Duathlon Season in Full Swing

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The duathlon season stepped up a gear over the weekend with no fewer than five races taking place all around the country - three of which carried points towards the 2016 National Duathlon Series.

Ashford Duathlon

In Co. Mayo,  John Greaney and Lorraine Carey both put themselves in the running for the overall title in the 2016 National Duathlon Series as they took their second duathlon victories in the space of a fortnight by winning the Ashford Duathlon. Greaney and 2nd place men's finisher Eamonn Stanton were neck-in-neck coming in to T2 before Greaney pulled clear on the second run leg to win by 13secs. Eamonn McAndrew came home in 3rd place, a little over a minute later.

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Lorraine Carey won the women's race by more than 2mins and finished an impressive 10th overall. One week after her third place finish at the Connemara duathlon, Barbara Dunne went one place better, finishing 2nd this week with Siobhan Murtagh completing the podium in 3rd place.

Provisional results can be found here and an extensive gallery of images from TI photographer James Wright is available on our facebook page and on flickr

Mintern Wins on the Shannon

In Shannon town, TI Development Squad member Chris Mintern followed on from his victory in the Tramore duathlon last month to win the Banner Sprint duathlon. Cillian Tierney and Gerald Troy rounded out the podium, taking home National Duathlon Series points in what were challenging conditions. Results (provisional) from the men's race here.

In the women's race, Becky Coughlan came over the line in 1st place with a time of 1:08:04. Mairead Elliot finished in 2nd place on 1:09:18 with Fiona Mangan claiming third.

Banner Duathlon Start Pic

Carroll Triumphs in Letterkenny

In Donegal, the experienced Paul Carroll showed put in an extremely strong bike performance of 58:40min for 40km to win the Letterkenny 247 Standard distance duathlon. Killian Heery came home in 2nd place with an also impressive 1:00:28 bike split while Gavin Corey ran a blistering 15:40 run split for the 5km second run leg to take third place.   

Letterkenny Duathlon 2016 Men's Podium

In the women's race, TI Development Squad athlete Siobhan Gallagher had an epic battle with Hannah Shields and Cheryl Cardwell with a mere 30secs separating 1st from 3rd after more than two hours of racing.

Letterkenny Duathlon 2016 Women's Podium

Youth also came to the fore in the men's sprint distance race in Letterkenny, with juniors Seán Cosgrove, Odrhan McKane and Marcus McGowan on the podium. In the women's race, Sonia Nox came home just over the hour mark to take victory ahead of Catherine Woods in 2nd and Evelyn Boyle in 3rd.

Provisional results are available here and a gallery of images is now on our facebook page and on flickr