Dunne and Carr Win Two Provinces Super Series

Women's T2 Two Provinces Super Series

Reigning Super Series champion Darren Dunne delivered on his favourite status while Elizabeth Carr made a breakthrough performance at round three of the 2017 Super Series at Two Provinces Triathlon in Lanesborough.

Dunne Does it Again

More than 35 men lined out on the northernmost stretch of Lough Rea in windy, humid and overcast conditions.

The 750m swim caused the men’s field to split in to three packs, with Cillian Tierney, Aichlinn O’Reilly, James Walton and Darren Dunne the first four of of the water, followed closely by David Sheridan, Luke McCarron, Jonathan Martin, last year’s National Series winner Tom McEnery, James Mintern and Ross Higgins.

Dunne, Walton and Tierney opened a slight gap at the beginning of the 20km draft legal bike leg but within 6km they were caught due to the work of O’Reilly and Hell of the West winner Rory Sexton, who had bridged across after coming out of the water in the second swim pack.

Despite not being successful in launching anyone clear, a series of attacks on the bike saw a number of athletes drop-off the back and by T2 the leading group consisted of just O’Reilly, Dunne, Higgins, Mintern, Tierney and Sexton.

Men's Dismount Two Provinces Super Series

Brendan Crawford and Sebastian Helka led in the second bike pack of about 15 riders approximately one minute later, meaning the win was to be contested between the leading five athletes heading out of T2.

Dunne pushed on immediately out of transition and having won Two Provinces a number of times already was on familiar territory. He came home with the fastest run split of the day to win in 58mins 41secs.

Cillian Tierney, blew off the cobwebs of his recently completed Leaving Cert to take 2nd place in this first big race of the season. he recorded a time of 50mins 02secs with Super Series leader Aichlinn O’Reilly cementing his position by claiming third place in precisely one hour.

Men's Super Series Podium Two Provinces

Through the field there were impressive performances by Junior and Cat 2 athletes: James Mintern placed 4th in just his second Super Series race while Tom McEnery’s Super Series debut saw him claim 7th place.

Finish Position

Swim

T1

Bike

T2

Run

Finish Time

1.

Darren

Dunne

00:09:55

00:00:42

00:30:21

00:00:30

00:17:10

00:58:41

2.

Cillian

Tierney

Tralee TC

00:09:53

00:00:48

00:30:18

00:00:30

00:17:31

00:59:02

3.

Aichlinn

O'Reilly

Westport TC

00:09:54

00:00:52

00:30:10

00:00:37

00:18:24

01:00:00

4.

James

Mintern

Cork TC

00:10:00

00:00:42

00:30:18

00:00:32

00:18:32

01:00:06

5.

Rory

Sexton

00:10:20

00:00:35

00:30:08

00:00:30

00:18:37

01:00:13

6.

James

Walton

Triangle Triathlon Club

00:09:54

00:00:41

00:30:23

00:00:29

00:18:50

01:00:18

7.

Tom

Mcenery

Piranha TC

00:09:59

00:00:41

00:31:20

00:00:37

00:17:42

01:00:20

8.

Ben

Ryan

Predator TC

00:10:25

00:00:45

00:30:47

00:00:36

00:17:51

01:00:26

9.

Brendan

Murphy

Belpark TC

00:11:05

00:00:41

00:31:11

00:00:38

00:17:15

01:00:53

10.

Patrick

Peters

Wheelworx

00:10:57

00:00:33

00:30:27

00:00:32

00:18:35

01:01:06

11.

Brendan

Crawford

Belpark TC

00:10:53

00:00:44

00:30:19

00:00:30

00:18:41

01:01:09

12.

Luke

McCarron

Northwest TC

00:09:58

00:00:41

00:31:20

00:00:31

00:18:42

01:01:15

13.

David

Richardson

Gotri TC

00:10:23

00:00:48

00:30:44

00:00:34

00:19:05

01:01:36

14.

Ross

Higgins

Limerick TC

00:10:07

00:00:40

00:31:10

00:00:33

00:19:08

01:01:40

15.

Stephen

Donnelly

00:11:07

00:00:42

00:31:10

00:00:34

00:18:07

01:01:42

16.

Jonathan

Martin

247 Triathlon Club

00:09:58

00:00:47

00:31:15

00:00:36

00:19:46

01:02:24

17.

David

Sheridan

Longford TC

00:09:56

00:00:42

00:31:19

00:00:36

00:20:05

01:02:41

18.

Patrick

Barry

Pulse TC

00:10:31

00:00:50

00:31:36

00:00:34

00:19:17

01:02:51

19.

Sebastian

Helka

South Coast TC

00:09:47

00:01:00

00:31:08

00:00:36

00:20:42

01:03:15

20.

Ryan

Sharkey

Olympian TC

00:11:23

00:00:56

00:33:32

00:00:36

00:17:26

01:03:56

21.

Cathal

Browne

Ennis Tri Club Co. Clare

00:10:34

00:00:40

00:30:44

00:00:54

00:21:35

01:04:29

22.

Warren

Roche

00:10:20

00:00:49

00:33:55

00:00:44

00:18:52

01:04:42

23.

