O'Reilly and Gallagher Win Westport Triathlon

Westport Triathlon 2018 General Pic

Local favourites Aichlinn O'Reilly and Maeve Gallagher won Westport Triathlon on Saturday morning in Round 4 of the BMW Triathlon National Series. Read how the race unfolded in the guest report from the race organisers. 

A fresh West of Ireland morning greeted triathletes to Westport on Saturday morning, where local man Aichlinn O’Reilly took the honours in the men's race and junior triathlete of the year 2017, Maeve Gallagher won the women's race.

Rough seas and a strong headwind on the bike made it a tough morning for close to 300 individual and relay athletes. Among that number were almost 60 people taking part in their first ever triathlon.

Westport Triathlon 2018 Men's Podium

Men's Race

In the men’s race three swimmers broke clear in testing conditions with Aidan Callaghan from 247 Triathlon club emerging from the water first slightly ahead of Ciaran Madden from Longford and Aichlinn O'Reilly in 3rd place. All completed the swim in under 10mins and only three seconds separated the top three as they entered transition. A super quick transition from O'Reilly saw him leave transition first and his 2nd fastest bike split of the day - which was only bettered by experienced Rás Tailteann competitor James McGreevy on an Allergan relay team - saw O'Reilly leave transition with 90secs to spare over Callaghan, who had managed to create a gap with Madden in 3rd. Callaghan posted the fastest 5k on the day to bridge the gap to O’Reilly but the Westport man won by close to 1min in what was a well received local victory.

Westport Triathlon 2018 Women's Podium

Women's Race

In the women's race, Maeve Gallagher, one of the most promising  junior athletes in the country dominated from start to finish. Gallagher exited the water in 11mins on the same time as TriLakes Ceila Davin, followed closely by Michelle Brennan from Athy Tri Club and Mary Coreless from Trilakes.

Brennan and Gallagher exited transition close together but the Swinford junior managed to put over one minute into the bike, working hard into the headwind.  Gallagher would go on to post the fastest women’s 5k time of the day and win by 3mins from Coreless and Brennan. That pair fought hard for 2nd and 3rd with only 6seconds separating them in the end. Davin come in for 4th for another good day out for the Trilakes club.

Other Finishers

Several Westport triathletes took age group prizes on the day with Keith O’Connell, Jimmy Lawlor and Mary Walsh all on the age group podium with Nicola Lenehan taking a prize in the shorter event, several members from the newly formed Castlebar Tri Club also took some age group honours in the BMW National Series event.

Allergan Pharmaceuticals supplied 28 relay teams on the day with an additional 90 competitors taking part from Allergan alone with the defenders team taking the local bragging rights.

A special award was present in honour of the late Ollie Roche sponsored by Baxter Healthcare to mark the “Spirit of Triathlon” and this was presented to Stephen Corrigan and Leo Hynes from Trilakes who became the first paratriathlon team to complete Westport Triahtlon with this award presented by Adrian Roache from Castlebar Tri Club.

 Results from Westport Triathlon