An early start for the 350 athletes that took on the challenge of Middle distance National Champion 2023 at The Lost Sheep Triathlon in Kenmare on Saturday. Hosted by Cork Triathlon Club, the volunteers were out in force on the course from 5am. The mist stayed clear and over 300 athletes entered the waters of Kenmare at 6:45 am. As the morning progressed the clouds disappeared in the hills and athletes had the sun shine down for the bike ride and run route.
Dave Higgins of Cork TC was first overall to exit the waters of the calm Kenmare Pier. Closely followed Ronan Costello, Michael McCarron, and Niall Cornyn. Leading out in the course the packs formed, on a hilly scenic route. Colm Turner took it home and crossed the finish line with a time of 04:07:56, followed by Niall Cornyn in 2nd with a finishing time of 04:09:40, and third place for Dave Higgins of Cork TC in 04:13:59.
Leading the swim and second overall out of the water in the women’s race was Fiona Murphy of Tuna TC. Shauna Doellken O’Shea Limerick TC , Catherine Sands Newry TC, Ellen Murphy Belpark TC and Rachel Hawker Kenmare all followed closely behind to face the hills. The battle between Shauna and Catherine mounted in the course, with the two battling along the hilly cycle and run. With 15KM to go and two minutes down, Helen Perry of Lisburn TC shifted gears and passed both woman out. Helen crossed the line and crowned NC with a finish time of 04:50:37, followed in second by Catherine sands 04:50:53 and Shauna Doellken O Shea in 3rd in 04:52:13. Right on her heels was Rachel Hawker finishing in 04:52:35 in 4th place.
- Colm Turner
- Niall Cronyn
- Dave higgins
- Helen Perry
- Catherine Sands
- Shauna Doellken O’ Shea
Valencia World Cup
Meanwhile, Russell White was in action again at World Cup level. This time, a bit closer to home in Valencia, Spain.
Finishing in 19th, White has made a significant move up the rankings in both World and Olympic tables last week showing good progression. He posted on Instagram after the race:
“Happy to come away with 19th and back up last weeks 13th
Race was tough and the body was a little flat but got good effort out. Initiated a breakaway that I didn’t really have the legs for but was worth the punt.
On now to Karlovy Vary next weekend to go for a crazy third Olympic distance World Cup in as many weekends. Hopefully now I’ve got the flywheel turning and can carry on this momentum.”