Hayes and Jackson Win Pulse Super Series

Pulse Port Beach 2018 Women's SS Start

The final round of the Super Series saw exciting racing and some new faces on the podium as the 2018 season drew to a close at Pulse Port Beach Triathlon.

Late September skies brought calm but cold conditions to the County Louth location, with water temperatures of 12.5c scarcely above that of air temperatures throughout the morning. Nineteen men and twelve women lined out for the sprint distance, draft legal race. Pulse Port Beach has hosted the Super Series every year since its inception on a course that has constitently thrown up close finishes. This year was no exception.

Kieran Jackson repeated his victory from 2017 while Carolyn Hayes made it two victories from two in the Super Series - following up on her DCT win with a first place finish in the women’s race.

Pulse Port Beach 2018 Kieran Jackson

30secs Enough for Jackson

Jackson was quickest of the men’s field on the 750m swim, carving out a 23sec advantage over eventual second placed athlete Sabian Kulczynski, Luke McCarron and Jonathan Martin. Jackson departed T1 for the bike course solo and held his advantage almost to the second over the chasing trio. He completed the 5km out and back run in 15mins 27secs to come home the winner for the second year in a row with a time of 58mins 32secs.

Behind him teenager Sabian Kulczynski was making his move, running the second quickest run split of the day and putting himself on the podium with a strong around performance. Kulczynski crossed the line in 59mins 02secs for his first Super Series podium.

Second out on to the run, Predator TC’s Ben Ryan was moving strongly through the 5km run and despite not being quite able to match Kulczynski run speed, the teenager looked set to claim third but failed to take a time penalty incurred in transition before completing the run which resulted in his disqualification.

The result was that fourth place across the line, Fionn Kerry moved up to the podium. The UK based teenager was over to visit his grandparents and made the most of the opportunity by joining the growing number of UK athletes racing the Super Series.

Pulse Port Beach 2018 Women's SS Podium

Experience Counts for Hayes 

Five minutes after the men took to the water it was the turn of the women. Half of the dozen women on the start line were teenagers but it was experience which won out in the end with Carolyn Hayes displaying a controlled performance to win her second Super Series race in a row.

Hayes was second out of the water - 20secs behind Erin McConnell, who came in to T1 11mins 29secs after the starter’s gun. McConnell and Hayes biked impressively to further extend their advantage over the rest of the women’s field and make it a two way battle heading out on the run. Here Hayes showed her class, out pacing the next quickest woman by more than a minute to come home the comfortable winner in 1hr 4mins 41secs.

A visibly delighted McConnell claimed second - with her 17mins 43secs run split the second fastest of the field and another strong performance in a season which has seen the Peninsula TC athlete step up to podium level.

Also running strongly was Caron Ryan who overtook Ella Doherty in the early stages of the 5km final leg to claim 3rd place in 1hr 8mins 22secs.

Hayes Doherty Pulse Super Series T1 2018

Results, Video and Pictures

Results for the men's and women's Super Series races are available on coretiming.ie while there are dozens of pictures from the race and videos captured live during the event on our facebook page