McGrady and Bayon Win Round 13 of BMW Triathlon Series

Mourne NS 2018 Scenic Bike

Finbarr McGrady and Ester Bayon were the quickest in Round 13 of the BMW Triathlon National Series at the Mourne Triathlon in Co. Down.

McGrady held off Paul Carroll from organising club Olympian TC and Tom McEnery in what must be one of the closest podiums of the season - just 27secs separated 1st from 3rd at the finish line after more than an hour of racing.

Men's Podium Presentation Mourne NS 2018

How the Men's Race Was Won

The 2016 National Series overall winner McEnery led out of the water following the 750m swim, recording a time of 10mins 22secs but fell back through the field during the 20km bike as Paul Carroll moved towards the front.

Carroll showed his strength by putting in a 32min 10secs split - the quickest of the day but only 37secs quicker than McGrady who entered T2 right beside him.

On the run there was almost nothing to separate the pair but the spoils went to McGrady thanks to his 17secs quicker run split. He finished first with a time of 1hr 4mins 27secs - 14secs ahead of Carroll in 2nd.

After falling back somewhat on the bike, McEnery turned on the pace during the run to cover the 5km in 16mins 55secs. Despite his closing pace, the Piranha TC athlete didn't quite catch hold of the leaders and came home 13secs behind Carroll to claim the bronze medal position.

Mourne NS 2018 Swim Generic

Remarkably the women's BMW National Series race was even closer than the men's with a margin of a mere 7seconds separating the winner Ester Bayon from second placed Catherine Sands at the finish line.

Bayon was the quickest of out of the water (and one of the quickest swimmers of either gender), covering the 750m swim in 11mins 17secs, just four seconds behind her was Fiona Murphy from Tuna TC.

Women's Presentation Podium Mourne NS 2018

But out on the bike, Catherine Sands was making inroads on the leaders, she biked a minute quicker than Bayon and clawed back a similar amount of time during the run but fell short at the finish as Bayon crossed the line in 1hr 14mins 42secs - 7secs clear of Sands. After the bike leg, Murphy retook a number of competitors with a strong run to claim third place in 1hr 17mins 53secs.

Provisional Results from the Men's and Women's Races