McConnell & Doherty win at Two Provinces

Two Provinces 2019 Swim

Round eight of this year's BMW Triathlon National Series is Two Provinces Triathlon organised by Lanesborough Triathlon Club in Co. Longford. With conditions ideally suited for racing, this fast course provided spectators with exciting races for the men's and women's podiums as well as providing beginners with the ideal opportunity to try out triathlon.

Almost 500 athletes in six waves took the challenge today, and a great day's racing was had by all. 

Erin McConnell Two Provinces 2019

Women's Race

It was a close run event from the off between Erin McConnell and Emma Porter today. McConnell had the lead out of the swim with Porter just thirty seconds back. Once out on the 20km out and back course, the lead changed multiple times with Porter entering and exiting T2 with a thirty second lead.

It took until three kilometres for Erin to catch Emma again and a further kilometre until she put in an effort to pull away, finishing 16 seconds ahead to win her first BMW Triathlon National Series of 2019. Emma Porter second in a time of 1:05:47.

Erin spoke after the race about how the run played out for her;

"I saw her in the distance and I did hunt her down to be fair. I just kept focussing and focussing, and pulled her in a little bit. I just feel like my run was really strong. My run isn't my strongest point by far so it was a good booster for me."

With fourth place at last week's Wicklow Harbourman still in her legs, Emma Porter enjoyed today's race

"I was happy, it was great. I think I led the run until about 3k and myself and Erin ran shoulder to shoulder for a kilometre, it was really great to have a head to head race, I just didn't quite have the legs to finish it."

"It was nice to come out today and put in a good performance, feeling a little bit sluggish but it was good."

Behind the leaders, Lauren Strange was third out of the water but once out on the bike it was Hilary Hughes who worked her way through the field with the fastest bike split of the day. Exiting transition with almost three minutes to Emma Porter, Hughes had work to do out on the run. The 2019 Middle Distance National Champion put in a strong run of 18:28 to close the gap to 58 seconds, finishing third today. Today's result means Hilary Hughes takes an impressive fourth podium in four BMW Triathlon National Series races.

Women's Podium Two Provinces 2019

Men's Race

There was some highly competitive racing in both field's today, with many of the contenders for the men's race coming from the Top 10 finishers at last week's National Standard Distance Championships at Wicklow Harbourman. 

James Walton and Michael Moran lead after the swim with David Sheridan in third. Splitting his time between triathlon and cycling this season, Aaron Doherty did some chasing out on the bike course gaining a lead on most of the field, except for David Sheridan. The two entered T2 within seconds of each other to head out on the five kilometre run. The fourth place finisher at last week's Standard Distance National Championships, Triangle Triathlon Club's James Walton, was third at this point.

Closing the gap to just ten seconds, Walton was unable to pass Doherty in the closing stages of the run with the race between the two going right to the finish line of the sprint distance course. 

The battle for final spot on the podium was then between David Sheridan and Niall Cornyn. Cornyn was fourth after the bike but put in one of the fastest runs of the day to finish 34 seconds behind James Walton for third.

Aaron Doherty was pleased to take his second victory of the BMW Triathlon National Series, having won his home race in Westport last month;

"It was good. My swim went alot better than it went last week in Wicklow so I was happy with that. Then I just got on the bike and put the head down."

"There's quite a few good cyclists here...I did a lot of hard work to catch them on the bike."

On knowing James Walton was behind him;

"I could hear him breathing down my neck. I was happy to hold him off, I was sure he was going to catch me!"

Men's Podium Two Provinces 2019

Results

Full results from sportsplits.com.

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