Aquathlon National Champs

Paratriathletes Aquathlon Champs 2020

Five new champions were crowned yesterday at the Aquathlon National Championships, which were hosted by Triangle Triathlon Club at the Lake at Kilrea.

The small lake in Northern Ireland was the perfect setting for fast, contained racing with all the swimming and running action visible from a single vantage point. 

Due to COVID-19, this was the first national championships Triathlon Ireland hosted in 2020 and strict social distancing measures, including reduced numbers, a staggered start and the cancellation of prize giving ensured the safety of everyone who participated.


The final results from the event are now available for viewing on the results section of our website.

You can also see the Age Group results by scrolling to the bottom of this page.

Donnacha McCarthy Aquathlon Champs 2020


Donnacha McCarthy and guide Bryan McCrystal won the PTVI para-aquathlon race but while the pair went in as overwhelming favourites, their margin of victory over the pairing of Leo Hynes and guide Stephen Teeling Lynch was just 42secs.

Relative newcomer Oliver Gunning claimed the bronze medal with guide Paul Carroll.

Men's Podium Aquathlon Champs 2020

Senior Aquathlon

The senior race was a tale of two dominant performances by Emma Porter and Kieran Jackson.

Jackson swam 12mins 44secs for the 1000m - the quickest of the day. But he had Darragh O'Neil just four seconds behind upon his exit from the water. A slower transition saw Jackson slip in to second heading out on to the run but his 16min 21sec 5k time put him easily clear to take his first national title of 2020 in an overall time of 29mins 43secs.

Meanwhile a fierce battle was raging behind between teenager Sabian Kulczynski and Niall Cornyn. Kulczynski was out of the water first with a very quick 13mins 07secs swim - a full 1min 43secs quicker than Cornyn's swim split.

Cornyn has a reputation for making his way through the field on the last leg of a race and Sunday was no exception - he covered the 5km in a very impressive 16mins 12secs - the quickest split of the day.

All the while he was gaining fast on second place. In the end, it was incredibly close with just seven seconds separating Cornyn from Kulczynski on the line but it was Kulczynski who hung on to claim second.

Emma Porter Aquathlon Champs 2020

Porter Wins Women's Race

In the women's race, Emma Porter put her stamp of authority on proceedings with the quickest swim and second quickest run split of the field to win in an impressive 34mins 48secs.

Ciara Wilson Aquathlon Champs 2020

Second place went to Ciara Wilson - an athlete who has in the past thrived on the duathlon scene but who swam excellently and ran almost 2mins quicker than any other woman in the race to cross the line in 36mins 52secs.

Helen Perry Aquathlon Champs 2020

Third place went to Helen Perry who emerged out of the water just three seconds slower than Wilson and ran the third quickest split of the day to finish in 38mins 23secs.

 Generic Swimmer Aquathlon Champs 2020

Junior Champs

As the race was run over sprint distance, junior athletes were able to start and compete on the same course as the seniors. Sabian Kulczynski doubled up by adding a junior title to his senior silver with Oonagh Payne winning the women's junior title. Payne swam the second quickest swim split of the entire women's field and was the sixth quickest of all the female athletes on the day.

Darragh O'Neil and Nina Margy were second in the junior categories and have secured national silver medals while Jack Kennedy claimed the bronze medal in the men's junior category. There was no third placed female athlete in the race to claim bronze.

Age Group Overall Winners

Overall Female Age Group Winners

16 - 171stOonagh Payne
2ndNina Margry
20 - 241stAlana Kerr
25 - 291stDanielle O'Riordan
2ndEmma Jo Mullan
30 - 341stEmma Porter
2ndCiara Wilson
3rdHelen Perry
35 - 391stEmma Kerr
2ndSophie Milne
40 - 441stKirsty Bogle
45 - 491stJulie O'Hagan
2ndOlivia McCartin
3rdClaire Duffield
50 - 541stCathy Cunningham
2ndJane Talbot
3rdKaren Kavanagh
55 - 591stAnne Paul
2ndJoanne Bingham
3rd Vera McCool
60 - 641stAnne Morrissey
2nd Siobhan Greer
65 - 691stAnne Jack

Overall Male Age Group Winners

16 - 171stDarragh O'Neill
2ndTom Williamson
3rdShane Kavanagh
18 - 191stSabian Kulczynski
2ndJack Kennedy
3rdJack Bingham
20 - 241stNiall Cornyn
2ndOran McGee
3rdBen Carr
25 - 291stKieran Jackson
2ndEmmett Mullan
3rdMatthew Kinkaid
30 - 341stRoy Cameron
2ndDaniel McManus
3rdKyle Duncan
35 - 391stGraham Dillon
2ndShaun Heaney
3rdConor Preshaw
40 - 441stDavid Cahill
2ndJoe Mallon
3rdBarry Atkinson
45 - 491stAlistair Duffield
2ndJames Cleland
3rdPhil Wood
50 - 541stGlenn Pollock
2ndPaul McConnellgue
3rdThomas Moore
55 - 591stMichael Macken
2ndPeter McConville
3rdSam Cordner
60 - 641stJohn Connaghar
2ndDermott Connolly
3rdDeclan Murray
65 - 691stGerard Turbitt
2ndReid Jack
70 - 741stDesmond McHenry

Images and Video

We've got an image gallery from the day and lots of live videos where you can relive the action over on our Facebook page.