Reid 5th, White 13th at ETU Quarteira Super Start to 2016 for ReidAileen Reid began her 2016 season at the ETU Quarteira race in Portugal with a promising 5th place finish.Reid, who is ranked 9th in the world and has already secured her place at the Rio Olympic Games, put in the 3rd quickest run of the day of 35min 45secs after spending much of the race at the front of a bike chase group attempting to pull back the British duo of Jessica Learmonth and Lucy Hall. <!-- Youtube Video -->In the end Learmonth and Hall stayed clear to take first and second but Reid, cheered on by a large group of Piranha Triathlon Club members who were on a training camp nearby, ran strongly to secure 5th place in her first race since the ITU Grand Final in September 2015.VERY happy with 5th in #QuarteriaETU decent race, decent result, and great start to Olympic year! @vodafoneireland @ridededa @triathlonireland @huubdesign @asicseuropeA video posted by aileenmorr (@aileenmorr) on Apr 2, 2016 at 9:57am PDTWhite Excited About 2016In the men's elite race, Russel White came home in 13th place with an encouraging performance that saw him put in some of the quickest swim and bike splits of the 76-man field. After the race, the 23-year-old told his twitter followers that while he "had a lot of things to work on" he was "excited about the season ahead."As well as being an encouraging sign of possible things to come, White's performance saw him jump 37 places on the ITU Points List.Edgar 6th in Junior RaceJames Edgar meanwhile finished 6th in the Junior race in Quarteira on Sunday. The result is the best of the 18-year-old's career so far and will no doubt give him encouragement in what was only his 6th international race.Darren Dunne was within a minute of the leaders on the bike course when he unfortunately crashed. The 18-year-old was forced to retire from the race but happily was able to walk back to his hotel "sore but ok" according to Triathlon Ireland High Performance development coach Stephen Delaney. New Plymouth WC 29th- enjoying the hustle and bustle @CerveloAus@firstname.lastname@example.org/cC6Oc9EeJo — Ben Shaw (@BenShawTri) April 4, 2016Shaw and Doherty Race New PlymouthIn New Zealand meanwhile, Ben Shaw and Con Doherty competed in an extremely strong field at the ITU New Plymouth World Cup race.Pre Race favourite, Richard Murray claimed victory for the 2nd year running at the event, which saw Shaw put in a characteristically aggressive swim and bike performance throughout. He finished in 29th place overall. High Performance development athlete Con Doherty meanwhile battled through the pain barrier to come home in 52nd place, which under the circumstances was quite an impressive feat. Doherty, who is now returning to Europe for the summer race season, suffered 3rd degree burns in the hours before the race after spilling boiling water on himself but was quick to urge followers that he will make a full recovery.Just twelve hours before the World Cup in New Plymouth, there I am in A&E. I had received third degree burns across my lower abdomen and groin after spilling boiling water on myself. Knowing that I was here for the World Cup, the doctor strongly urged that I don't race. I couldn't let myself do that, so I refused to take any strong pain killers, protected the burn as best I could, and lined up to race this morning. I fought and kept my head together, but my body could only deal with so much pain. The result really sucked, but if I hadn't tried, it would have sucked much more. #perseverance #nolimits #nevergiveupA photo posted by Con Doherty (@con_doherty) on Apr 2, 2016 at 8:49pm PDTFull results from the New Plymouth race can he found here.