Irelands Top Male Triathletes : Part 2
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Top Male Triathletes - Know the Names (Part 2)
Written by Brian Doyle (SwimCycleRun.com) with contributions by Peter Kern (PB3 Coaching)
We take a look at some of the top male age group triathletes in Ireland that you are going see take the podium this summer. The list is based on athlete’s form over recent years and how things have gone in the early season races.
Part 1: Top Male Triathletes - Know the Names
Ian Farrel –Pulse/B2R
Ian is athlete on an upward curve and has been making steady progress with ever improving results over the last 2 years cumulating in his maiden win at the Humbert Challenge middle distance race this year. This win will leave him in good spirits as he considers racing at the 70.3 Worlds in Las Vegas this September. Ian is a solid swimmer, a good runner, but it’s his very strong bike (fastest at Humber Challenge & Tri an Mhi, 3rd at Hell of The West) that puts him on the podium. Expect to see Ian go from strength to strength as he reaps the benefits of his attention to detail and ability to train hard.
1st Humbert Challenge Winner 2013
3rd Tri An Mhi - Middle Distance Irish Championship 2013
2nd Carrick on Suir Sprint 2012
Mark Horan – Pulse/B2R
Mark Horan is in his 5th season of competing at triathlon and is now stronger than ever, with some very impressive podiums at highly competive races this season such as Hell of the West, Beast of the East and Tri an Mhi. Mark is a good swimmer and cyclist and is always in the mix coming out onto the run, where he is able to use his running background to turn the screw on his competitors and leave them trailing in his wake. Mark is another of the strong Irish contingent heading out to the 70.3 worlds this September and if it's not overly hot out there has every chance of being in the mix for the podium.
2nd Tri An Mhi 2013
2nd Beast of the East 2013
3rd Hell of the West 2013
3rd Caroline Kearney Memorial Triathlon 2011
Belgium based Mark Nolan is a frequent visitor to Irish shores. He won the European age group duathlon championship in 2010 confirming his undoubted athletic pedigree. Mark uses his excellent bike and run legs to make up any time that he is down on the swim. He posted a particularly impressive performance recently where he won the Geneva sprint triathlon in Switzerland.
1st Valentia Sprint Triathlon 2013
3rd Eurospar Fastnet Triathlon 2013
1st National Sprint Championships 2012
2nd Tri Athlone Olympic 2012
3rd NS 2010
2nd Hell of the West 2010
3rd The Lost Sheep 2011
Matt Malloy - Virgin Active Team Freespeed
Matt Molloy is arguably Irelands top amateur long distance triathlete having posted a string of excellent results over the last number of years including qualifying for and racing the Ironman World Championship (Kona) twice. Molloy finished 14th at the recent Ironman Frankfurt European championships and in doing so secured Kona qualification for the 3rd time. Molloy is an excellent swimmer and actually exited the water amongst the pro field at Frankfurt with an impressive 51minutes swim for the 3.8km. Matt is strong and disciplined on the bike and can then usually run strong clocking 3hrs 8mins for the marathon at Challenge Roth. Matt has blazed a trail that a lot of triathletes would love to follow and someday get to race at Kona.
1st M40 Category Abu Dhabi International triathlon 2013
1st Dublin City Olympic Triathlon 2011
1st (non pro) Ironman 70.3 Ireland 2011
Paul Carroll – Olympian TC/Pixels Promotions
Paul has been the dominant duathlete in Ireland for a number of years claiming the national duathlon championship in 2012 and 2011 and 2nd place at the British duathlon championships in 2012. His swim has been improving over the last number of years and this has enhanced his ability to compete for the win in larger triathlons. Paul’s excellent run is his main strength and he regularly records the fastest run split and on the bike he always manages to put in a fast time, regularly coming close to the hour for faster 40km courses.
National duathlon champion 2012 & 2011
3rd national duathlon championships 2013
3rd World Duathlon Championships 2012 40-44 category.
1st Liam Ball Sprint Triathlon 2013
1st Lough Neagh Olympic Triathlon 2012
3rd Tri Athlone Olympic 2012
Rory Sexton – GoTri/Blackwater Tri Club
Rory is another outstanding GoTri team member and at 19 years of age he has a big future ahead of him. Rory made his senior international debut for Ireland at the European Cup in Estonia coming home in 37th position following a bike crash where he lost a lot of time. Rory is an excellent all round triathlete posting a particularly impressive 18.34 for 1.5km swim split and 34 minute 10k run split on a difficult run course at TriAthy on the way to claiming his first big win over the Olympic distance. Rory is a very dedicated trainer and doesn’t let adverse Irish weather get in the way of what needs to be done, expect to see him going from strenght to strenght and able to challenge the likes of Kevin Thornton at the big races.
1st TriAthy 2013
2nd North Tipp Sprint 2013
1st Carrick-on Suir Sprint Triathlon 2012
1st Up The Creek Sprint Triathlon 2013
2nd Rosses Point Sprint 2012
2nd Triathlon Joey Hannon Olympic Triathlon 2013
3rd King Of The Hill Sprint Triathlon 2012
Russell White – TCG79 Parthenay/Lakeland Bikes
Russell is a member of the Triathlon Ireland Development Squad and spends some time in Scotland where he is in college. A swimmer by background Russell has developed his bike and run legs over recent years. He races with French Grand Prix team TCG79 Parthenay where he is hoping to gain valuable race experience. Russell races occasionally in Ireland, when he shows up at a race he usually takes the win. He romped home at the recent Crooked Lake Sprint triathlon with a winning margin of almost four minutes and in doing so recorded the fastest swim and run legs of the day. Coming from swim background its pretty obvious this is going to be his main strength, at Athy Olympic Tri last year he put in a super fast swim split of 17:13, his run was split 34.26 which was also the fastest on the day.
