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2019 National Series Roundup

Eirgen Pharma WTC Tramore Duathlon

In 2019, 32 Members took to the Duathlon circuit wearing the colours of Waterford TC. The largest single contingent of 30 members took to the start line in the Eirgen Pharma WTC Tramore Duathlon in February. This race formed part of Triathlon Ireland’s Duathlon National Series and it did not disappoint on the day with a massive 405 duathletes competing on a great course in Tramore. Emmet Kelly put in a peerless performance on the day to take 1st place overall in the men’s race, followed by Niall Cornyn in 2nd and Marc Flavin in 3rd place. In the women's race Ciara Wilson took 1st place overall with over 5 minutes to spare over Donna Mahon of Belpark in 2nd and Niamh Richardson of Kilkenny in 3rd place. There were some excellent Waterford TC results in the women’s race with Zeta Dooley coming 5th in AG, Áine Kinsella 6th in AG and Maggie Murphy 9th in AG. In the men’s race Bernard Keane was well up the field in 11th place overall and 3rd in AG. David Devine was in close pursuit with 6th in AG. Darryl Hale and Ger Nolan had a marvellous race with a 4th and 7th in AG respectively followed by Dean O’Shea with a 9th place in AG finish. One of the most notable performances on the day was a super performance by young Conor Shiels who won the Junior Duathlon National Series (AG 16-19) race. Making it a double Gold medal result for Waterford TC in the men’s Senior and Junior NS Race. Congratulations to Emmet and Conor and all club members on their excellent performances in one of the best supported Duathlons in the country.

Duathlon National Series

The Club’s top performing Duathletes this season were undoubtedly Jennifer Hennebry and Emmet Kelly. Jennifer came 13th overall and 3rd in AG in the Triathlon Ireland Duathlon National Series. A tremendous result for Jennifer who came 2nd in AG in the Galco Naas Duathlon Series Race 1 in January, then came 1st in AG in the Galco Naas Series Race 3 and finally travelled to the Duathlon Irish National Championship in Sligo finishing in a fantastic 4th in her AG and 78th overall in the draft legal standard distance race. These three excellent performances have given Jennifer the top 15 ranking nationally in the Women’s Duathlon NS and the Bronze medal position in her AG. Congratulations Jennifer.

Similarly, Emmet came 4th overall and 3rd in AG in Galco Naas Race 1, 1st overall in Tramore and 3rd overall in Athy. These outstanding results for Emmet garnered him with 3rd place overall nationally in the Men’s Duathlon NS. This is the second occasion in three seasons that Emmet has been in the Bronze medal position, and it is an outstanding achievement. Congratulations Emmet.

Aubrey Storey and Eoin Lyons travelled to the Galco Naas Duathlon Race 3 and put in their customary strong performances. Eoin putting down an early season marker coming 4th overall and 2nd in AG and Aubrey also with a podium finish with 3rd place in AG. Elsewhere on the circuit Sara Hobson put in a very strong performance coming 11th in AG on the fast course in the Athy Flat Out Duathlon. Bernard Keane is a regular at the Battle of Ballinspittle Duathlon and no better man to battle it out on the course than Bernard, coming over the finish line in 4th place overall and a fantastic 1st in his AG. Well done to Sara, Bernard, Aubrey, Eoin and all of the Club’s Duathletes in 2019.

Boland's BMW 15th Anniversary Hook or by Crook Triathlon

On a sunny Summer's day on the 15th of June, on the 15th anniversary of the Hook or by Crook Triathlon, more than 600 triathletes competed in Triathlon Ireland’s 2018 Race of the Year. Triathletes from 43 clubs from the four provinces of the island descended upon Dunmore East for one of the best days of racing in 2019. With the beautiful weather, race directors Martin Condon and David McConnell’s unparalleled organisation, Boland’s BMW as main sponsor and a heavyweight turnout of some of the country’s very best men and women racers, the atmosphere was always going to be electric.

Last year's winners Ellen Murphy and Kieran Jackson were back for more but it wasn't going to be easy with the likes of Belpark's Maeve Maher-McWilliams, Sinead Murphy and Donna Mahon, and Cork's Amy O'Keeffe seeking a victory in the women's and Eoin Lyons, Sebastian Helka, Paul Ogle and Edenderry's Enda Bagnall looking for gold in the men's race.

Once the gun went, Maeve Maher-McWilliams took off and was in third place until the bike leg from where she smoothly moved into 1st place. Last year's runner-up was not giving up her lead and this time raced to victory with 30 seconds to spare over Amy O'Keeffe in 2nd and Ellen Murphy in 3rd place. Well done Maeve, Amy and Ellen!