is the battle for Age Group places - there are too many to include in this update but by heading to the Series Rankings page, you can filter by Age Group and see who's ahead in more than 30 separate Age Group battles.

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Plenty of Racing Left

While the overall rankings are now giving a clear reflection of form, it should be remembered that more than half of the races in the 2016 Vodafone National Series still haven't been held and as was the case in previous seasons, the battle for places could well come down to the final few races of the season.

Although some have already sold out, many races are still taking entries. You can find one to boost your points on our Race Calendar.