Tierney and Byram Win Mourne Super Series

Mourne Triathlon Super Series Swim Generic

Cillian Tierney and Erica Byram have won Round 3 of the 2018 Super Series at the Olympian TC run Mourne Triathlon in Co. Down.

Tierney made it two in a row in the Super Series with a convincing victory in the men’s race while GB athlete Byram was the surprise package, winning in her first appearance in the series. 

A total of 16 men and 13 women lined out amid the perfect setting of Castlewellan Forest Park for the sprint distance race.

What would normally be a draft legal event had to be amended to incorporate regular drafting rules however after race organisers were informed by the PSNI that the roads had not been closed at 8am as planned.

The Men’s Race

But after just 750m of the men’s race it became clear that drafting or non drafting, there would be only one winner to the event, as Cillian Tierney began to increase a 12sec swim advantage in to a lead of many minutes by the time he completed the 20km bike and arrived in to T2.

His 33min 15sec bike split was the quickest of the day and gave him a commanding lead out on the 5km run, which he covered in 17mins 12secs to arrive at the finish line in 1hr 2mins 30secs having never relinquished his lead in the race.

Cillian Tierney Mourne Super Series Finish Line 2018

Behind him however places were being traded constantly, with second out of the swim James Walton arriving in to T2 with company on his shoulder in the form of GB athlete Jonathan Oakley.

Patrick Barry, Niall Cornyn and Ben Vahy followed soon after with Cornyn's presence notable since he had surrendered more than 2mins to his rivals during the swim. He powered his way back towards the front during the bike and continued this approach through T2, moving in to 4th place heading out on the run which he completed in 16mins 26secs - the quickest time of the day. In the process he passed Oakley and Walton and claimed second place in 1hr 5mins 26secs.

Walton meanwhile held off a fast finishing Barry to claim third with a margin of just 5secs.

Men's Podium Mourne Super Series 2018

Results from the Men's Super Series race (scroll across for full splits)

Pos

Firstname

Lastname

Club

Swim

T1

Bike

T2

Run

Finish

1

Cillian

Tierney

Tralee TC

0:09:54

0:01:21

0:33:15

0:00:49

0:17:12

1:02:30

2

Niall

Cornyn

0:12:13

0:01:28

0:34:37

0:00:44

0:16:26

1:05:26

3

James

Walton

0:10:08

0:01:09

0:36:18

0:00:46

0:18:41

1:07:02

4

Patrick

Barry

Belpark TC

0:10:30

0:01:09

0:36:39

0:00:49

0:18:01

1:07:07

5

Lochlainn

Connolly

Invictus TC

0:10:43

0:01:20

0:36:44

0:00:56

0:17:38

1:07:19

6

Jonathan

Martin

247 Triathlon Club

0:10:30

0:01:19

0:36:37

0:00:44

0:18:30

1:07:38

7

Jonathan

Oakey

0:10:10

0:01:10

0:36:30

0:00:49

0:19:16

1:07:53

8

Ciaran

Madden

Longford TC

0:10:44

0:01:17

0:36:50

0:00:46

0:18:47

1:08:21

9

Odhran

Mc Kane

Northwest TC

0:10:42

0:01:22

0:36:18

0:00:49

0:20:04

1:09:14

10

Ben

Vahey

Galway TC

0:11:47

0:01:15

0:35:15

0:00:47

0:21:39

1:10:41

11

Michael

McDonald

Hi-Elbow TC

0:11:56

0:01:18

0:36:00

0:00:54

0:21:07

1:11:14

12

Clifford

Rodgers

Olympian Triathlon Club

0:11:42

0:01:10

0:38:32

0:00:56

0:19:55

1:12:13

13

Des

Crinion

QUB TC

0:14:50

0:01:23

0:38:26

0:00:50

0:18:59

1:14:25

14

Kian

Divin

0:13:18

0:01:32

0:39:38

0:01:00

0:21:22

1:16:48

15

Jake

Rushby

Peninsula TC

0:13:30

0:01:28

0:39:13

0:01:12

0:22:28

1:17:48

16

Philip

Baillie

Peninsula TC

0:14:47

0:01:48

0:40:31

0:01:04

0:19:53

1:18:01

The Women's Race

Ten minutes after the men started, it was the turn of the women tackle a blustery swim course in Castlewellan Lake. Early leader Erin McConnell was one of a number of women who overhauled the male back markers before making it to the shore in a display of impressive swimming.

McConnell led by more than 30secs out of the water followed by a closely bunch including Emma Porter, Orla Walsh, Ella Doherty and twin sisters Erica and Lucy Byram.    

Erica Byram Mourne Super Series 2018

Like Tierney in the men’s race, McConnell completed the full 20km bike in the lead and came in to T2 alone but once on the run found herself unable to stay clear of the pack which was led by the Byram twins who were making their debut appearance in the Super Series.

Erica Byram made it across the line first to win the race in 1hr 9mins 14secs with sister Lucy coming home just 14secs later. Orla Walsh was next across the line, her 19min 53sec run good enough to see her claim third place.

Women's Podium Mourne Super Series 2018

Results from the Women's Super Series race (scroll across for full splits)

Pos

Firstname

Lastname

Club

Swim

T1

Bike

T2

Run

Finish

1

Erica

Byram

0:11:11

0:01:17

0:37:01

0:00:48

0:18:59

1:09:14

2

Lucy

Byram

0:11:14

0:01:19

0:36:57

0:00:50

0:19:10

1:09:28

3

Orla

Walsh

Pulse TC

0:11:09

0:01:13

0:37:09

0:00:48

0:19:53

1:10:10

4

Erin

McConnell

Peninsula TC

0:10:20

0:01:20

0:37:17

0:00:45

0:21:32

1:11:12

5

Ashia

Fenwick

0:11:15

0:01:16

0:36:57

0:00:51

0:21:29

1:11:45

6

Emma

Porter

Activmultisport TC

0:10:53

0:01:30

0:36:32

0:00:53

0:22:09

1:11:55

7

Laura

Wylie

Hi-Elbow TC

0:11:14

0:01:26

0:36:22

0:00:58

0:22:23

1:12:21

8

Maeve

Maher-mcwilliams

Belpark TC

0:12:52

0:01:24

0:39:51

0:00:55

0:19:45

1:14:44

9

Ella

Doherty

Ennis TC

0:11:11

0:01:21

0:41:19

0:00:50

0:21:09

1:15:48

10

Caron

Ryan

Predator Triathlon Club

0:11:51

0:01:30

0:40:34

0:00:57

0:21:05

1:15:56

11

Ciara

Wilson

0:14:53

0:01:40

0:40:09

0:00:56

0:19:19

1:16:55

12

Arron

Fox

Belpark TC

0:13:38

0:01:33

0:42:32

0:01:08

0:24:20

1:23:10

13

Hannah

Gibney

Portmarnock TC

0:17:32

0:01:43

0:51:35

0:01:37

0:24:29

1:36:55