O'Keeffe & Mintern win at Moby Dick Triathlon

Moby Dick Wave 1 Start

The Moby Dick Sprint Triathlon saw the Irish triathlon community descend on the south of the country for the final round of the National Series 2017. The weather was as supportive of the sport as ever, with rain and gusty winds arriving just in time for the kick off of the National Series race. 

junior triathlon

Earlier in the day, South Coast Triathlon Club also held a junior triathlon for kids aged 8 to 15. The juniors were broken down into four, two year age groups and competed at varying distances according to their age. They braved the rain like true triathletes and there was a great atmosphere for the large field of over 100 competing.

Mobt Dick Junior Race Swim Exit 

The swim was along the coast and the juniors then exited into transition at the same point that the senior athletes would later in the day. The bike courses were all out and back with the 14 - 15 year olds completing two loops to make up their 10km cycle. The run for the 8 - 9, 10 - 11 and 12 -13 year olds was out and back along the boardwalk in Youghal while the older age group completed a 3.1km loop of the town. Well done to all the junior triathletes competing!

Moby Dick Junior Race 1

Munster Clubs dominate national series podiums

Clubs from Cork took over the podiums in both the men's and the women's races. In tough swim conditions the eventual winners were first out of the water in both races with Chris Mintern leading the men's race and Amy O'Keeffe leading the women's race.

Moby Dick Chris Mintern Swim Exit

Cork Triathlon Club's Chris Mintern led from the start to finish in an impressive time of 1:00:47 considering the conditions. Sebastian Helka from South Coast Tri Club and Conor Shiels were second and third out of the water respectively. Sebastian held this position to the finish with Shiels dropping back on the bike leg. James Mintern of Cork Tri Club, put in a strong bike and run to move into eventual third place.  

The Mintern brothers claiming first and third position ends their season on a high in a great result for James in what has been his breakthrough season and a strong win for Chris, over five minutes ahead of his nearest rival.

Moby Dick Men's Podium

Down to Wire in the Women's Race

In the women's National Series Race, Cork Tri Club were first and second out of the water with Amy O'Keeffe and Lorna Cummins emerging 38 seconds apart. Piranha's Brianne Mulvihill was third out of the water, 7 seconds behind Cummins. Jessica Bruton and Lorna Wolfe put in solid efforts on the bike and run leg to move up the rankings into second and third.

Jessica put in a tremendous effort on the run - there were National Series points at stake! The Cobh Tri Club athlete knew that the closer she could finish to O'Keeffe, the more likely that she could hold on to her second position in the National Series Points table. She needed to beat Amy, or finish right behind her.

Moby Dick Amy O Keeffe Run

It was a sprint for the finish with Bruton losing to O'Keeffe by just 6 seconds at the finish line. Amy O'Keeffe took victory in a time of 1:14:45, Jessican Bruton second in 1:14:51 and Lorna Wolfe of Cork Tri Club in third with a time of 1:16:27.

from gaa pitch to tri course

Former Dublin Football captain Bryan Cullen took on his first triathlon at the Moby Dick Sprint Triathlon. The GLS brand ambassador enjoyed the event, saying:

"It was tough, I fancied myself for the running part but getting off the bike my legs were like jelly. Really tough, but a good test."

Moby Dick Bryan Cullen Run

When asked whether his fitness base from GAA translated to triathlon Bryan found that it did;

"Coming from a Gaelic Games background I would have a good endurance base but it's another level altogether. We're used to short bouts of high intensity work and getting bouts of active recovery whereas this (triathlon) is non stop. It definitely gives you a good base for it."

National series results

Now that the National Series has concluded, you can see our breakdown of the final results here.

Moby Dick Dolphin Dive

Congratulations to everyone racing at Moby Dick Sprint Triathlon last weekend and in all the triathlons throughout the year, thank you for a great 2017 and we look forward to another great season's racing in 2018.

Moby Dick Wave 2 Swim Entry