Flavin and Wilson First Victors in BMW Duathlon National Series

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Marc Flavin and Ciara Wilson have started the season strong - winning the first event of the BMW Duathlon National Series 2019.

They won out over more than 200 competitors who lined up for the Galco Naas Duathlon in Punchestown racecourse.

Sabian Kulczynski and Ella Doherty won the junior categories.

Provisional results are available on chipit.ie

Race Report

Organisers, Naas Triathlon Club reported on the day:

Naas Triathlon Club hosted the first round of the Galco Duathlon series in Punchestown on Sunday.
This is the traditional season opener for the BMW Duathlon National Series and it was a sell out as usual, with over 200 competitors lining up despite the damp start to the morning.
For many athletes this was their first time taking part in a duathlon which involves a 3k run on the ambulance track that goes around the racecourse followed by a 20k cycle out to Blessington and back and ending with a second 3k run to finish in front of the grandstand.
Men's Podium Naas Duathlon Jan 19
At the serious end of the race a couple of the juniors showed their run pace with Cian Kelly and Sabian Kulczynski leading the first run along with Conor Tiernan. The bike leg allowed Marc Flavin and Daryl Kearns to show their strength and pull back the leaders to come off the bike with a commanding lead over Conor Tiernan and Emmet Kelly.
That was how they finished with Marc Flavin taking the win in fine style while Sabian Kulczynski held off a fast finishing Cian Kelly to win the Junior section.
Women's Podium Naas Duathlon Jan 19
In the women's race, Ciara Wilson led from the start with another junior competitor, Ella Doherty close behind. Shannon Kelly and Jennifer O’Sullivan then came into T1 together chasing hard.
On the bike leg Ciara edged further ahead by another 30 secs to maintain her lead onto the second run while Shannon and Jennifer kept up the chase and came into T2 with only a few seconds separating them. Remarkably they posted the same time as each other on both the first and second run section but neither could match Ciara’s pace as she closed it out for a convincing win

The next race in the BMW Duathlon National Series is on February 10th at the Athy Triathlon Club Flat Out Duathlon while the series returns to Naas again on March 24th.

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