Naas Duathlon Series - Race 1 Results & Report

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Naas Duathlon Series - Race One: Results and Race Report

The 2017 duathlon season got underway on Sunday with race one of the Naas Duathlon Series.

More than 200 people turned out for the popular and long established duathlon on the grounds of Punchestown race course in Co. Kildare.

Paul Carroll and Dympna Kelly emerged as winners on the day and will head to the top of the Duathlon National Series rankings table.

Provisional results are available on the Naas Triathlon Club website and the club brings us this race report from the day:

In its 10th year, the opening race of the three race duathlon series kicked off in style in Punchestown Racecourse with very kind weather for the 201 competitors with a slight wind but overall calm, warmish conditions for the time of year.

The event consists of a 3km run around the racecourse ground followed by a challenging 20km bike course that brought competitors to the outskirts of Blessington before returning to the racecourse grounds to finish off with a 2nd 3km run to finish under the stands in Punchestown.

Naas Duathlon January 2017 Men's Podium

Men's Race

The men’s race was hotly contested from the beginning with Gavin Corey coming into T1 in first place followed by John Greaney and Niall Coryn with Rory Sexton and Paul Carroll rounding out the top five. A very quick transition and onto the bikes where the action hotted up, some blisteringly quick bike times saw the top positions shuffle around but with a 20km bike time of 29:44 Paul Carroll surged into the lead came back into T2 with a cushion of over a minute where he continued to pile on the pressure and come home in 1st place with an overall (course record) time of 53:17 followed by John Greaney with Emmet Kelly rounding out the podium in 3rd place.

Naas Duathlon January 2017 Women's Podium

Women's Race

The womens' race was a lot closer in terms of finish times with Ciara Wilson taking an early lead in the first run, followed closely by Siobhan Murtagh, Helen White, Dympna Kelly and Siobhan Kennedy rounding out the top five going into T2. A hotly contested 20km bike led to a very tightly contested finale with the 3km run to the finish line with Dympna Kelly taking the win ahead of Siobhan Murtagh in 2nd and Helen White rounding out the podium in 3rd place.

Great Performances

But the race was not all about the top level athletes. A field of 201 lined out at the starting line and there were many great performances with both seasoned and some first timers competing in the race.

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

New to Tri Group

With Naas Triathlon Club very active in the local community, a new(ish) initiative to encourage new members into the club has been set up with a weekly training program published for members to follow. The aim is to have new comers 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