Hickey & Walton Win Round 12 at Lough Neagh

The BMW Triathlon National Series visited Hi-Elbow's Lough Neagh Triathlon this Saturday, 10th August. Damp conditions didn't lessen spirits and 160 triathletes took to the waters of Lough Neagh to start the standard distance triathlon.

Lough Neagh 2019 - Swim start

Hickey wins at ballyronan

In the women's race, Laura Wylie emerged from the swim with close to two minutes of a lead. Kim Hickey was second out of the water and worked hard out on the bike course, overtaking Wylie in the latter stages. Hickey's impressive 1:09:14 split was the quickest of the day. Unsure of where she was placed at that point, Hickey put everything into the run to solidify her position, crossing the line to win the 12th round of this year's BMW Triathlon National Series. 

Laura Wylie finished second in 2:29:38, Helen Perry third in 2:36:15.

Kim Hickey - Lough Neagh 2019

Kim Hickey enjoyed her day in Ballyronan, speaking after the race;

"When I came off the bike I felt pretty good and I just kind of went for it on the run..."

"This is my first time up here so it's great. It's good to see different parts of the country, well worth the trip up!"

Lough Neagh Women's Podium 2019

a Win for Walton

James Walton had the quickest swim of the day, holding on the bike and the run to take the win at Lough Neagh. Behind him, there was a hard fought battle to decide second and third between Lochlainn Connolly and Aidan Callaghan. 

Connolly worked hard, coming through the field to reach Aidan Callaghan who was running in second at the seven kilometre mark. The pair ran shoulder to shoulder for a time before Connolly made his move into second, opening a 17 second gap to cross the line for second place. Aidan Callaghan third in a time of 2:08:53.

James Walton - Lough Neagh 2019

James Walton led from start to finish despite not feeling back to full fitness following a recent illness;

"My swim was awful, I just wasn't myself in the water. The bike as well then was damage limitation, just keep it going nice and smooth. Then on the run these two boys (Lochlainn Connolly and Aidan Callaghan) were flying."

"That was the worst I've felt in a race in a while. I had two weeks off just there I wasn't well, then I'm back two weeks - I'm not myself just yet."

Walton races next at the Elite National Champs taking place at Dublin City Triathlon next Saturday, 17 August.

Lough Neagh 2019 - Men's Podium

Results & Race Pictures

Results available from coretiming.ie.

Race pictures are loaded to the Triathlon Ireland Facebook page.