Updated: Dec 11, 2017
2017 Triathlon Ireland Vodafone National Series Round Up
2017 was an excellent year for Waterford TC in Duathlon. A very small but very accomplished team of Triathletes put their stamp on the TI Duathlon National Series this year.
First and foremost a massive congratulations to the Club's ITU Elite Triathlete Kieran Jackson. Kieran became 2017 Duathlon Irish National Champion when he won a great race, stacked with a quality field, when Predator TC held the national championship. Although used to wearing the green of Ireland on many occasions, Kieran strode to national victory in the Waterford TC club colours in what was a fine personal achievement for him and a proud day for the Club. Similarly, an excellent result for Emmet Kelly, no stranger to the podium himself, finishing 3rd in his AG and 10th overall. In the women's National Championship race Sandra Rellis put in a very strong performance for the Club coming across the line in 5th place in her AG matching John Hayden’s 7th in his AG.
To qualify for the Duathlon National Series points rankings, the requirement was to complete the Duathlon National Championship race and any two other Duathlon National Series races.
Both Emmet Kelly and John Hayden put in fantastic races in the series. Emmet scored a 1st place and a 3rd place in his two other races to score a 3rd Place Overall and 1st Place in his AG in the country in the Duathlon Series. John Hayden followed up an excellent 2016 series with an equally good 2017 series and his Age Group winning performance in Naas helped him 3rd Place in his AG and 13th Place Overall in the country in the Duathlon Series.
Elsewhere Martin Kirwan put in his usual strong performance and helped himself to an AG 1st Place and 15th Place Overall in the Naas Duathlon Series – Men’s Race 1. In the same duathlon Siobhan Kennedy took home 1st Place in AG and 5th Place Overall in the Women’s race. Bernard Keane put in a fine performance and secured himself an AG 3rd Place in the Battle of Ballinspittle Duathlon Series race.
Well done to Kieran and all of the Club Duathletes this season!
The 2017 Standard Distance Triathlon Irish National Championship was held near Mullingar by Midland TC. The race took place in the excellent Caroline Kearney Memorial Triathlon. The race conditions were near perfect on the day and 5 members of Waterford TC competed in the men’s race on the day. The men’s National Championship was won by Irish ITU Elite Triathlete Con Doherty. Eoin Lyons took a break from his middle distance exploits and put in a tremendous performance narrowly coming home in 4th Place Overall, equalling his placing in 2016 in Kilkee. However, Eoin’s strong performance on the day put him in 1st Place in his AG thus becoming a 2017 AG National Champion. Shane Scadding, as always, put in a classy performance and finished in the top 40 Overall and won 2nd Place in his AG coming home just 44 seconds behind his AG winner. Well done also to Aubrey Storey, Tom Casey and Greg Holden who all put in strong performances for the Club on the day.
The Middle Distance National Championship took place in September in Kenmare with Cork TC’s iconic Lost Sheep race. Shane Scadding, Tom Casey, Michael Foley and Darrell Evans were the Club’s representatives on the day. The men’s Middle Distance National Championship was won by Charles Maltha. As ever Shane Scadding put in a fantastic performance coming home in 13th Place Overall and 1st in his AG and thus was crowned as a 2017 Middle Distance Triathlon AG National Champion. Another stellar performance by Tom Casey, in what has been a great season for Tom, securing a 2nd Place in his AG. Michael Foley and Darrell Evans also put in very strong performances on the day. Darrell secured a superb 4th Place in his AG and missed out on a podium spot by a mere 26 seconds over the 5 hour plus race!
The 2017 National Championship Youth Triathlon was held in Loughrea and hosted by Predator TC over the August Bank Holiday weekend. In what were very tough wet and windy conditions in Loughrea, Waterford TC’s Conor McDonagh stormed home to 9thPlace in his 14-15 Age Group race. Conor can be seen regularly burning up