2015 Duathlon Series Race 2 Results
Fun had by all at this years Lost Sheep race hosted by Cork Tri Club down in Kenmare. Well done everyone.
Mariusz Olejniczak from Naas Triathlon Club claimed 1st place in his age category of 30-34 at the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Dublin race on 9th August powering home in a time of 04:18:25. This time ensured him 10th place overall in a field that included pro athletes from home & abroad.
In excess of 10,000 spectators turned out to cheer home 2500 triathletes over the 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21.1km run.
Mariusz is a 33 year old athlete from Poland who has been living in Co. Kildare for almost 10 years and a member of Naas Triathlon Club since 2010. He has been involved in sports and fitness for many years. His passion is endurance sport especially running and triathlon.
He is a multiple medalist of Polish and Irish championships in triathlon. He has completed 4 Ironman triathlons with PB 8:59:28 and 28 marathons with PB 2:38:15s. One of his biggest achievements was racing in the 2014 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. This event brings together the world’s best athletes to compete on the Big Island where athletes embark on a 140.6-mile journey that presents the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit to earn the title of IRONMAN. “This year I decided to keep it simple, and do only 4 middle distance triathlons, as I didn’t have time to train more than 7-9hrs a week, due to family, work, Personal Triathlon Coaching (PTMariusz) and helping other athletes. I came second overall twice in Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon and Tri An Mhi, but my “A” race was Dublin70.3. So I decided with Alicja my wife to go for a family training holiday in Chamonix France for some high altitude sessions 4 weeks before the race. It was also an opportunity to meet our family and for me to work on strength and endurance on the bike.
On the race day everything went well except my poor swim in the choppy Irish Sea. The crowds around T1 were amazing and give me an extra buzz before the second leg. The bike course was reasonably flat with a few technical turns. The goal was to focus on steady power and low position; at the end I was very happy with my 39kph average. When I came in to T2 I was leading my Age Group. On the run I took it steady @ 3:45’/km and it was amazing doing 3 laps around Phoenix Park, especially it was great to see so many friends and supporters from Naas Triathlon Club. I finished fresh with few blisters but very happy to win my second IM trophy after Galway70.3 in 2011.
At the end I would like to say congrats to everyone who finished Dublin 70.3 and all the crowds from Naas Triathlon Club for their fantastic support.”
37 athletes from Naas Triathlon club took park in Ironman Dublin70.3 event and for many it was their first attempt at this distance.
44 members represented Naas Triathlon Club yesterday at TriAthy. A great day for the club and for all the racers. Well done everyone.
Great times today in glorious sunshine. Well done to all athletes.
A Wet and Windy Day at The Butchers Block Naas Duathlon
Round 2 of the Butcher’s Block Naas Duathlon Series in Punchestown hosted by Naas Triathlon Club was always going to be a wet and breezy affair with persistent wind and rain making this a very tough challenge. Despite this there was a large turnout made up of elite athletes chasing National Duathlon Series points alongside many new competitors for whom this was their first venture into the world of Triathlon.
At the head of the field the mens’ race was a hard fought affair with three athletes going toe-to-toe for the whole race. Desi Foley led into the first transition after a run of 3.5k closely followed by Kevin Donagher and Stephen Donnelly. Stephen was the quickest through transition and took the lead during the 20k bike leg while Kevin also overtook Desi coming into the second transition. In the end it came down to consistency as Kevin put in the fastest second run leg of the three to take the win with Desi retaking second spot from Stephen. In the end there was only 17 seconds separating them making this one of the tightest races ever on this course.
In the women’s race it was Geraldine Gill who led from start to finish with Lizanne Barnwall and Katherine Kelly finding it hard to match her pace on the bike where Geraldine gained a minute and a half. This left too much for Lizanne to do on the final run leg where despite a very quick run she couldn’t catch Geraldine.
One of the most remarkable aspects to this race is how many smiling faces there were at the finish line. For some it was sheer relief to be finished and for others it was the thrill of having completed their first event. Many thanks also to all the brave marshals who stood out in the pouring rain to ensure this race ran smoothly once again.
The final leg of the Butchers Block Naas Duathlon Series takes place on March 22nd and it looks like it will be a sell-out so get your entries in fast.
Well done to all the athletes that braved the elements today at Race 2 of the Naas Triathlon Club Butchers Block Duathlon Series.
Don’t forget our Open Day. Naas Triathlon welcomes new members and invite you to come along to our information day, Killashee leisure, Saturday 28th Feb between 3.00pm – 5.00pm.
Club members and coaches will be available to answer all your triathlon questions in a relaxed and informal setting and discuss our club training sessions with you.