National Events Round-Up 9th & 10th June 2018

Schull 2018 Swim Exit

Events were widespread around the country this past weekend - Cork, Longford, Dublin and Armagh were the focus of the domestic triathlon calendar. See below a round-up from the races.

centra fastnet schull triathlon

The BMW Triathlon National Series was in Schull on Saturday, 9 June. Read the full race report here.

skerries triathlon

Thank you to Fingal Triathlon Club for sending in the following report on their race, held on Sunday, 10th June:

Fingal Triathlon Club were delighted to host their fifth Skerries Tri; Sprint Triathlon, Junior Triathlons and Aquabike at Red Island. This year’s race was a special one as it marks the 35th anniversary of Ireland's first ever Triathlon, a race held in Skerries in 1983 and organized by Skerries native Maurice Mullins.

Conditions for race day could not have been better with very little wind reported on the bike course, a calm sea for the swim and fabulous sunshine throughout the morning. Once again, the race proved popular with 350 athletes of all abilities, from the super competitive to the first timers. Our aquabike, relay and junior options were also a great success, enabling many more athletes to take part in the race.

Skerries 2018 Swim Start

Proceedings got underway at 09:30 with the first wave of athletes taking to the water from a beach start. First out of the water and overall winner, Andrew Bye, increased this lead on the bike leg of the course and maintained it throughout the run to finish first across the line in a super time of 01:01:46, almost 4 minutes ahead of our second placed athlete Maciej Brumm who was followed by Skerries man, and former winner, Ben Malone.

The ladies race was also hotly contested with Maeve Maher-McWilliams storming home in a fantastic time of 01:08:03. Maeve was followed by Spain’s Esther Bayon in second and Shannon Kelly in third.

Each year Fingal Tri Club award the Maurice Mullins Perpetual Trophy to the Winning Man and Woman from Skerries and this year’s recipients were Ben Malone and Nicola Tangney.

Results are available on www.chipit.ie and photos will be posted on www.fingaltri.ie.

crooked lake triathlon

In its fifteenth year in 2018, Crooked Lake Triathlon sent us the following race report:

Crooked Lake Triathlon took place on Saturday, 9th June. Race director Catherine Murphy was delighted at how things went on the day as she said:

“I’m absolutely delighted with the event. The race ran smoothly, the sun shone and crowds cheered on the athletes. But I would like to say a huge thank you to all our volunteers and to the athletes who took part. And I hope to see you all back next year.”

The winner was Aidan Callaghan of the 247 Triathlon Club who had the fastest swim (9.45) and run (18.37). And though Andrew Bye caught him on the bike, Callaghan quickly regained his lead in the early part of the hilly run. Aidan won in the fast time of 58.05. However, undoubtedly the performance of the day came from Newry Tri Club’s Finbar McGrady. The Flying Doctor had a magnificent race.

Coming out of the water Finbar trailed by almost one and half minutes but thereafter big man showed amazing guts and tenacity. He had the fastest bike split, a sizzling 27.15, yet going onto the third discipline he was still 150 metres behind the leading duo of Andrew Bye and Adrian Callaghan. But McGrady dug deep and though he didn’t catch Callaghan he did overhaul Bye with one and a half kilometres to go to thus snap up a super second place. Finbar recorded the same position as last year, though over two minutes quicker at 58.31. Andy Bye, who also had a great bike leg, was third in 58.55.

Crooked Lake 2018 Mens Podium

In the women's race, Catherine Sands repeated her heroics of 2017, storming to victory in 1.07.59. The Rostrevor pharmacist, over two minutes quicker than 12 months ago, had over three and a half minutes in hand over the second placed Gretta O’Connor from Dundalk’s Setanta Club who clocked 1.11.35 while Bronagh O’Gara (247 Triathlon Club) was third woman in 1.14.43.

Crooked Lake 2018 Womens Podium

Tarmonator Triathlon

The fourth race of the weekend is the Tarmonator Triathlon in Co. Longford. Run by Longford Triathlon Club, Ciaran Madden won the men's race in a time of 1:00:14. Stephen Donnelly was second in 1:01:04 with Donnacha Holmes third in 1:02:06.

Tarmonator 2018

In the women's race, Olivia Mc Cartin was the winner in 1:09:34 with Dympna Kelly second (1:10:38) and Ciara Brady third in a time of 1:12:51.

Full results can be found on coretiming.ie and picture galleries on the Longford Triathlon Club Facebook Page.