Weekend Duathlon Round Up: 23/24 February 2019

Naas Duathlon2_Race Start

The duathlon season is now well underway with a busy weekend of racing around the country. This past weekend saw the second of the Galco Naas Duathlons host the Intervarsity National Champs, the BMW Duathlon National Series at Eirgen WTC Tramore Duathlon and Setanta Duathlon take place.

THREE IN A ROW FOR CIARA WILSON

The third round of the BMW Duathlon National Series took place a the Eirgen WTC Tramore Duathlon run by Waterford Triathlon Club on Saturday, 23 February. Conditions were wet and cold, making for a tough sprint distance race.

In the women's race, Ciara Wilson had the quickest run split of the day by over ninety seconds - completing the first 5km run in 17.18 and held that lead throughout to take her third win in the first three races of the series. The battle for second place was taking place between Donna Mahon and Niamh Richardson. Richardson came off the first run in second place, six seconds behind third place Mahon. Mahon worked hard out on the bike course to overtake Niamh Richardson and head into T2 with a twenty second advantage. Running a fast 15:48 for 3.5km wasn't enough to fully close the gap and Niamh Richardson finished third in 1:07:44, Donna Mahon in second with 1:07:39.

Tramore Duathon2019_Womens Podium

Emmet Kelly put down one of the quickest bike splits of the day to close the gap to leader after T1 Niall Cornyn. Cornyn had the fastest second run of 12:11 but it wasn't enough to catch Kelly out on the 3.5km course. Emmet Kelly finished in 53:53 to win the third round of the BMW Duathlon National Series, Niall Cornyn second and Marc Flavin in third.

Tramore Duathlon2019_Mens Podium

The next round of the BMW Duathlon National Series takes place at Northwest Triathlon Club's Buncrana Duathlon on 10th March 2019.

Thanks to the Race Organisers of the Galco Naas Duathlon and Setanta Duathlon for sending in the following reports: 

Galco Naas Duathlon

Round 2 of the Galco Naas Duathlon Series was another sell-out race with over 200 entrants registered, including some very competitive athletes. This time there was added interest as this was also the National Intervarsity Championship.

Naas Duathlon2_Men's Podium

On a beautiful spring morning, the race comprised of a 3k run on the ambulance track around the racecourse followed by a 20k cycle out to Blessington and back and ending with a second 3k run to finish in front of the grandstand.

Cian Kelly set a blistering pace once again on the first run, coming into T1 closely followed by Conor Tiernan with Michael Moran and Colm Turner just behind. With a strong wind picking up, the bike leg was always going to be decisive and so it proved with Shane Power and Colm Turner leading into T2, from Michael Moran and Conor Tiernan. Colm got away best although Conor tried valiantly to catch him, posting the fastest 2nd run of the day but came up just short, leaving Colm Turner to claim 1st place, Conor Tiernan in 2nd with Michael Moran in 3rd.

Naas Duathlon2_Women's Podium

In the women’s race, Christine Russell led from the start from Hikka Kontro, Jennifer O’Sullivan and Shannon Kelly. Once again, the bike leg was significant with Shannon Kelly passing Hikka and closing in on Jennifer. Once onto the second run Christine pulled away to take the win ahead of Shannon Kelly in 2nd while a fast finishing Hikka Kontro just edged out Jennifer O’Sullivan for 3rd. 

In the Intervarsity Championship the honours went to Christine Russell and Michael Moran both from DCU while Leo Doyle won the Junior section ahead of Cian Ibbotson and Cian Kelly.

Wins for Ellen Vitting and Paul Carroll at Setanta Duathlon

A large field provided great racing today in race one of the Sportsman duathlon series, hosted by Setanta Triathlon Club. The weather forecast promised a dry, bright day but as competitors arrived the last of the overnight rain was just clearing on a cool, misty morning in Ravensdale, County Louth. Thankfully the road conditions were dry before the 10AM start for the 3.2k run, 20k cycle and 3.2k run legs.

Setanta Duathlon

John Whelan, Paul Carroll and Finbar McGrady built up early leads in the Men’s race to enter T1 in that order in 10:39, 10:57 and 11:01 respectively, followed closely by Jordan Johnston, Gareth Moran and Setanta’s Paul Savage.

Ellen Vitting led the ladies into T1 with a fifty second lead, followed by Siobhan Gallagher and Eithne McGorman.

Whelan, McGrady and Carroll were joined in the fight for the Mens’ podium places by Newry Tri Club’s Peter McConville and it was these four who posted the fastest bike splits. At the end of the second run, Carroll held on for first place to finish in a fantastic time of 0:49:31, with Finbar McGrady second and John Whelan third. Peter McConville finished 4 th and Gareth Moran in 5 th .

Ellen Vitting led from start to finish in a time of 0:56:44 with Siobhan Gallagher second and Eithne McGorman third.

This duathlon is ideal for athletes who want to try a new sport and today we welcomed lots of first timers, all of who experienced this great sport. They were helped throughout with encouragement and guidance by the very experienced management team and marshals.

Results from the race are here.

Event photos are available on Facebook.