McCrystal and McCartin win Round 8 of BMW Duathlon National Series

Phoenix Park Duathlon 2018 Start

Ireland's largest park played host to the eighth, and penultimate, round of the BMW Duathlon National Series on 21st April. Held over a technical course consisting of a 5km run, 20km bike and second run of 2.5km, the Belpark Triathlon Club Phoenix Park Duathlon, sponsored by Mason Hayes & Curran, saw over 200 competitors arrive on a sunny Saturday morning to take on the challenge. 

A number of contenders for the BMW National Duathlon Title were in attendance, Colm Turner and Ciara Wilson, both of whom have had strong duathlon seasons with podiums in the National Championships; third for Turner and second place for Wilson in the women's race. Marc Flavin, Conor Tiernan, Shane Power and Raymond Lonergan were hunting down series points in the men's race alongside Olivia McCartin, Helen White and Eimer Dowds in the women's race.

Cycling specialist Bryan McCrystal was on the startline for his first race of this year's BMW Duathlon National Series, all eyes would be on him out on the technical 20k bike course.

Phoenix Park Duathlon 2018 Warm Up

Wilson straight into the lead

In the women's race, Ciara Wilson led the first run with a good lead out onto the bike course but unfortunately a bike mechanical issue forced her out of the race early into the section. This left Olivia McCartin to take the lead and hold it throughout the remainder of the cycle and the second 2.5km run to finish in 1:09:08. 

Not starting in the first wave didn't affect second placed Helen White, she finished 17 seconds ahead of Pulse Triathlon Club's Sarah Stapleton in third.

BMW National series - women's standings after round 8

PositionNamePoints
1.Ciara Wilson2272.5
2.Olivia McCartin1973.898
3.Marie Boyle1878.356

For full series standing after the Phoenix Park Duathlon, see the TI Website.

Phoenix Park Duathlon 2018 Run

McCrystal shows strong form

Quick out of the blocks, Colm Turner and Conor Tiernan finished the first five kilometre run in a speedy 16:01 and 16:02 respectively before tackling the bike course. Just eight seconds separated the next three finishers with Tom McEnery, Bryan McCrystal and Raymond Lonergan finishing under 16:38.

McCrystal put in his customarily fast bike split (29:47) to overtake Turner and Tiernan on the course and enter T2 in the lead. Colm Turner held on to second place over the second run to finish in 56:23. Running the fastest 2.5km split of the day meant that Conor Tiernan held on the third from Tom McEnery in fourth.

bmw duathlon national series - men's standings after round 8

PositionNamePoints
1.Niall Cornyn2272.5
2.Colm Turner2203.125
3.Marc Flavin1687.375

For full series standing after the Phoenix Park Duathlon, see the TI Website.

Phoenix Park Duathlon 2018 Bike

Pictures and results

For full results visit the Core Timing Website.

You can see picture galleries from the event on both the Triathlon Ireland and Belpark Triathlon Club Facebook pages.