Buck & Maher-McWilliams win Lough Cutra BMW Triathlon National Series

Lough Cutra Swim Start 2019

A busy day of multisport for day two of the Lough Cutra Triathlon Festival. Everything from the Aquabike National Championship, The Gauntlet Middle Distance Race to half marathons and junior races and lots more in between, including one of the day's feature races, the standard distance BMW Triathlon National Series race. 

Over two hundred competitors on the hunt for some early season points in the second round of the series were greeted by slightly damp and cold conditions but this cleared in time for swim start. 

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top of the podium this week for Maher-McWilliams

The course at Lough Cutra will test the legs on both the bike and the run routes. The two lap 5km run is over a mixture of trails and road, suiting those used to varied terrain. This didn't dampen the progress of 2017 series winner Maeve Maher-McWilliams who had a healthy lead coming out of the swim and held it throughout the race, moving up one spot on the podium from second at Tri795 Carlow last week to win today.

Niamh Staunton and Rachael Beck were second and third out of the water respectively but out on the bike course Westport Triathlon Club's Hilary Hughes moved up the field to go onto the run in second, finishing in that position. Pulse Triathlon Club's Sarah Stapleton left T2 in third with Cavan Triathlon Club's Sasha Gannon just 20 seconds back. Gannon overtook Stapleton in the early stages of the run and held a 15 second gap to Sarah Stapleton for the rest of the run, finishing third.

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Wicklow's Brendan Buck takes the win

Two swimmers stood out from the pack in the men's race. Sebastian Helka had a huge four minute gap after the 1500 metre swim, getting a good head start on the bike over his nearest rival, Andy Grehan. Unfortunately mechanical issues out on the bike course meant Helka was forced to retire, leaving the opportunity for someone to bike into first. Brendan Buck from Wicklow Triathlon Club put the fastest bike split of the day in 1:04:04 to come into transition in the lead with Cork Triathlon Club's Tomas Kenefick behind. Bjorn Ludik was in fourth at his point and Andy Grehan in fifth. 

Strong running came to the fore out on the undulating course and Belpark Triathlon Club's Stafford Vigors made his way into a podium spot with his run of 40:34 over the 10k course. Moving from the top twenty after the swim into top ten off the bike and running into the bronze position. Brendan Buck held position on the run to win the second round of the BMW Triathlon National Series, Tomas Kenefick second.

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CAtch up

Full results can be seen on the Lough Cutra website here.

Galleries from the race will be live on the Triathlon Ireland Facebook page shortly. If you missed any of the action you can watch the Facebook live feed!