The Year in Review: Men's 2019 BMWTriSeries

Harbourman 2019 Generic Run 2

The men's 2019 BMW Triathlon National Series was as exciting as ever, showcasing the best talent from around the country. 

We review this year's series below and list all of the Age Group podium athletes from M18-19 right up to M70-74. Everyone on this list will be honoured at the Triathlon Ireland Annual Awards in the Conrad Hotel, Dublin on November 23rd.

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Aaron Doherty Lough Key 2019

down to the wire

In a closely fought points race, Aaron Doherty has won the men's 2019 BMW Triathlon National Series, in his first full season of triathlon!

With just 0.163 separating Aaron from second placed Eoin Lyons and less than 3.5 points separating the top four athletes, the series went all the way to the last races of the season for the winner to be decided. 

Eighteen races made up this year's BMW Triathlon National Series, with an athlete's four best scoring races counting towards their final ranking. One of these races must be a sprint distance event and one must be a standard distance.

A total of 1898 men took part in the series - below we run through the top three and list the gold, silver and bronze medalists for every age group in the BMW Triathlon National Series. 

a win at home

Until 2019, Aaron Doherty's focus has been on the cycling world. Following in older brother Con's footsteps, Aaron made the move to triathlon this season, and what an impressive season it turned out to be! Showing strong bike and run form, Aaron stood on the podium in five of the six BMW Triathlon National Series races that he entered this year. 

Winning his home race in Westport announced Aaron Doherty's arrival on the domestic triathlon scene as a force to be reckoned with. Rarely outside the top two coming off the bike, Doherty had to battle it out on the run more than once this season. James Walton and Niall Cornyn (third and fourth placed in this year's series) ensured that Aaron had to work hard to stay ahead on more than one occasion.

Still racing the youngest 18 - 19 age group, a late season win at Lough Key Triathlon sealed a first time BMW Triathlon National Series victory for Aaron Doherty.

Aaron Doherty_Westport Finish Line

Eoin Lyons in second place

Focussing his efforts on middle distance racing in recent years, Eoin Lyons was as much of a challenge to the leaderboard as ever. Ahead of racing the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in Nice, Lyons made a charge at the BMW Triathlon National Series rankings, making the podium in each of his four races.

First scoring points at Boland's BMW Hook or by Crook, where Eoin was second to Kieran Jackson in an exciting race closely fought to the later stages of the run.

Eoin Lyons_Sheephaven 2019

At the Middle Distance National Championships in Sheephaven, Lyons ran out of run course - closing on leader Chris Mintern late into the run and finishing second just 19 seconds back after a tough morning's racing. Within a week Eoin was racing again, this time at the Standard Distance National Championships at Base2Race Wicklow Harbourman Triathlon. In fifth after the bike, Eoin Lyons dug deep on the ten kilometre run course to finish in third.

Another third at iTri Ennis in a strong field complete the series on a total of 494.477.

James Walton_Lough Neagh 2019

Third place: James Walton

2019 National Aquathlon Champion James Walton is third in this year's BMW Triathlon National Series. Taking an early win in the third round of the series at Crooked Lake started James' season.

In an exciting race at Two Provinces Triathlon, Walton was close to chasing down Aaron Doherty, finishing just ten seconds back for second place. Another convincing win at Lough Neagh gave Triangle TC's James another points boost, as did an impressive fourth place in a top class field at the Base2Race Wicklow Harbourman Triathlon.

A late season win for Niall Cornyn (pictured below) at Moby Dick Triathlon put Cornyn within 1.3 points of James Walton but in the end it wasn't enough to secure third spot. James Walton finishes third in this year's BMW Triathlon National Series.

Niall Cornyn_Moby Dick 2019

Men's 2019 BMW Triathlon National Series - Top Ten

1
Aaron Doherty
Westport TC
494.64
2
Eoin Lyons
Waterford Triathlon Club
494.477
3
James Walton
Triangle Triathlon Club
492.494
4Niall Cornyn
491.175
5
Lochlainn Connolly
Invictus TC
476.465
6
Sebastian Helka
South Coast TC
475.068
7
Killian Nolan
Piranha TC
469.761
8
Michael Scully
Clonmel TC
468.883
9
Enda Bagnall
Edenderry TC
466.73
10
Kieran Hopkins
Pulse TC
464.324

MEN'S 2019 BMW TRIATHLON NATIONAL SERIES - AGe group winners

Hook or by Crook Finish Line 2019

18 - 191Aaron DohertyWestport TC494.64
2Jake RushbyPeninsula TC430.492
3Darren FoleyAthy TC414.76
20-241James WaltonTriangle TC492.494
2Niall Cornyn
491.175
3Oran McGeeMuckno TC460.853
25 - 291
Eoin Lyons
Waterford Triathlon Club
494.477
2Gavin StapletonBelpark TC459.903
3Matthew CarrollHyper Speed TC455.439
30 - 341Lochlainn ConnollyInvictus TC476.465
2Killian NolanPiranha TC469.761
3Stephen ChambersLimerick TC460.559
35 - 391Sebastian HelkaSouth Coast TC475.068
2Michael ScullyClonmel TC468.883
3Kieran HopkinsPulse TC464.324
40 - 441Enda BagnallEdenderry TC466.73
2Declan O'DonoghueKillarney TC453.799
3Fergus O'TooleHyper Speed TC449.857
45 - 491Ernest Asensio BlascoTri an Mhi TC463.541
2Martin Waldron  Belpark TC453.413
3James CribbinMidland TC451.776
50 - 541Shane ScaddingWaterford TC450.216
2Clifford Rodgers442.153
3Peter Savage437.983
55 - 591Michael MackenAthlone TC428.334
2Liam Liddy409.922
3Gerard KennySetanta TC408.946
60 - 641John BrutonAthlone TC421.507
2Dermot ConnollyNorthwest TC392.166
3John LyonsPiranha TC382.406
65 - 691Gerard TurbittOmagh TC380.201
2John DarcyWicklow TC374.966
3Brendan O'NeillCork TC356.91
70 - 74 1Desmond McHenryOlympian TC350.21
2Michael Mallon322.392
3Francis Xavier O'ConnorLanesboro TC243.515

PICTURE GALLERIES, RACE COVERAGE & RACE REPORTS

Rewatch the best moments from the 2019 BMW Triathlon National Series through live event coverage posted on the Triathlon Ireland Facebook Page, where you will also find thousands of images from this summer's series.

Race Reports from each event can be found on the TI website.

All the medalists will be presented with their silverware at the 2019 Triathlon Ireland Awards Night on the 23rd November 2019 in The Conrad Hotel, Dublin. Click here for tickets.

CORRECTIONS/QUERIES/APPEALS

Thousands of athletes have raced the BMW Triathlon National Series in 2019 and from time to time omissions or errors in results, or membership status issues require ranking re-calculations.

If you have a query about your BMW Triathlon National Series points total - please email us at events@triathlonireland.com before 5pm on Friday, 1st November.

Following this deadline, the BMW Triathlon National Series tables will be considered final.