Up and Running: Fay follows up Aquathlon win with victory at Fingal duathlon
It was a day for the whole family on Saturday as Fingal Triathlon Club hosted the first National Championship Duathlon of the season at Ardgillan Castle, Balbriggan.
Shortly before 9.30am the rain cleared, making way for bright sunshine and excited participants. Children as young as four years old took part in the 50m run, 400m cycle, and 50m run, while the standard distance seniors battled it out over the arduous 9.8k run, 38k cycle and 4.6k run.
Other distances for the 370 competitors ranged depending on age group, with the junior elites and sprint distance competitors taking on a 4.9k run, 19.4k cycle and 3.3k run. The juniors put up a majestic show over the sprint, dominating the podium in the female and male event.
Aoife Fay (1:13.23) recorded two wins in two weekends in Aquathlon and Duathlon with second and third place in the sprint female race going to Christine Russell (1:13.50) and Emma Watson (1:16.07). Darren Dunne (1:07.36) was first in the male sprint, beating senior Damien Kelly (1:04.36) and junior team-mate James Edgar (1:05.06).
The additional transition and lack of swim in duathlon favours the run and bike talents in these young athletes, creating some interesting shuffles on the leader boards.
The standard race was won by favourite Cathal O'Donovan (1:45.41) who pulled away on the first run, establishing a two-minute lead between himself and Owen Cummins (1:48.10) and Paul Carroll (1:49.28). Meanwhile, it was out on the 40k cycle that Siobhan Horgan (1:59.28) showed her strengths having trailed Eimear Fitzmaurice (2:02.04) on the run. Third place was won by Aileen Flynn (2:03.14).