Butchers Block Naas Duathlon welcomes Para Triathlon for first time
Naas Triathlon Club hosted the second Butchers Block Duathlon National Series race at Punchestown racecourse on Sunday 21st Feb. Very challenging conditions greeted the competitors at this event as the wild weather and strong winds meant finishing this race was in itself an achievement.
With 15 of the 200 odd competitors finishing the event in under an hour it was a reflection of the calibre of competitor in this National Series & Intervarsities Championships competition.
Para Triathlon formed part of this event for the first time with a number of para-triathletes competing in the Duathlon. Naas Triathlon Club also hosted a time trial as part of para-triathletes preparation for international Para Olympics 2016 time trials. The determination and skill of these competitors was particularly impressive and a welcome addition to this event.
The duathlon saw Cian O’reilly lead all the way through the run/bike/run to be first man to claim a podium first in a super time of 00: 54:41. Michael Reilly claimed 2nd place with Will Byrne 3rd in the men’s race.
The women’s race was won by Heather Foley in a time of 1:01:01. Aileen Flynn claimed second podium spot with Kim Hickey in third.
The final leg of the Naas Duathlon Series takes place on March 27th at Punchestown and is available for registration at naastriclub.com.