Weekend Round Up - July 8th & 9th

Hazelwood Triathlon 2017 Swim Start

Another busy weekend saw Connacht athletes dominate the latest round of the National Series at the Hazelwood Triathlon, races staged in Kerry, Westmeath and Wicklow, while abroad five of our elite athletes raced in Estonia.

O'Reilly and Foley Win Hazelwood National Series

In Sligo, athletes took to the water of the beautiful Lough Gill for the second staging of the Hazelwood Standard Distance Triathlon.

Hazelwood Triathlon 2017 Men's Podium

In the men's race, Aichlinn O'Reilly led comfortably from start to finish, emerging from the 1,500m alone and never looking back on the hilly 40km bike course or the 10km forest run.

He crossed the finish line with a time of 1hr 57mins 34secs. Second place went to Shane Scully who pulled clear from third place athlete Kevin Keane on the 10km run to record a time of 2hrs 2mins 46secs. Keane crossed the line one minute later to claim third.

Hazelwood Triathlon 2017 Women's Podium

In the women's race, Heather Foley showed superb form, posting the quickest splits of the day across all three legs to win in 2hrs 13mins 18secs.

Jennifer Duffy made her return to racing after a number of years absence by claiming second place in 2hrs 20mins 10secs. Dympna Kelly rounded out the podium by finishing third in 2hrs 28mins 09secs.

A gallery of hundreds of images from the day is available on our facebook page while provisional results are also available.

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KErn and Flynn Hardest In Kerry

Elsewhere around the country, Peter Kern and Aileen Flynn were the strongest of those who lined out for the Hardman middle distance triathlon in Waterville, Co Kerry. Both athletes had comfortable margins of victory over the incredibly scenic and notoriously tough course to win in 4hrs 35mins 39secs for Kern and 5hrs 19mins 13secs for Flynn.

Stephen Donnelly and Brian Sexton were 2nd and 3rd in the men's race while Kitty Perle and Louise O'Shea finished 2nd and 3rd in the women's race.

Provisional results are available on SportsSplits.com and there's a gallery of pictures from the day on our facebook page. 

Harbourman Goes to McAllister and Maxantova

In Wicklow, Paul McAllister and Ian Farrell had an epic battle at the Harbourman Standard Distance Triathlon. McAllister led Farrell by 3mins 41secs following the swim, but by the time he had reached T2 Farrell had clawed all but 40secs of this deficit back and was closing in fast. In the end McAllister's 42min 26secs run split was enough to keep him in the lead and he took the victory by 24secs over Farrell with Gary Crossan finishing in third place.

The women's race was extremely close right up to the run stage with just seconds separating the eventual winner Tamara Maxantova and second placed Marie Triona Keane until the run leg. Maxantova won with a time of 2hrs 27mins 35secs, 2mins 26secs ahead of Keane in second. Jennifer O'Connell came home in third place on 2hrs 34mins 36secs.  

TriAthlone-2017

TriAthlone

In Athlone, almost 400 athletes raced across four separate events. The men's standard distance race was won by John Greaney while Arthur Beades pipped Sean Barry by just two seconds to take second place. Adele O'Neill won the women's standard distance race from Martina McIntyre (2nd) and Sinead Graham (3rd).

Victory in the sprint distance race went to Philip Castles and Anna Grealish with Sasha Gannon and Ciara Wilson 2nd and 3rd in the women's race; and Stephen Loughnane and Adam Greally 2nd and 3rd in the men's event.

Provisional results and links to pictures from the races are available on triathlone.com

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Tartu European Cup

Finally in Estonia, five Triathlon Ireland's elite athletes lined out for the ETU Sprint European Cup event in Tartu. Con Doherty was the best of the Irish, finishing 5th - just 8secs behind the winner.

In the women's race, Ailbhe Carroll finished 26th overall.

Next up was Chris Mintern in 31st, Darren Dunne in 44th and Kieran Jackson 46th.

Results from Tartu are available on triathlon.org while TI Media's Damien Jackson was in attendance and captured some great images which you can see on our facebook page.