Wade and Jameson win Second Round of BMW National Series

Lough Cutra NS Race Briefing

The 2018 BMW Triathlon National Series stopped in the west of the country this past weekend and raced on the private Lough Cutra Estate outside Gort in Co. Galway. In good, if slightly humid, race conditions - over 400 athletes took on the challenge of a standard distance race. A 1500m lake swim, 40km bike course and 10km run course lay ahead for the three waves of triathletes in the second round of this year's series.

An early lead

UK triathlete Sam Wade was first out of the water with approximately a 100m lead on his nearest rival. He did have company however, as fellow Britain Catherine Jameson was hot on his heels exiting the water with a great swim for 2nd overall at this point.

Three of the top five overall post-swim were women after strong showings from Emma Porter and Siobhan Gallagher and they set off in pursuit of Jameson out on the bike course. Steven Sims and Clifford Rodgers exited the water in second and third respectively in the men's race.

Wade opened up more of the lead out on the two loop bike course and never looked in danger of being caught, heading out onto the run with a three minute lead over Steven Sims.

Having put in a strong bike performance with the fastest split of the day, Newry Triathlon Club's Finbar McGrady was third off the bike and held his position on the run, leaving the men's podium unchanged and meaning Sam Wade took the win in a time of 2:05:29.

Final results

1.Sam Wade2:05:29
2.Steven Sims2:11:27
3.Finbar McGrady2:12:53

Lough Cutra NS Race Briefing

Jameson shows swim strength

As mentioned earlier, Catherine Jameson really impressed on the swim, entering T1 just behind overall leader Sam Wade. A quick transition and Jameson was out on to the bike course where she opened up a significant lead. 

It was clear on leaving transition two that second and third placed Siobhan Gallagher and Emma Porter were going to have to put in a stellar run over the mixed terrain run in order to bridge the gap of approximately six minutes at this point.

It never looked in doubt though and Catherine Jameson completed the course to take the win in a time of 2:20:05, 9 minutes 25 seconds ahead of her nearest rival, Siobhan Gallagher of Letterkenny Triathlon Club.

It was two third place finishes in this race for Newry Triathlon Club, as Catherine Sands finished the race for bronze after a quick run with the second fastest split of the day in 41.38. Eventual 7th placed finisher Katie Hickson posted the fastest run split of the day with a time of 40:42.


1.Catherine Jameson2:20:05
2.Siobhan Gallagher2:29:30
3.Catherine Sands2:30:04

Lough Cutra 2018 NS Womens Podium

Next Up

The next stop for the BMW National Series will be in the south of the country at the Centra Fastnet Schull Sprint Triathlon on the 9th of June. For entries see the TI Race Calendar.