Belpark Win Mixed Team Relay National Club Championships

Mixed Relay Champs Podium

Following on from the success of last year's inaugural Mixed Team Relay National Championships, the baton was handed to Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon for the second instalment in Ireland of triathlon's most exciting team event.

A number of the country's top athletes, who had raced in the Super Series events earlier in the morning, togged out again in the afternoon, this time to race the fast and furious super sprint distance of a 200m swim, a 5km draft legal bike and a 1.5km run.

Super Sprint, Super Fun

The female athletes got the race underway with teams from Limerick Triathlon Club and Predator Tri Club occupying all four top positions with after the first swim. By the time the women completed their super sprint and handed over to the first man, Belpark had moved in to second place, with Limerick still leading and Predator now in third.

Belpark move to the front on the second men's leg of the race, creating a gap of 30secs over Limerick, who were just four seconds ahead of Predator. This order - and time gap - remained more of less in place until the a powerful bike leg by Predator's second woman brought them ahead of Limerick.

Predator Handover Mixed Relay Champs 2017

At this stage however, Belpark's lead was more than a minute and the team consisting of Ellen Murphy, Brendan Crawford, Maeve Maher-McWilliams and Kevin Keane held on to win their first Mixed Team Relay National Club Championships by a margin of 1min 13secs.

Predator Claim Second

Predator's young team of Caron Ryan, Ben Ryan, Anna Grealish and Fabian Mangan continued to pull clear to take second place with the bronze medal position going to Limerick Triathlon Club's team of Kirsten Huysamen, Ross Higgins, Katheryn Fahy and Diarmuid Lane.

Finish Line Mixed Relay Champs 2017

Results

Results are on https://www.stuweb.co.uk/race/1D9 and a full gallery of images from the race will be posted soon to Triathlon Ireland's facebook page.