Foley and Doherty win National Duathlon Championships 2018

National Duathlon 2018 Run Pic

The focus of the duathlon community moved to the north west of the country this weekend, with the National Duathlon Championships taking place at St. Eunan's GAA Club, Letterkenny. Held on Sunday, 11th March and organised by 24/7 Letterkenny Triathlon Club, conditions on the day were cold but dry and calm. 

National Duathlon Champs 2018 Transition

The event held three races; the National Duathlon Championships 2018 over a standard distance course, the Junior National Duathlon Championhips 2018 over sprint distance and a Children's Duathlon Festival held on the afternoon of the race.

You can read the TI Race Preview here.

Foley retains her title

National Duathlon Champs 2018 - Heather Foley Bike

For the third consecutive year, Heather Foley is the women's National Duathlon Champion. 

Ciara Wilson led the race coming in to transition one, putting in a 10k run time of 37:33. Sligo based Foley was 60 seconds behind coming into T1 in second place with Barbara Dunne a further minute back. Foley put in a the fastest bike leg of the women's race to come into T2 in the lead. Coming off the bike Ciara Wilson was in second with Sonia Knox in third having put in a bike of 1:06:49 for second fastest bike split over the 40 kilometre course. 

National Duathlon Champs 2018 - BDunne Run

Both Foley and Wilson held their positions on the final run, however Barbara Dunne fought back to put in the fastest 5k run split of 21:42 and finish in third position with Sonia Knox fourth. Ellen Murphy completed the top five in the women's race, posting the third fastest bike split and a time of 02:14:07.

Final Results

1.Heather Foley2:08:33
2.Ciara Wilson2:10:23
3.Barbara Dunne2:10:58

National Duathlon Champs 2018 - Womens Podium

Doherty is men's national duathlon champion 2018

The men's race was close from the start with Niall Cornyn entering T1 just one second behind Con Doherty after the first run of 10k. The two headed out on the bike at virtually the same time. Colm Turner was next into transition 30 seconds behind Doherty and Cornyn. Sean McLoughlin and Féidhlim McGowan rounded out the top five at this point also entering transition just one second apart in 33:49 and 33:50.

National Duathlon Champs 2018 - Bike

Out on the undulating bike course, Doherty opened up a three minute lead on second placed Cornyn and held this over the second 5km run, finishing the race in 1:49:41 and posting the fastest splits across all three legs of the race. Finishing in third place and making an impressive return to duathlon this season was Colm Turner.

National Duathlon Champs Men's Finish

Donnacha Holmes and Peter Kern finished in fourth and fifth having posted the second (Kern) and third (Holmes) fastest bike splits to move into the top five and hold their positions over the final run.

National Duathlon Champs 2018 - Bike2

final results

1.Con Doherty1:49:41
2.Niall Cornyn1:53:04
3.Colm Turner1:53.44

National Duathlon Champs 2018 - Mens Podium

PTVI National Duathlon Championship 2018

Donnacha McCarthy, Pulse Triathlon Club, was crowned PTVI Duathlon National Champion 2018. McCarthy and his guide Dave Tilley completed the standard distance course in a time of 2:17:56.

Duathlon National Champs - DMcCarthy

JUNIOR NATIONAL DUATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Junior National Duathlon Championship was run over sprint distance with a 5km run, 20km bike, 2.5km run.

Maeve Gallagher proved once again that she is one to watch, finishing an impressive third overall in the Junior Duathlon National Championship and winning the junior women's race. Maeve took a convincing win in the junior women's race, with Erin McConnell of Peninsula Triathlon Club in second, just over one minute behind Gallagher, and Emma Boyle from Predator Tri Club in third.

Junior National Duathlon Champs ErinBike

In the junior men's race, Ben Ryan from Predator Tri Club led from start to finish opening up a 60 second gap on the first 5km run and keeping that gap from his club mate Fabian Mangan in 2nd. Jonathan Nangle from Tri an Mhi Tri Club finished the race in a time of 1:07:08 for third place.

Provisional results for the men's, women's and junior races are available on coretiming.ie.

The updated Duathlon National Series rankings can be found here.

You can catch up on all of the live action from this year's National Duathlon Championships on the Triathlon Ireland Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.