The first duathlon of the 2018 National Series took place on Sunday, 14th January at Punchestown Racecourse, Naas, Co.Kildare. This is the first in a series of three that are being run by Naas Triathlon Club this Spring, two of which are National Series races. The race was a sell out with 250 registered and conditions on the day were cold but largely dry.
Niall Cornyn took overall victory after leading from the start in a time of 55 minutes 54 seconds, Mariusz Olejniczak from Naas Tri Club finished second in 56 minutes 50 seconds. In third was Daryl Kearns after making up time with the fastest bike split of the day, finishing in a time of 57 minutes 6 seconds. Feidhlim McGowan and Conor Tiernan rounded out the top five.
In the women’s race just four seconds separated first and second, making for a thrilling finish. Ciara Wilson led after the first run in a fast time of 12 minutes 10 seconds but Marie Boyle put in a blistering bike leg of 35:58 and a sub 1 minute T2 giving her enough to take the win in a time of 1:05:35. Ciara Wilson finished second with Geraldine Gill finishing third in 01:08:41. Siobhan Kennedy and Paula Prendergast complete the top five in this race.
Many thanks to our sponsors Galco and Base2Race for helping make this race series a success.