Irelands First youth championship was held by the Predator Triathlon Club in and around lough Rae on Sunday. The hotly contested under 12 races comprised of a standard format with a 300 mts swim, 5K bike and a 1500 meter run.

Westport’s Aaron Doherty showed good form in the Swim reaching the Turn at the front of the filed, misjudging the route back to transition seen him drop a number of places exiting the water in seventh position with a good gap to the leaders. A good transition one and a strong bike allowed him to catch and overtake the front runners. He entered transition two marginally ahead of the second placed athlete who had opened a huge gap over the rest of the field.

A poor second transition handed the initative to the following racer. The ensuing battle over the 1500 meter run resulted in a tight sprint finish that saw Aaron finish second Best. An excellent event and a wonderful introduction to the sport of Triathlon.

Congratulations to the Predator Triathlon Club for organising a fantastic event for the young Irish triathletes