Vitting & McEnery win Final Round of the BMW Triathlon National Series

Pulse Port Beach 2018_BMW NS Start

Over 500 athletes arrived at Port Beach in Clogherhead, Co. Louth early this morning for this year's Port Beach Triathlon, organised by Pulse Triathlon Club. This race was the final round of both the 2018 Super Series and the BMW Triathlon National Series. Read about how the Super Series race unfolded in our separate race report.

This morning's race was the last of the season for many triathletes and there was a great atmosphere in the athlete's area during the day with many clubs from around the country represented.

mcenery finishes 2018 season with BMW Tri series win

Almost 350 men took part in the final round of the BMW Triathlon National Series, racing for series points in their age group for the last time of the season with the podium decided from those racing in waves three and five of the day.

Pulse2018_Tom McEnery

Conor Shiels and Piranha Triathlon Club's Tom McEnery led out of the water in the first wave of the men's race. Dropping a few places on the bike, McEnery put in the quickest run split of the day with 15:27 over five kilometres to top the podium in 1:02:57. Starting in wave 5, Enda Bagnall of Edenderry Triathlon Club had the second fastest bike split and a solid run to win silver in 1:04:09. Athy TC's Conor Tiernan claimed bronze position on the podium just three seconds behind Bagnall in 1:04:12.

BMW NS Podium 2018

vitting claims her first win of the 2018 BMW TRi series

Strong cycling was rewarded in the women's race with the top three racing into podium spots during the bike leg of the race. The junior women showed their strength in the water with Rachel Vaughan and Emma Boyle (Predator TC) exiting in first and second respectively. Fiona Murphy of Tuna Triathlon Club was under ten seconds behind the pair entering the first transition. Esther Bayon exited T1 in fourth position in her club's home race, putting in a solid bike of 34.43 to hold second coming into T2.

Pulse2018_Ellen Vitting

Ellen Vitting (Tri an Mhi TC) cycled into the lead from ninth place after the swim and had the quickest bike split of the day in 32.14. Becky Woods (Piranha TC) was also working her way up the field to go onto the run in third, approximately 40 seconds behind Esther Bayon. Woods moved into second on the five kilometre out and back run course, having the fastest run of the women's race in 17.35. Vitting had a solid lead however, and crossed the line in 1:08:02 for her first win of the 2018 BMW Triathlon National Series. Becky Woods finished second in a time of 1:09:08 and Esther Bayon completed the podium with 1:09:39.

Pulse Port Beach_BMW NS Womens Podium 2018

results and picture galleries

Full results are available on the Core Timing Website.

Picture galleries will be available on the Triathlon Ireland Facebook page, where you can also catch up on how the races unfolded in our Facebook Live coverage.

Final rankings from the BMW Triathlon National Series will appear here.