1st 2012 Tri Athy Olympic
1st Crooked Lake Triathlon 2013
1st Crooked Lake Sprint Triathlon 2011
Shane Scully – Nenagh TC
Shane is a very talented and driven triathlete who has been beset by injuries over the last number of months. According to his blog he recently underwent a hernia operation and is suffering from an on-going stress fracture of his leg. He recently completed his first and last triathlon of 2013, Hell of the West, where despite surgery and the on-going leg problems he finished in a very respectable time of 2hrs 10 mins in 4th position overall. The rest of 2013 will be spent recuperating from injuries and with a vow to improve his diet and come back as a superior triathlete it will be interesting to see how he does in 2014, especially if he can recapture his form of 2012 where his good swim allied with very fast bike and run splits always put him into contention for the top step of the podium.
2012 2nd NS
2011 3rd NS
1st Lost Sheep Triathlon 2012
2nd Brian Boru Tri Challenge Sprint 2012
2nd Hell of the West 2012
3rd Hook or by Crook Triathlon 2012
2nd Beast Of The East Triathlon
3rd Vodafone Dublin City Triathlon
1st North Tipp Sprint 2011
2nd Lough Neagh Olympic Triathlon
2nd Dublin City Olympic Triathlon 2011
Stephan Teeling Lynch - GoTri
Stephan is an immensely talented athlete who raced internationally at elite level in triathlon and cycling. He is a former member of Irish triathlon development squad and he was part of the Irish cycling track development program competing at the world student games in Holland. Stephan is the founder of the triathlon racing club GoTri.ie and is currently involved in coaching athletes for Triathlon Ireland and at GoTri.ie. Stephen is an excellent swimmer cyclist and runner and when he is fit and in race condition he is a real threat to the opposition.
3rd up the Creek 2013
1st North Tipp Sprint 2012
2nd Tri Monkstown 2012
2nd Spalding Liam Ball Triathlon 2012
Steve Macklin – SwimCycleRun.com/GoTri
Steve is another athlete in an early stage of the triathlon development curve. Steve started into triathlon in 2011 managing a 7th in his first race before casually raced a few more times with the aim of just enjoying himself. 2012 brought bad luck with a bike crash during his second race while well placed to challenge for the win, and that sadly ended his season. Crashes aside, like most people Steve enjoyed triathlon racing and the friendly tri scene, so he started to plan for 2013 by getting a coach(Joe Lynch) to help with the training. The new focus and quality coaching has obviusly started to pay divedends for Steve as he won a few noteable duathlons such as Naas and the Dublin City Duathlon and once the tri season kicked off he has managed to climb onto the podium at Valentia and Rosses Point and currently sits on top of the National Series Points table. Steve has a decent swim and bike that leave him well positioned to use his stellar run ability(2nd fastest run split behind Gavin Noble at the National Sprint Championship in Athlone) to rapidly plough through the field and run down those ahead of him. With Steves swim and bike improving with every passing week, expect to see on the podium at some National Series races soon.
1st Naas Duathlon 2013
3rd Valentia Island National Series Sprint Tri 2013
2nd Rosses Point National Series Olympic Tri 2013
1st Dublin City Duathlon 2013
2nd Waterville Sprint Tri 2012
Trevor Woods – B2R
Evergreen Trevor Woods has been one of Ireland’s leading triathletes over the last 20 years. Trevor has won numerous national championships and national series and once held the Irish Ironman record time (recording a time of 9hrs 18mins in his first ever Ironman). Trevor works as an exercise physiologist in UCC and applies this expertise to his own training regime. Trevor is aiming to retain his national series win for 2013. He is an excellent swimmer, biker and runner and it is this strength across all three disciplines that forms the foundation of his many podium performances.
2012 National Series Winner
2nd Eurospar Fastnet Triathlon 2013
1st Brian Boru Tri Challenge Olympic 2012
3rd Valentia Island Triathlon 2012
1st Hook or by Crook Triathlon 2012
1st King Of The Hill Sprint Triathlon 2012
1st Killarney Triathlon 2011
1st Little Bo Peep Triathlon 2011
William McCormack – Belpark
William has been prominent on the Irish triathlon scene for a good number of years recording a number of impressive results over that time. William is a strong swimmer and runner but its on the bike were he does the real damage. This was evidenced in last year’s Caroline Kearney Olympic triathlon where he put almost 5 minutes into his nearest contenders on the bike and took the win.
1st Caroline Kearney Olympic Triathlon 2013
2nd Tri Athlone Sprint 2012
3rd Tri Athy Sprint 2012
3rd Crooked Lake Triathlon 2012
1st Caroline Kearney Olympic Triathlon 2012
2nd North Tipp Sprint 2011
3rd Crooked Lake Sprint Triathlon
2nd Lough Ine Challenge 2011
1st Pulse Hollingsworth Sprint Triathlon 2011
1st Blacksod Point Challenge 2011
Some other great athletes such as the likes of Joe Lynch, Brian McCrystal and others were not included because they had not been actively racing this season at the time of writing.
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