Niall

Cornyn

00:12:40

00:00:48

00:33:24

00:00:36

00:17:22

01:04:52

24.

Marcus

Mcgowan

00:10:35

00:00:42

00:32:36

00:00:38

00:20:30

01:05:02

25.

Michael

Monahan

Naas TC

00:11:15

00:01:03

00:31:33

00:00:38

00:20:49

01:05:21

26.

Sean

Husband

00:12:38

00:00:40

00:33:36

00:00:32

00:18:03

01:05:31

27.

Cian

Cloonan

Predator TC

00:10:20

00:00:52

00:31:46

00:00:49

00:22:19

01:06:08

28.

Niall

Foley

00:11:01

00:00:43

00:34:03

00:00:39

00:20:00

01:06:29

30.

Patrick

Fahy

Belpark TC

00:11:18

00:00:48

00:34:10

00:00:33

00:19:41

01:06:32

32.

Ciaran

Madden

Longford TC

00:10:26

00:00:52

00:34:31

00:00:42

00:20:28

01:07:01

33.

Emmett

Mullan

Northwest TC

00:10:39

00:00:45

00:34:24

00:00:38

00:21:48

01:08:16

37.

Jack

Molloy

Drogheda TC

00:12:40

00:00:50

00:33:22

00:00:35

00:21:39

01:09:07

39.

Jamie

Collins

00:13:20

00:00:42

00:35:15

00:00:43

00:21:20

01:11:22

44.

Alex

Gray

Wicklow TC

00:11:28

00:00:35

00:31:48

00:00:30

00:00:22

DNF

James

Hoare

Piranha TC

DNF

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Women’s Race

A small women’s field of ten Super Series athletes were next up. From the beginning, Erin McConnell pulled out a twenty second advantage coming out of the 750m swim over Aoife Fay and Niamh Corry with Elizabeth Carr and Kirsten Huysamen following 45secs back.

On the bike Caron Ryan moved up through the field to come in to T2 with the leading group of Fay, Huysamen and Carr, Niamh Corry and McConnell.

Fay ran strongly on the 5km out and back course but she wasn’t able to stay with Elizabeth Carr, who ran a 19mins 02secs 5km to win her first Super Series race in 1hr 6mins 31secs. 

Elizabeth Carr Two Provinces Super Series

The victory is a significant achievement for Carr, who only started focusing on triathlon last autumn after spending most of her time competing in athletics. 

She said afterwards that this background stood to her during the race: “I knew I had to stay with the girls on the bike to give myself a good chance on the run and then (once on the run) I knew if I just kept going towards the finish I’d be ok.”

Women's Super Series Podium Two Provinces

Aoife Fay crossed the line 25secs behind Carr for second place while 19 year old Caron Ryan recorded a fantastic third place in only her second Super Series race.

Rank

Name

Last Name

Club

Swim

T1

Cycle

T2

Run

FINISH Time

1

Elizabeth

Carr

Midland TC

00:10:54

00:01:00

00:35:01

00:00:31

00:19:02

01:06:31

2

Aoife

Fay

00:10:37

00:00:49

00:35:23

00:00:33

00:19:33

01:06:56

3

Caron

Ryan

Predator TC

00:11:16

00:00:45

00:34:54

00:00:37

00:21:06

01:08:40

4

Kirsten

Huysamen

Limerick TC

00:10:59

00:00:55

00:34:55

00:00:38

00:21:16

01:08:44

5

Niamh

Corry

Fingal TC

00:10:37

00:00:47

00:35:31

00:00:41

00:21:23

01:09:01

6

Ellen

Murphy

Belpark TC

00:13:26

00:00:51

00:34:45

00:00:38

00:21:24

01:11:05

7

Erin

McConnell

Peninsula TC

00:10:13

00:00:46

00:35:56

00:00:38

00:24:13

01:11:49

8

Kathryn

Fahy

Limerick TC

00:13:07

00:00:50

00:36:54

00:00:43

00:23:23

01:14:58

9

Eva

Spencer

00:11:07

00:00:56

00:37:37

00:00:50

00:27:38

01:18:10

10

Lauren

Strange

00:11:41

00:00:54

00:40:50

00:00:38

00:24:11

01:18:16

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Olejniczak and O'Keeffe Win National Series Races

Following the Super Series events, it was the turn of the non-drafting format of triathlon to take over as almost 500 athletes competed for National Series points in one of the country’s most popular triathlons.

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In the men’s race, Nass TC’s Mariusz Olejniczak completed the bike course in percisley 30mins and stayed ahead of the fast finishing Mick Fogarty to win in 1hr 2mins 23secs. Fogarty, of Athlone TC, ran an impressive 17mins 09secs to cross the line in second, 29secs back with Conor Tiernan of Athy TC finishing in third place in 1hr 4mins 30secs.

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A very close women’s race saw Cork TC’s Amy O’Keeffe take over the lead at the half way mark of the 5km run to win with a time of 1hr 11mins 51secs. Sally McHugh of Belpark TC was second 37secs later with Esther Bayon 3rd a further 17secs back.

Full provisional results from the National Series event are available on http://coretiming.ie/

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