Hickson and Kiely win at Centra Fastnet Schull Triathlon

Schull 2018 Swim

West Cork was the venue for the third round of the BMW Triathlon National Series on Saturday, 9th June. The weather was on the athletes' side for the Centra Fastnet Schull Triathlon with a warm, still day meaning flat calm conditions for the harbour swim. In recent weeks Carlow Triathlon and Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon have hosted the first two rounds.

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Over 280 triathletes hit the startline for the start of the sprint distance race across three waves with the first wave beginning at 10.30am.

Schull 2018 Swim Exit

strong running pays off

In the men's race, junior athlete Fabian Mangan emerged from the water with Trevor Woods and the two entered transition just seconds apart. Mangan was quickest through transition and had a few seconds lead on Woods heading onto the 20km bike course with John O'Connell in third position.

Things can change over 20km though and the fastest bike split of the day saw Donncha Kiely coming in to T2 with Trevor Woods and out on to the run as a pair. Kiely opened up a gap out on the 5km road run course, with another fastest split, giving him a win in the BMW Triathlon National Series in a time of 1:05:28. Trevor Woods finished in 1:06:20 for second and Fabian Mangan an impressive third in a time of 1:08:26. 

Schull 2018 Mens Podium

Clean Sweep for Cork Triathlon Club 

Cork Tri Club were the club to beat in the women's race, claiming the first four places. Amy O'Keeffe put in the third fastest swim overall in a time of 10:47 for the 750 metres. Rounding out the top five overall, Emma Boyle was the second woman out of the water.

Lorna Wolfe was third at this point, 33 seconds back from Boyle. Working hard on the bike, Katie Cooke made her way to the top of the field, entering T2 in first place with Amy O'Keeffe close behind. However, Cooke's lead wasn't enough to keep O'Keeffe behind her on the run and Amy finished the race with the second fastest women's time.

Starting from the second wave, Katie Hickson worked her way through the field putting in the quickest run of the day and second quickest bike split to win the women's race in a time of 1:16:16. In fourth place, and also from Cork Tri Club, was Lorna Wolfe.

Schull 2018 Swim Exit

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The next two rounds of the BMW Triathlon National Series take place at the Airpower Hook or by Crook Triathlon in Dunmore East, Waterford and at Westport Sprint Triathlon next weekend. 

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