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Overall report of the Bridge Signs IWDS 2019

Bridge Signs Ireland West Duathlon Series overall report

Participation and inter club rivalry the secret to The Bridge Signs Ireland West Duathlon series; more than 700 walkers, runners and cyclist of all abilities taking part in one or more events throughout a three month period, with events held in six key towns in Mayo (Claremorris, Hollymount, Ballinrobe and Westport, Sligo (Enniscrone) and Galway (Belclare) throughout the winter and spring months.

Now in its fourth year the series sponsored for the past three years by Bridge Signs the Ballinrobe based print and design company has grown in strength year on year.

The format works well for everyone especially during the winter months, people aren’t tied down to just training for one discipline they have the choice of either running or cycling. So if the weather is poor either a short run or an indoor spinning session works really well as the distances to complete are relatively short.

Everyone gets a split time for their first run, their first transition, their bike leg, their second transition and their last run with a combined time for their overall. Every segment is seeded so very easy to see where one’s progress or weakness lie.

Each event has its own prize fund and fanfare, friendships and rivalries build up from event to event.

The club/team  and Corporate categories are well represented with squads from all over Connacht a massing at each event and great pride is shown by each when trying to defend their positions in the overall standing.

Age category prizes means there are races within races with the over 40’s been the most competitive age group by far.

Gender wise it’s pretty equal with the males just about tipping the balance; this is brilliant for the future development of the sport of Duathlon as Mammies and Daddies will hopefully transfer their love of sport down to their siblings.

Brian Reilly director of Bridge Signs the Ballinrobe based print company; said “ We are delighted to be involved with the Ireland West Duathlon series from its inception,  seeing so many people take up the sport as a form of exercise and recreation firstly and then progressing on to be competitive in the various categories has been motivating and inspirational for us; showing with a bit of training and effort what one can achieve over a season or two.

Aidan Kelly from Galway Triathlon club came under the radar to sneak off with the overall title of Bridge Signs Ireland West Duathlon Series champion 2019; missing out at the first round Aidan was always to the fore from round 2 on. Strong bike splits meant Aidan usually caught the fast runners and could hold on well to finish high up the ranks by the finish.

In the Ladies Edel Reilly Hollymount Wheelers proved strongest out of all the female competitors, her running was the key, even surprising some of the male competitors. She was ably motivated as her Hollymount Wheelers team were at every event in big numbers securing their second win in the Team title race.

 

Bridge Signs Overall Results 2019

1st Aidan Kelly Galway Triathlon club

2nd Jonathon Rowland Liquid Motion Triathlon club

3rd John Mullin Headford

4th Killian Dooley Galway City Harriers

5th Darren Quinn Grainne Uaile Tri club

 

 

 

Female

1st Edel O Reilly Hollymount Wheelers

2nd Laura O Connor Islandeady CC

3rd Maggie Vahey Galway Tri Club

4th Aoife O Connor Lough Key Tri club

5th Michelle Reynolds Liquid Motion Tri Club

 

Over 40

1st John Mullin Headford

2nd Killian Dooley Galway City Harriers

3rd Chris Troy Grainne Uaile Tri club

Winner of the Land of the Giants Duathlon O-40 was John Mullin from Headford.
Pic:Trish Forde.

Female

1st Maggie Vahey Galway Tri Club

2nd Ann Mc Donnell Mayo AC

3rd Niamh  Donovan Westport Leisure park

O 50

1st Jimmy Lawlor Multisport AM Westport

2nd Sean O Boyle Liquid Motion Tri club

3rd Brian Clarke Westport Leisure park

Female

1st Michelle Reynolds Liquid motion Tri club

2nd Breege Morrin Western Lakes CC

3rd Catherine Gibbons Westport Leisure park

O60 male

1st Mattie Donnellan Kilamine

U18

Joseph Walsh Hollymount Wheelers

Relay team

Hession Loughney Hollymount Wheelers

Mixed Relay team

Ann & Paddy Murray Mayo AC

Most Improved

Male David Keane Grainne Uaile Tri Club

Female Sara Creighton Swinford Tri club

 

Team/ Club Winners

1st Hollymount Wheelers

2nd Liquid Motion Tri club Ballina

3rd Westport Leisure Park

 

Corporate winners

1st Ballina Beverages Coke cola.

2nd The HSE

3rd Allergan Westport

 

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