Mintern and Hayes Win Sprint National Champs at DCT

Dublin City Triathlon 2018 Women's Super Series Swim Start

Mintern and Hayes Double Up

Chris Mintern and Carolyn Hayes are the new Sprint Distance National Champions following an exciting Super Series contest at Dublin City Triathlon.

Mintern retained the sprint national title he claimed at the City of Derry Triathlon last year while Hayes added the sprint to the standard distance title she won at the Harbourman Triathlon in July.

With their victories the pair also took maximum points in Round 4 of the 2018 Super Series.

Chris Mintern DCT 2018 Finish Line

Two in a Row for Mintern

Twenty four men lined out for the men’s Super Series on a day which saw almost 1,000 people participate across a number of races, including the BMW Triathlon National Series.

From the gun it was clear that Mintern was an odds on favourite to retain his title as he and training partner Kiernan Jackson set the pace on the 750m swim in the River Liffey.

A slack current and perfect weather conditions made for some quick times with Mintern exiting the water in 9mins 03secs.

Jackson was next to emerge 10seconds later with the 2016 DCT third place finisher Lewis Byram - another 16seconds back.

Byram however was unable to complete the 20km bike and so Jackson and Mintern pushed on, working extremely well together to post an impressive 30minute bike split on the draft legal course - more than a minute quicker than the rest of the field.

At T2 Mintern struck out glory - running 17mins 44secs split over the 5km course to win Dublin City Triathlon for the second time. He crossed the finish line in 58mins 57secs, retaining his title as National Sprint Distance Champion.

Kieran Jackson crossed the line 39seconds later to claim the silver medal but behind him a fierce battle was underway for third.

DCT Men's and Women's SS Podiums

Mccarron claims first senior podium

Coming out of the water Luke McCarron, Ben Meir, Tiernan Burke, Ciaran Madden, Michael Moran and Jonathan Martin were racing all within 15seconds of one another with Burke, Meir, Moran and McCarron coalescing in to a group by lap two of the bike. This group came in to transition together and so it appeared to be a four way scrap for third but that did not factor in in Niall Cornyn who covered the 5km run in 17mins 23secs - the quickest split of the day.

Cornyn moved from outside the top ten to almost reach the podium but literally ran out of road to finish 4th as Luke McCarron managed to stay in front by 11secs to claim a well deserved bronze medal in 1hr 2mins 45secs. Just last year, McCarron won the National Post Primary Schools Championships with DCT becoming his first Super Series podium.

Carolyn Hayes

Hayes Adds sprint to standard

The women’s race was next in the water with 14 Super Series athletes entering the water to compete for the title of National Champion. And with last year’s title holder Heather Foley absent, a new champion would be crowned just over an hour after the whistle went for the swim start.

First of the water was Erin McConnell with a characteristically strong swim. She was followed by Carolyn Hayes, Orla Walsh and the second placed finisher from Mourne Triathlon Super Series Lucy Byram.

Ailbhe Carroll soon joined this quartet on the bike and the five woman pack pulled clear of the rest of the field through the 20km course to arrive in to T2 with nothing to separate them.

DCT Women's Super Series Podium

McConnell and Byram Complete Podium

Erin McConnell was the quickest through transition but it was Carolyn Hayes who turned on the afterburners on the 5km run - pulling clear on the first kilometre of the run to establish a lead she never relinquished. Hayes ran 19mins 54secs - more than a minute quicker than her nearest competitor to add the Sprint National Championships to the Standard Distance title she won in July.

Next quickest on the run was Lucy Byram - making her second trip from Leeds this summer and coming away with her second silver medal - she crossed the line in 1hr 6mins 23seconds - 19seconds ahead of 17 year old Erin McConnell who competed the podium by claiming the bronze medal.

REsults and Pictures

Provisional Results from the men's and women's Super Series races at Dublin City Triathlon are available on SportsSplits.com

You can also read about the other races at Dublin City Triathlon in the BMW National Series race report

Head to Triathlon Ireland's facebook page to see all the pics from a great day of racing.