Belfast Titanic Triathlon: Laura Wylie and Aidan Callaghan Top Podium

Belfast 2018 Swim Start

Today was the second round of the weekend for the BMW Triathlon National Series - Belfast Titanic Triathlon. Racing this weekend is spanning the country from round eight in Cobh yesterday, to round nine in Belfast today. The weather has been playing ball - providing near perfect race conditions in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast for today's competitors.

The Paratriathlon National Championships also featured at the race in Belfast with a top class field including Commonwealth Games Paratriathlete David Kerr, Paralympian Catherine Walsh and Donnacha McCarthy having just returned from racing the European Championships in attendance. More to follow on this.

women's race

Belfast 2018 Swim Start

With BMW National Series points on offer, it was always going to be an exciting race and it certainly was one for the books!

Some great swimming saw Siobhan Gallagher and Laura Wylie emerge from the water as third and fourth overall. Teenager Lauren Strange also put in a strong swim of 22:54 for third at this point. 

The flat bike course on closed roads proved fast and Siobhan Gallagher cemented her lead with a 1:03:38 for quickest split of the women's race. At this point Gallagher was comfortably in front with almost a two minute lead on Wylie in second. However, Laura Wylie refused to be counted out and dug deep to put in a run of 38:59, overtaking Siobhan in the closing stages of the 10km run. Today is Laura's second podium in recent weeks, having won at Sheephave Middle Distance triathlon in Donegal.

Triathlon newcomer Becky Wood was working her way up the field from sixth after the swim, putting in a solid bike and the fastest run split of the women's race to take third in only her third triathlon (and third podium!). Becky won the BMW National Series race at Two Provinces last weekend and finished third at Hook or by Crook in Dunmore East. 

Men's race

Belfast 2018_Mens Podium

In the men's race, Aidan Callaghan led from start to finish with the quickest splits in all three disciplines. IRONMAN Dun Laoighre 70.3 and IRONMAN Barcelona bound Callaghan enjoyed racing on the closed roads, commenting afterwards:

"It's great, it's a lovely course, it really is...And the laps on the run, even for yourself to break it down in your own head, if you're trying to pick people off, it makes it a bit easier."

Behind Letterkenny 24/7 member Aidan, strong biking paid off in the final results. Lisburn Triathlon Club's Michael Sinton and Philip Castles were second and third off the bike in 57:10 and 57:40 respectively and out onto the run. Each maintained their place over the 10km course to complete the men's podium in silver and bronze.

results and photo galleries

Results available from Champion Chip Timing.

Photo galleries will be available shortly from the Triathlon Ireland Facebook Page.

BMW Triathlon national series: round 10

The first middle distance race of this year's series takes place next weekend at the Tri-Limits Middle Distance Triathlon in Tyrone. TI will be there to capture the action as it happens - check our social channels for updates.