National Duathlon Champs, Donegal
In Burnfoot, Donegal, NorthWest Triathlon Club staged the Triathlon Ireland National Duathlon Championships. A field of more than 100 were met with fine and sunny conditions.
The Mens Race was won by Paul Carroll of Olympian in 1’50’37, who battled with Bjorn Ludick (1’51″28) who finished third. Second place was claimed by Cian Delaney (1’51″17).
In the Women’s event, the National Duathlon Championship title was taken out by Anna Crooks from the Predator club in 2’11″41. Judith Lowry was second from JulieAnne Bowden in third.
Our own Noel Brady was the 50-54 National age group winner and rising star
Anthony Murray was the 20-24 National age group winner.
The inaugural Ennis Duathlon was held on Sunday 3rd April in Lees Road Sports & Amenity Park. The course started with a 3k trail run through the adjacent forest followed by a 14k cycle in windy conditions and finished with another run through the forest. There were 167 entrants in a wide field ranging from elites, age groupers and a Triathlon Ireland Youth Development Squad to first-timers, mothers and local club members.
The short course meant a fast race and the first run was finished in under 9 minutes by Mike Yelverton quickly followed by Westport’s Con Doherty and Ennis Tri Club’s own Patrick Quinn. While there were many battles behind, this remained the order of the top 3 finishers. The first three females home were Derval Devaney, Andree Walkin & Maebh Hurst.