International Action – Tiszaujvaros Junior European Cup, Hungary
Fresh from winning the London Triathlon Junior Elite Men’s race, TI Junior Russell White has placed 9th in the ETU Junior Cup race in Tiszijvarous, Hungary.
The junior race took place on Saturday the 13th and was raced over a new trial format which included a Preliminary Heat consisting of a 500m Swim, 13.2km Bike and 3.2km Run. The top 10 athletes from each preliminary and the next best 5 times progressed to the final which was raced over the same course as the heats.
White put in a strong swim exiting the water in 6th and putting him right in contention for the bike and run legs. White then biked with the lead pack and ran well to finish less than 30 seconds behind the winner.
This result in an extremely competitive field which contained the best that Britain, Canada, Russia, Australia and numerous other top triathlon nations has to offer marks the continued development of White and shows he can perform at the top level.
International Action – Tiszijvarous World Cup, Hungary
In the senior ranks World Championship Medallist and Olympic hopeful Aileen Morrison had a disappointing outing. Morrison was tipped for the podium and swam and biked well to exit T2 with the leaders but decided to pull out of the run after felling a slight pain in her calf. “DNF at tizzy Word Cup. Sore calf, wound have been stupid to run a 10k hard.”
Gavin Noble and Bryan Keane got underway in the afternoon and both had solid races. Noble exited the water in the top 20 but just missed a breakaway pack of 7 by a matter of seconds. The lead pack stayed away for the entire bike section with the eventual winner being Brent McMahon of Canada. Noble finished the day off with a 31:36 10km run which moved him into 19th and earned some valuable Olympic Qualification points.
Keane finished in 33rd position out of a packed field of 75 men and will be looking to continue his return to the top level after the shattered knee he suffered last year.
Caroline Kearney Memorial Triathlon
Almost 300 triathletes took to the crystal clear waters of Lough Ennell near Mulingar for the Caroline Kearney Memorial Triathlon today. Expertly run by Midland Tri Club and part of the Vodafone National Series, the event honours one of Triathlon Ireland’s former superstars: Caroline Kearney who was tragically taken in a training accident in 2006.
In variable conditions, it was Belpark’s Craig Longmore who blitzed the field today with second place taken by former International cross country runner Colm Turner from Limerick Tri Club, and Mark Horan of Pulse in third.
Longmore exited from the 1500m swim in 24:20 which was almost 5 minutes down on the leader John Reidy at this stage. However a 1:02:48 bike section was the quickest of the day and allowed him to race through the field and into the lead. Turner who was a little off the pace coming into T2, ran a 33:20 10k in order to move up to 2nd while Horan was solid in all 3 disciplines and took a well deserved 3rd.
In the Women’s race, it was Vodafone National Series leader Jennifer Duffy who took a comfortable win over Brianne Mulvill in 2nd and Triathlon Ireland High Performance Coach Lynne Algar in 3rd. Duffy’s 38 minute 10k was the difference between the women on this occasion.
Tri the Lough
Tri the Lough Sprint triathlon saw over 150 keen athletes take to the start line. Ex professional Trevor Woods was the clear winner in 1:02:05 followed by Patrick McKenna 2minutes back and Edward Brennan in 3rd. Ex Irish Ironman Record Holder Liam Dolan was just out of the medals in 4th position which shows the high standard of the field.
Anne Paul won the women’s race in 1:14:45 ahead of Emma Bamford of Olympian Tri Clun in 2nd and Joanne Bingham in 3rd.
Tri Kingdom Come
Limerick Tri Club’s David Richardson took the win in Saturday’s Tri Kingdom Come Sprint Triathlon which was held in the beautiful Tralee Co Kerry. Richardson has had a number of good results which have put him into 2nd place overall in the Vodafone National Series at this stage. Triathlon Ireland Coach Stephen Teeling Lynch was 2nd and just 8 seconds back in 3rd was Ross Higgins.
In the women’s race it was Junior Ailbhe Carroll who took a fine victory thanks in part to a quick 10:45 swim. Like the men’s race it was a close battle for 2nd and 3rd but Vanessa Fenton just edged out Denise Casey on the day.
RNLI Aquathlon Series Final
The final of the RNLI Aquathlon Series took place in Skerries under sunny skies.
Finalist from the previous rounds held in venues including Wicklow, Clogher head and as far north as Lough Swilly were invited to compete in the final which consisted in a 1500mt swim followed by a 10k run.
Competitors were greeted to a now familiar face on the Triathlon circuit, Decca Ironman champion, Gerry Duffy who provided some inspirational words for those about to take part.
Overall Series Podium
1st Eamon McConvey 1st Maire Fox
2nd Michael John Grogan 2nd Carla Magill
3rd John Darcy 3rd Fiona Tormey
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