PER­FECT WEATHER FOR PAR­TIC­I­PANTS

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

THIS year’s Base2Race Harbourman Triathlon took place on Sun­day in near per­fect race con­di­tions.

Com­peti­tors were greeted by flat calm seas, light winds and tem­per­a­tures hov­er­ing around 18-21c. The event was hosted by Wick­low Triathlon Club and featured a packed field.

In the women’s race, Ailbhe Carroll and Orla Walsh bat­tled it out for top spot as both com­peti­tors were making their 2019 BMW Triathlon National Se­ries de­buts.

Ailbhe Carroll made her mark at the front of the field, emerg­ing from the wa­ter with an im­pres­sive swim of 18mins 42secs over 1,500m – the quick­est of the en­tire women’s field. Carroll made the most of this lead out on the un­du­lat­ing bike course, hold­ing the gap to the rest of the field.

How­ever, Orla Walsh was run­ning strong be­hind and was just one minute be­hind Carroll by the first time around the light­house. Com­ing up the steps for the sec­ond time, Walsh over­took Carroll and re­tained her lead all the way to the finishing line.

Chris Min­tern won the men’s race, only eight days after he won the Mid­dle Dis­tance National Cham­pi­onship. He led the race from the very start and fin­ished three min­utes ahead as the sec­ond placed com­peti­tor, Con Doherty.

PHO­TOS BY PAUL MESSITT

The com­peti­tors dive into the first stage of the Base2Race Harbourman Triathlon in Wick­low town on Sun­day.

Chris Martin, the first man out of the wa­ter.

Hazel Kelly, Ni­cole Wy­ley and Nina Kelly.

Marie How­ley and Eu­gene Lynch.

Tracy Matthews, Mar­ion Quinn, An­drea Doyle and Amie Mc­Quil­lan.

Catherine Gor­man and Billy O’Keefe.

Da­rina Ke­hoe and San­dra Pur­cell from Wick­low Triathlon Club.

Ryan, Karen and Eire McCrys­tal.

Ma­jor Bren­nan, Michael Jame­son and Joe Healy.

Denise O’Shea and her nephew, Jasper Bal­tru­saitis.

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