Belpark Win Mixed Relay Champs

Lough Cutra Mixed Relay Champs Podium

Belpark TC have retained their title as the Mixed Team Relay Club Champions for 2018.

The four person team of Ellen Murphy, Brendan Crawford, Maeve Maher McWilliams and Jonathan Morris finished 90secs ahead of Ennis Triathlon Club, whose youthful team were the surprise package of an exciting race staged at Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon.

It was a day of doubles at Lough Cutra as local team Predator TC held on to their Junior national title.

Lough Cutra Mixed Relay Champs 2018 1

Record Numbers

A record number of 34 teams lined out for the third running of the Mixed Team Relay Club Championships. The exciting format involves teams of four athletes - two male and two female competing across super-sprint distance (approx 200 meter swim, 5km draft legal bike and 1.5km run) with each athlete completing the full three disciplines before tagging their next team mate in a special handover zone.

The Race

With each team's female athlete getting the race underway, there was literally nothing to separate the leaders intially as Belpark and Ennis Tri Club both came in to the handover on 23mins 47secs. Newry Triathlon Club followed in third on 24mins 53secs and Limerick just ten seconds back in fourth.

Lough Cutra Mixed Relay Champs Handover

The race remained extremely tight through the turn of each team's first male athlete with Belpark holding a mere 9sec advantage over Ennis following the second Super Sprint leg of the day. The battle for third place meanwhile had even less room to breathe - with half of the race run just three seconds separated 'Limerick Tri 1' from 'Predator Juniors - Team 1' with 'Piranha 2' following approximately two minutes further back.

Belpark extended their lead through the third leg of the competition, with their third woman bringing an advantage of 2mins 42secs to the final handover. While Ennis managed to narrow this gap during the final athlete's super sprint leg, in the end the defending champions won comfortably with a 1min 33sec victory. A similar margin separated Ennis Tri Club in second from third placed 'Limerick TC 1'.

Lough Cutra Mixed Relay Champs Belpark Win

Predator Claim Junior Title

Predator Juniors Team 2 meanwhile over took their Team 1 clubmates to claim a second junior mixed team relay for the Loughrea club, cementing their status as the country's leading academy of young talent.

Results

You can view the results online on stuweb.co.uk or via this download