The Year in Review - Sprint Distance National Champs

Dismount Line DCT 2019

Sprint Battles, Fierce Racing

A perfect mid August morning saw more than 900 of the country's best athletes head to Dublin for a single race to decide 2019 sprint distance age group champions.

Despite the Elite National Champs - from which the two Sprint Distance Champions would emerge - taking place on the same day and course, the field for what has long been one of the highlights of the entire season was stacked with formidable competition, including practically the entire leader's field of the women's BMW Triathlon National Series.

At stake was overall race victory, BMW Triathlon National Series points and 75 separate gold, silver and bronze Age Group medals. 

Colm Turner DCT 2019

Turner BACK on the top step 

Colm Turner made a welcome return to the top step of a major race podium in the men's field thanks to an exceptionally quick run which saw him complete the course in 58mins 16secs. Second place went to Ruaidhri Geraghty with Lochlainn Connolly in third. The top three positions only tell a tiny part of the story however as Age Group podiums were decided right across the race.

Each athlete will be entitled to collect their National Sprint Distance Championships medal at the 2019 Triathlon Ireland Awards Night in the Conrad Hotel on November 23rd!

With the awards just a few weeks away, tickets are selling fast - get yours now here.

Amy O'Keeffe DCT 2019

O'Keefe Wins the tightest of races

While Turner had a reasonably comfortable win in the men's race, a closer battle was taking place for the women. Toeing the line at the start of the swim were the eventual top three in the BMW Triathlon National Series - Hillary Hughes, Amy O'Keeffe and Becky Woods. Right throughout the season there had been little separating this trio and DCT was perhaps the clearest illustration of this fact.

An incredible 19 seconds was the margin from 1st to 3rd by the time the race was over with O'Keeffe taking the win thanks to her strong swimming. The strongest biker of the field, Hughes came home in second place with the strongest runner Woods finishing third.

As with the men's race, Age Group national championship medals were up for grabs right throughout the field and the results only tell skim the surface of the battles that took place right throughout the women's field from the youngest gold medalist Emma Boyle in the 16-17 year AG, up to Bernice Maher who won gold in her 65-69 year category.

 Men's Sprint Distance National Championships Age Group Medalists

MenFirst NameSurnameClub
16-171LukeBurkePredator TC
2EoinMcDermottPredator TC
3JackBingham-
18-191JackMoran-
2JackKennedy-
3JakeRushbyPeninsula TC
20-241EoinNagle-
2PatrickFahyBelpark TC
3ConorFarrellNaas TC
25-291MatthewCarrollHyperspeed TC
2GavinStapletonBelpark TC
3AndrewGrehanBelpark TC
30-341ColmTurnerLimerick TC
2LochlainnConnollyInvictus TC
3KillianNolanPiranha TC
35-391MichaelSculllyClonmel TC
2BjornLudickCork TC
3AlanConnollyEdenderry TC
40-441RuaidhriGeraghtyGalway TC
2EdnaBagnallEdenderry TC
3JohnHowlettNaas TC
45-491JamesCribbinMidland TC
2ErnestAsensio BlascoTri an Mhi TC
3MartinDivilllyGalway TC
50-541CliffordRodgers-
2PaddyCullen-
3RalphBarron-
55-591MichaelMakenAthlone TC
2NiallKavanaghTrilogy TC
3JohnKennyActive multisport TC
60-641JohnBrutonAthlone TC
2PeterMcLaughlinNorthwest TC
3DermotConnollyNorthwest TC
65-691GerardTurbittOmagh TC
2VinnyClohisey-
3-
70-741MichaelMallon-
2Francis XavierO'ConnorLanesboro TC
3-

Women's sprint distance national championships age group medalists

Women
First NameSurnameClub
16-171EmmaBoyle
Predator TC
2AmeliaTyler-
3EveFurlong
Racing 795
18-191AileenNagle-
2-
3-
20-241NiamhCorry
Piranha TC
2AislingWyerNaas TC
3EllieMcArdleIsland TC
25-291AmyO' KeeffeCork TC
2JenniferO'Sullivan
Belpark TC
3NatashaKelly247 TC
30-341HilaryHughes
Westport TC
2BeckyWoods
Piranha TC
3JoanneCummins
Wicklow TC
35-391SarahStapletonPulse TC
2SorchaMccan-
3SiobhanQuainPulse TC
40-441OliviaMcCartin
Athlone TC
2EstherBayonPulse TC
3JacquiDunphy
Piranha TC
45-491DonnaMahon
Belpark TC
2TaraJohnstonNaas TC
3DeirdreO Toole-
50-541NiamhRichardson
Kilkenny TC
2EileenO'Sullivan
Activemultisport TC
3KarenWatson-
55-591AnneMorrissey-
2EimearMathewsTrilogy TC
3JoanneBingham
Olympian TC
60-641HelenO'Shaughnessy
Drogheda TC
2-
3
65-691BereniceMaher
Northwest TC
2MarieCasey-breen
Wexford TC
3-