Mintern and Casey Win Jailbreak

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Dominant performances delivered victory for Chris Mintern and Deirdre Casey at Cobh Triathlon Club’s Jailbreak Standard Distance race in Cork.

The first round of a double header of the BMW Triathlon National Series races this weekend saw more than 300 athletes swim across Cork Harbour to Great Island, where they then biked 38km to the outskirts of Cork City and back, and ran almost 10km along the waterfront in a flat and extremely fast race.

Cobh Jailbreak 2018 Men's Podium

Mintern Miles Ahead

From the off, High Performance athlete Mintern showed his class, pulling ahead of the field during the 1,700m swim to exit the water in 19mins 18secs - more than 2mins 30secs faster than his quickest competitor.

By the time Mintern had completed the bike, his lead was more than three minutes but still he continued to push on during the run, recording a 29min 41sec split for the slightly shorter than 10km route to the finish line, which he crossed in 1hr 44mins 44secs.

Behind him the race for second and third was a much closer run affair with Donnacha Kiely using his biking and running ability to overhaul club mate Tomás Kenefick and cross the line in 1hr 53mins 09secs.

Kenefick came home a little over two minutes later to make it a clean sweep for Cork Triathlon Club.  

Cobh Jailbreak 2018 Women's Podium

Casey Coasts to Victory

In the women’s race, Deirdre Casey used the presence of other athletes to her advantage during the swim, finding a fast group to work with and exciting the water in 1st place, just 17 secs ahead of Amy O'Keeffe. It was on the bike however that the UAE based athlete really pulled away - clocking a 56min 33sec bike split - the fastest of the women’s field by some margin.

A superb 35min 47sec run saw Casey win comfortably (and better all but four of the men's field) to end up with a finish time of 1hr 57mins 10secs.

Amy O’Keeffe was next over the line - her finish time of 2hrs 08mins 10secs saw her claim second by some four minutes over third placed athlete and club mate  Katie Hickson, who pipped Vanessa Fenton to the podium.

Results and Pics

Provisional Results from the Jailbreak Triathlon are available on while a gallery of pictures from the race will be on Triathlon Ireland’s Facebook page shortly where you an also relive some of the action as it happened.

Round 9 of the BMW Triathlon National Series gets underway tomorrow morning at the Belfast Titanic Triathlon, which will also host the Paratriathlon National Championships.