Reid 5th, White 13th at ETU Quarteira

Aileen Reid Quarteira Selfie

Super Start to 2016 for Reid

Aileen Reid began her 2016 season at the ETU Quarteira race in Portugal with a promising 5th place finish.

Reid, who is ranked 9th in the world and has already secured her place at the Rio Olympic Games, put in the 3rd quickest run of the day of 35min 45secs after spending much of the race at the front of a bike chase group attempting to pull back the British duo of Jessica Learmonth and Lucy Hall. 

In the end Learmonth and Hall stayed clear to take first and second but Reid, cheered on by a large group of Piranha Triathlon Club members who were on a training camp nearby, ran strongly to secure 5th place in her first race since the ITU Grand Final in September 2015.

White Excited About 2016

In the men's elite race, Russel White came home in 13th place with an encouraging performance that saw him put in some of the quickest swim and bike splits of the 76-man field. After the race, the 23-year-old told his twitter followers that while he "had a lot of things to work on" he was "excited about the season ahead."

As well as being an encouraging sign of possible things to come, White's performance saw him jump 37 places on the ITU Points List.

Edgar and Dunne Quarteira 2016

Edgar 6th in Junior Race

James Edgar meanwhile finished 6th in the Junior race in Quarteira on Sunday. The result is the best of the 18-year-old's career so far and will no doubt give him encouragement in what was only his 6th international race.

Darren Dunne was within a minute of the leaders on the bike course when he unfortunately crashed. The 18-year-old was forced to retire from the race but happily was able to walk back to his hotel "sore but ok" according to Triathlon Ireland High Performance development coach Stephen Delaney.


Shaw and Doherty Race New Plymouth

In New Zealand meanwhile, Ben Shaw and Con Doherty competed in an extremely strong field at the ITU New Plymouth World Cup race.

Pre Race favourite, Richard Murray claimed victory for the 2nd year running at the event, which saw Shaw put in a characteristically aggressive swim and bike performance throughout. He finished in 29th place overall. 

High Performance development athlete Con Doherty meanwhile battled through the pain barrier to come home in 52nd place, which under the circumstances was quite an impressive feat. Doherty, who is now returning to Europe for the summer race season, suffered 3rd degree burns in the hours before the race after spilling boiling water on himself but was quick to urge followers that he will make a full recovery.

Full results from the New Plymouth race can he found here.