Jackson and Murphy Win Airpower Hook or by Crook Triathlon

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Jackson and Murphy Shine In the South East

Kieran Jackson and Ellen Murphy have won Round 5 of the BMW Triathlon National Series at the Airpower Hook or by Crook Triathlon in Waterford.

More than 650 competitors lined out for the sprint distance event in Dunmore East. Overnight strong winds and rain gave way to calmer weather by the time the race started with athletes entering the water in five separate waves of more than 100 competitors.

Jackson Leads From The Start

In wave one, pre race favourite Kieran Jackson had carved out a narrow lead by the halfway point of the 750m swim. He led Sebastian Helga and Tom McEnery by a handful of seconds in to T1 with Brendan Crawford and Paul Ogle less than 30 seconds behind.

Jackson did not let up on the 20km bike, recording a 31min 21sec split and extending his lead on the out and back course along the Dunmore East - Waterford road. Returning to transition for T2, Jackson had a healthy lead of more than four minutes on his next closest competitor.

Behind him, things could not be closer however. Helka had held on to his second place during the bike leg but the margin of his lead had narrowed considerably. He went out on the 5km run with 15 seconds to spare ahead of 3rd placed Brendan Crawford, who in turn had Paul Ogle immediately behind him.

Meanwhile, Jackson extended his lead on the recording the quickest run split of the day and crossing the finish line to make it two years in a row with an overall time of 1hr 2mins 44secs.

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Speaking after he finished, Jackson said he was particularly pleased with his bike split:

“I’ve been doing a lot of work on my bike in training and it really helps to be in the wicklow mountains where I cycle everyday, so it went really well.”

The High Performance Development ahlete will represent Ireland at the Holten European Cup in a fortnight and said a race for his local triathlon club was the perfect send off: 

“I think it’s great to support your club and to race at home. The feeling is great when everyone’s cheering for you and I love it, I think it’s a great experience.”

Kiely Runs to Second, Ogle Third

It was almost four minutes before the next athletes crossed the line, but when they did, they came fast and furious with Cork TC athlete Donncha Kiely storming from 6th to 2nd with a superb 18mins 04secs run split to pip Paul Ogle by 15secs.

Murphy Wins Women’s Race

In the women's race, Shannon Kelly led out of the water, recording a 12minute split for the 750m swim. Right behind her, the Belpark TC duo of Sinead Murphy and defending BMW National Series champion Maeve Maher Williams followed in 2nd and 3rd with just a handful of seconds separating them from local athlete Ellen Murphy (also Belpark TC).

On the bike, Murphy powered to the front of the race thanks to a commanding 35mins 26secs bike split.

She came in to T2 alone and ran a 21mins 36secs to claim victory in 1hr 14mins 01secs in her home race. Her club mate Maeve Maher McWilliams crossed the line 36secs later in second place while third went to Becky Woods of Piranha TC in her first season of triathlon.

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Home Pressure

Like Jackson, Murphy was competing in her home race and said after she crossed the line that this made is extra special, if a little tougher:

"There was a bit of extra pressure, I was trying to keep expectations low with my family but I am delighted to take the win."

Provisional Results

Provisional Results from Hook or by Crook Triathlon are available on SportsSplits.com while a gallery of images from the day will be available on Triathlon Ireland’s Facebook pace soon.