Naas Duathlon Rnd 2: Results & Report

The Galco Naas Duathlon hosted round three of this year's Duathlon National Series on Sunday at Punchestown racecourse.

With the popular race also hosting the Intervarsities Championships, the field was particularly strong and featured a gang of TI high performance development squad athletes.

Naas Triathlon Club submitted the following race report, provisional results are available on chipit.ie

Emmet Kelly naas 2017

Kelly & Dunne Win at Naas

Race 2 of the Naas Duathlon series went off in style at Punchestown Racecourse with again very kind weather for the sell out race with a slight wind but overall calm and ever so slightly damp conditions – this did not put the 217 “finishers” on the course off one little bit.

The race consisted of a 3km run within the racecourse grounds followed by a challenging rolling 20km bike course that brings the competitors to the Blessington outskirts before returning to the racecourse grounds to finish off with a 2nd 3km run to end under the famous stands in Punchestown.

The men’s overall race the result was hotly contested – following the 1st 3km run Rory Sexton came into T1 in first followed by Emmet Kelly, Niall Coryn, Paul Carroll with Micheal Reilly, Kevin Keane and John Hayden rounding out the top 7 positions.

A very quick transition and onto the bikes where the action hotted up, some lightning fast bike times saw the top positions shuffle slightly but with a 20km bike time of 29:55 Paul Carroll, (fastest of the day) edged into the lead coming into T2 just before Emmet Kelly with all to play for on the run, with a 2nd run of just over 11 minutes Emmet Kelly took the win in a time of 52:58

The women’s race was very competitive with Elizabeth Carr entering T1 with the fastest run of the day (11:02) followed by Barbara Dunne, Derval Devaney, Bronagh Rodgers with Marie Boyle rounding out the top 5 after the 1st run.

With some very fast bike sections the race was certainly on leading to a very tightly contested finale, with the 3km run to finish, Barbara Dunne out ran Derval Devany with Bronagh Rodgers coming home in 3rd to round out the podium.

Intervarsity champs

Intervarsities duathlon champs men's pod 2017

The race also doubled as the Intervarsity Championships with DCU taking a clean sweep in the men’s and women’s race with Paddy Peters and Elizabeth Carr winning the 2017 intervarsity titles.

Intervarsities duathlonwomen's podium 2017

As ever this was not all about the top end athletes, with a sell out field at the starting line there were many great performances from the age group athletes both seasoned and some first timers entering their first race.

The race series could not happen without the support of the Gardai, Punchestown Racecourse and of course the brilliant marshals that all volunteer their time to make this happen.

The final race of the series is on March 12th and can be entered via the Triathlon Ireland website: http://www.triathlonireland.com/Events/Race-Calendar/

Weekly Training

With Naas Triathlon Club very active in the local community a new(ish) iniative to encourage new members into the club and sport has been set up with a weekly training program published for members to follow with the aim being having them ready for Tri Athy on the June Bank Holiday weekend – details below of how to get involved:

This novice training group will gradually introduce new members to swimming biking and running though our weekly coached training sessions and ensure you’re ready to confidently take on your first triathlon.

For anyone interested contact Wayne Carroll - novices@naastriathlonclub.com