iTri Ennis - Woods and Doherty win Round 9

iTri Ennis - Swim

We are officially halfway through the triathlon season! This year’s iTri Ennis, organised by Ennis Triathlon Club, is round nine of 18 rounds for the BMW Triathlon National Series. Ballyalla Lake outside Ennis, Co. Clare was the venue for today's event.

Racing started off with the Try-a-tri athletes and a 200m swim. Try-a-tri is an ideal distance for those starting out in the sport that may not be used to open water. A shorter swim with the regular 20km bike and 5km run gives anybody a great chance to try the sport. Once these athletes were on the bike course, the sprint distance waves began.

Today's course lent itself to fast, exciting racing and an enjoyable afternoon of triathlon.

Doherty leads the swim at home race

In her home race, Ennis Triathlon Club's Ella Doherty led the women's race out of the 750 metre swim by the incredible margin of over two minutes. With a swim of 9:27, junior athlete Doherty's swim was the sixth quickest of the entire field. Grainne Kelly was second out of the water and Ella's team mate at this year's Mixed Team Relay National Champs, Carla Griffin, was third. With a quick transition Becky Woods overtook Griffin in transition to cross the mount line in third.

With a strong bike, the quickest of the day, Fiona Mangan made up over two minutes to pass Ella Doherty and enter T2 in the lead, with Doherty just seconds behind. Mangan's lead was short lived however as Ella Doherty overtook her in the opening metres of the five kilometre run. Just 30 seconds behind the pair Becky Woods entered the run in third and Olivia McCartin a further 40 seconds back in fourth.

Woods made up the deficit to take the lead early on the run and extend it to forty seven seconds to win today's race. This is the second win for Becky at this year's BMW Triathlon National Series having topped the podium at the first race of the year, Tri795 Carlow. Ella Doherty came home second. Having previously finished third at Westport Triathlon, this was Fiona Mangan's was third again today.

Becky talked through her race strategy after the race:

"I took the swim a little bit easier. I stuck by my guns and just held back a little bit because it gives me more power and energy on the bike. Then I just can't wait 'til I can get to transition and put on the runners. For me I feel like that's the enjoyable part of the race."

iTriEnnis 2019 - Womens Podium

Of the run course, Woods said:

"It was good, it was nice... there was a good few uphills and I love uphill. If you're a runner that plays to your advantage and then there were downhills so I could catch my breath afterwards."

"It's always tough in triathlon, but that was a nice enough course."

Two Dohertys - one triathlon

For the third week in a row, a Doherty was on the BMW Triathlon National Series podium - this time together! Brothers Con and Aaron Doherty finished first and second respectively in today's race in Ennis. The silver today for younger brother Aaron is his second podium in one week, having won at Two Provinces triathlon last weekend. Con was second at the Base2Race Wicklow Harbourman Standard Distance National Champs two weeks ago.

National Aquabike National Champion Cillian Tierney led the swim by seven seconds to junior athlete Ralf Bodamer with Con Doherty third and another junior, Ennis Tri Club's Sabian Kulczynski in fourth. Racing in his third BMW Triathlon National Series race in four weeks, Eoin Lyons was fifth at this point.

Over one minute back, Aaron Doherty spent the bike chasing down the lead athletes to come into T2 with Cillian Tierney and Con.

Speaking after today's race, Con Doherty breaks down how the third phase of the race played out;

"The three of us came out of transition pretty much together and I thought Aaron was going to hold onto me for a sec...he held on for about 300 metres and then dropped back and I pushed on. But fair play to the two boys, especially Aaron, he's come a long way in the past three or four months."

Eoin Lyons has battled bravely more than once in the past few weeks as witnessed in Sheephaven Middle Distance where he closed a large gap to Chris Mintern, and Base2Race Wicklow Harbourman where he ran into a podium position. Lyons took his third podium spot of the series this afternoon, putting in a consistent run with the same 17:49 run split as second placed Aaron Doherty.

iTriEnnis 2019 Mens Podium

Results and Galleries

Photo galleries will be uploaded shortly. You can rewatch all the action in the Facebook live posts on the Triathlon Ireland page.

Results on redtagtiming.com.