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2018 BMW Triathlon Ireland National Series Roundup

Airpower Hook or by Crook Triathlon

The BMW 2018 triathlon national series served up some fantastic races around the country none better than the much-awaited return to the national series of the Airpower Hook or by Crook sprint race. With Martin Condon at the helm as race director and ably assisted by his team most notably by his assistant David McConnell, the race was a tremendous success with over 600 triathletes taking part. Clubs like Belpark, Kilkenny, Clonmel and Piranha TCs among many other clubs provided huge numbers on a beautiful sunny June day in Dunmore East.

Both the men and women’s races had entries from most of the country’s top performers on the TI circuit in what was a hotly contested race. Ellen Murphy of Belpark TC continued to prove what a top triathlete she is taking 1st Place in the women’s race with 36 seconds to spare over her club mate Maeve Maher-McWilliams and Piranha TC’s Becky Woods storming home in 3rd place. Congratulations to Ellen, Maeve & Becky.

The Waterford News & Star, June 2018 Sports Star of the Month, Kieran Jackson of Waterford TC quietly rolled up to the start of the men’s race. The ‘iron fist in a velvet glove’ came to mind however, when the bell went, as Kieran was explosive and put the foot down from start to finish to take 1st Place by a massive 4 minutes over the outstanding Donncha Kiely, Cork TC in 2nd and Waterford’s own Paul Ogle in 3rd Place. Congratulations to Kieran, Donncha & Paul.

In the women’s race a big well done to Julie Hayden, 5th Place in AG and Jennifer Hennebry and Liz Lyons, 10th in their respective AG. Jennifer put in a number of great performances over the sprint distance this season, proving that the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree! No doubt 2019 will prove to be even better for these women.

In the Junior men’s race AG16-17, Waterford TC’s highflying Conor McDonagh was unfortunately injured leading up to the race and unable to take part. That said all three podium spots were taken by Club members, Luke Doyle, Jack Flynn and Michael O’Sullivan. Congratulations Luke, Jack and Michael on your achievement. Along with Conor, you will soon be on the heels of Kieran and Eoin Lyons!!

In all 32 members of the club competed in the 2018 edition of the Airpower Hook or by Crook race with great results all round by the members. Well done to all members!

The Airpower Hook or by Crook 2018 has been shortlisted as Race of the Year by Triathlon Ireland, which is a great honour for the Club and a fine personal achievement for Race Director Martin Condon. Congratulations Martin!

Super Series

The 2018 Super Series was fantastic for the Club this year. The TI Super Series pits the elite Male and Female Triathletes in the country against each other in 5 draft-legal races over the season. The triathlete’s best 3 results are used to calculate their overall score in the Super series. The Club has been fortunate to have two qualified athletes, Kieran Jackson and Eoin Lyons competing in the Super Series since 2015. Eoin, who has shone in the series in the past, came 3rd Overall in both 2015 and 2016 but did not compete in the series this year.

Kieran didn’t finish the series in previous years for various reasons including going on international duty with Triathlon Team Ireland. 2018 was different however, and Kieran went all out for the Series win with high level consistent performances at home in his chosen races along with competing for Ireland in Europe and dealing with the adversity of some injuries.

First up was the Two Provinces Super Series in July and Kieran came home second by a mere 4 seconds! in an Uber competitive race with another international, Darren Dunne.

In September, Piranha TC held the massive Dublin City Triathlon. This race acted as both the Irish Sprint National Championship and a Super Series race. The competition was fierce as an Irish National title was at stake. Kieran overcame a minor injury leading into the race to sprint finish into the Silver medal position behind winner Chris Mintern of Cork TC and gained valuable bonus points in the process.

Round 4 of the Series was held in Castlewellan, Co. Down but Kieran didn’t compete in that race. This meant that he had to win the 5th and final round of the Super Series in Pulse TC’s Po