Tuesday 25 November 2014

Running: In flying form at the 'Butchers Block Duathlon'

From left: Kitty Perle (2nd), Caroline Conway (1st), Aisling Flanagan (3rd

The 'Butchers Block Duathlon' kicked off the 2014 season in Punchestown on Sunday with over 200 triathletes of all abilities tackling the course.

The event started with a 3.5k run around the racecourse, followed by a 20k bike leg out to Blessington and back along with a second lap of the racecourse.

Cork-based Cathal O'Donnabhainn was in flying form on the first running leg, leading Mariusz Olejniczak with a run time of 9:57. It was clear that O'Donnabhainn was determined to start the year off with a victory and he did so in fine style, setting a new course record of 52:26.

Mariuz, a previous winner of the race and member of Naas Triathlon Club in Kildare, finished second, with Peter Kern third.

It was no surprise to see last year's series winner Caroline Conway leading the woman's race after the first run, but Kitty Perle was in no mood to make it easy and pressed her all the way.

In the end, Conway's run speed made the difference and she led the way home at 1:04:37, just over a minute ahead of Kitty, with Aisling Flanagan taking third spot.

For many of those competing it was a first attempt at a duathlon and an ideal way to get involved in the triathlon sport.

The second leg of this popular race series hosted by Naas Triathlon Club is on February 23 and entries are filling fast. You can register at www.naastriathlonclub.com.

Irish Independent

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