Tri Limits Middle Distance - Race Report

Kim Hickey Tri Limits 2018Testing Conditions in Tyrone

Severe weather tested competitors and organisers at Round 10 of the BMW Triathlon National Series, hosted by Tri Limits Middle Distance Triathlon in Tyrone.

The race began in perfectly calm conditions as more than 200 competitors entered the a becalmed Esgragh Lough near Dungannon. And while that was soon to change there was little indication of what lay ahead during the two lap 1,900m swim, which saw Dave Sheridan distance the entire field to enter T1 alone with a 24mins 49sec swim split.

More than three minutes elapsed before the next quickest athlete, Michael Sinton emerged from the water, closely followed by the quickest woman out of the water Kim Hickey.

Summer Storm

In all, 211 competitors embarked on the three lap 90km bike circuit but about one hour in to the cycling element, the weather gods frowned on what had up to this point been a dull but calm July morning.

A light rain began to fall which soon developed to heavy downpours while gusty north-westerly winds began to blow across the course. The result was flash flooding on a number of stretches of the bike course and plunging temperatures.

With dozens of athletes less than halfway through the bike leg, both the road and weather conditions made the course extremely treacherous. 

Close co-operation from the PSNI, the ambulance service, the race organisers and bystanders allowed for literally dozens of competitors to be collected from the course and triaged at the race head quarters. While many were treated for mild hypothermia, warm drinks and food provided by the race organisers allowed all to recover relatively quickly. In the end, just 77 athletes finished the race. 

Men's Podium Tri Limits

Olejniczak and Hickey Win

Meanwhile athletes at the front of the field were continuing to battle the weather and each other with Mariusz Olejniczak overhauling Dave Sheridan during the run to take victory in an impressive time of 4hrs 11mins 01secs. Sheridan crossed the line just 1min 13secs later for second with Michael Sinton claiming third in 4hrs 23mins 36secs.

A similar situation was afoot in the women's race with Kim Hickey overhauling the leader at T2 - Catherine Sands - to move in to the lead as she ran a hugely impressive 1hr 32min half marathon to finish in 4hrs 55mins 13secs.

Sands crossed the line a little over 7mins later with Lisa Collins finishing in third in 5hrs 26mins 52secs.

Women's Podium Tri Limits 2018

Results and Images

Final results are now available on our Race Results section while there are hundreds of pics from the day on our facebook page.