Sheridan and Stapleton win Round 10 at TriTyrone

TriTyron - Run Course

The middle distance race at TriTyrone today gave spectators an exciting morning of triathlon to watch. Almost 270 athletes came to Tyrone to take part in this year's sold-out race. The 1900m Esgragh Lough swim, the 90km (mostly) flat bike and 21 kilometre run make up one of the faster middle distance races in the country. 

With some of the worst weather conditions of the 2018 season for last year's race, race organisers TriLimits Triathlon Club were hoping for better luck this year, and they certainly got it!

TriTyrone 2019 - DSheridan Swim

Sheridan holds on 

Today the men's race was led from start to finish by David Sheridan. As with last year's race, Sheridan was first out of the water and onto the bike. Always in the mix after the swim, Sheridan was followed ninety seconds later by Pulse Triathlon Club's Darren Cranston. Belpark's Mark McDonnell was third.

At the halfway point of the bike, David had opened up a six minute gap on nearest competitor Owen Martin. Behind the leaders Paul Rutherford, Oliver Harkin and Conor Tiernan were doing battle. Starting the bike with a six and a half minute deficit, Owen Martin had the hammer down to achieve the fastest bike split of the day but it wasn't until the run that he really began to gain on David Sheridan. By the 10.5 kilometre turnaround, Martin had closed to 2.5 minutes and in the final stages of the run there was less than 100 metres between the pair. Knowing Owen Martin was closing in, David Sheridan battled, emptying the tank in the closing stages to secure his win today. 

Conor Tiernan looked comfortable from the very beginning of the run, securing the fastest run of the field and third place with a very impressive 1:18:06 half marathon. Tiernan reached the midway turnaround at the same time as eventual fourth placed, John Whelan - the only other athlete to break 1:20 for the half marathon.

TriTryone 2019 - DavidSheridan Bike

David Sheridan was delighted with his win today;

"I'm absolutely delighted to hold off Owen. I knew he was going to be chasing down my neck from the minute he set off on the run." 

"Delighted, I'm absolutely thrilled. I was second here last year, I got caught with a mile to go so I wasn't have it again this year..."

Final results

1.David Sheridan4:11:50
2.Owen Martin4:12:07
3.Conor Tiernan4:13:07

Stapleton shines

Sarah Stapleton had the perfect warm up for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships, Nice in six weeks time.

Early in the swim Peninsula Triathlon Club's Catherine Browne took the lead, coming out of the water fourth overall in 30:29. Browne was overtaken in transition by 2018 BMW Triathlon National Series winner Ellen Vitting and today's fourth placed finisher Helen Perry.

At this point strong cyclists Catherine Sands and Pulse Triathlon Club's Sarah Stapleton were 1:50 and 4:39 down, but by the close of the first lap of the three loop course the pair had moved into second and third respectively. Stapleton worked consistently out on the bike course, overtaking Sands in the second of three laps to move into second. Entering transition for the second time, just seconds remained between Ellen Vitting and Sarah Stapleton, who put in what was by far the fastest bike split of the day - 2:33:51. 

TriTyrone 2019 - EllenVitting Bike

Long time leader, Tri and Mhi member Ellen Vitting was overtaken in the early stages of the run by Sarah Stapleton and in the second half by eventual second placed Catherine Sands, holding position then to finish in third. 

Speaking after the race, Sarah Stapleton commented on her first BMW Triathlon National Series win of the year;

"It was tough, I knew they were coming behind me but I was delighted to get the win."

"It's a good course, it's a really fast course. I was delighted with my time as well so yeah, it was really good, a really well organised race thanks to the club in Tyrone."

TriTyrone 2019 -SarahStapleton Bike

Final results

1.Sarah Stapleton4:53:51
2.Catherine Sands4:55:34
3.Ellen Vitting4:59:32

TriTyrone 2019 - Podium


Full results can be viewed on the Core Timing website.