National Youth Festival 2017 - Results and Pics

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More than 250 triathletes aged 7 to 15 raced in Loughrea over the weekend at the 2017 National Youth Festival.

Conditions were challenging with wet and windy weather throughout the morning. But that did little to dampen the enthusiasm and determination of the young triathletes competing across a range of distances for the chance to win a national title. The race was excellently organised by Predator Triathlon Club - which as one of the country's leading junior clubs was also prominent in the results.

Pictures and Videos

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Boys and Girls 7-9

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First off in the morning were the boys and girls aged 7 to 9, which proved to be an incredibly competitive event, with less than 30secs separating the first six boys and girls to cross the line.

Best of the lot was Amelie Bocquet, whose 6min 03sec bike leg brought her to the front of the race, a position she held to the end.

Amelie crossed the line first in a time of 13mins 32secs.

The second girl over the line was Sarah Gaffney in 14mins 03secs with Aisha Gannon finishing third just five seconds later.

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The boys 7-9 year old race was won by Aidan McGrane in 14mins 48secs, just 4secs behind was Jake Bell who edged out Sean Byrne by a single second to claim second place.

Results from the Boys and Girls 7-9 Years Old Race


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Mathys Boquet won the boys 10-11 years old event in a time of 16mins 54secs with a strong all round performance.

Second in the boys race was Cal Tutty who finished in 17mins 34secs with Charlie Gannon third in 18mins 14secs.

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Grace Byrne won the girls 10-11 years old event in 20mins 49secs. Second place went to Grace Byrne in 20mins 49secs with Keela Loomes in third place in 21mins 12secs.

Results from the Boys and Girls 10-11 Year Olds Race


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Ross McGuinness was the quickest in the boys 12-13 year old race, he finished in a time of 27mins 05secs, ahead of Henry Stevens, who was just eight seconds back in second place and Finn Harris (28mins 30secs).

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Aoife McGouran was the quickest of the girls and crossed the line 28mins 32secs after beginning her race. Second place went to Lily Sheehy (29mins 25secs) while third place went to Aoife Dirrane (30mins 10secs).

Results from the Boys and Girls 12-13 Year Old Races

Boys and Girls 14-15

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In the boys 14-15 year old race, Sabian Kulczynski was the quickest of the lot. He finished in 35mins 55secs to claim the win ahead of Daniel Saunders, who completed the course in 36mins 27secs to finish in second place. Third place went to Jack Kennedy who finished in 36mins 50secs.

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Ella Doherty won the girls race in 41mins 56secs with second place going to Sarah Condron in 43mins 04secs, just ahead of Elia Tutty who crossed the line 15secs later.

Results from the Boys and Girls 14-15 Year Olds Race