Tramore Triathlete, Kieran Jackson, got his season off to a winning start on Saturday in Athy against a huge field. Photo: Damien Jackson.
Tramore Triathlete Kieran Jackson started his season with a good win in Athy, Co. Kildare on Saturday. A huge field of over 800 triathletes took part in the Sprint Distance event consisting of 750m Swim, 20km Bike and 5Km Run.
Having been in pre-season training since November and competing in a number of cycle and running events to increase his fitness levels, this was Jackson’s first triathlon race of the news season. He stormed into the lead on the swim leg in the River Barrow completing the 750m swim in just 8:47 minutes opening a gap of over a minute and a half on the next triathlete. Everything went smoothly in transition and Jackson was quickly out onto the 20km Bike leg.
Conditions were good with little wind and Jackson powered through the 20km course in 29:28 minutes to increase his overall lead to over four minutes over the nearest competitor. A strong 5km run saw the Waterford Triathlon Club athlete finish the race in an overall time of 58:21 minutes over seven minutes clear of the next athlete. It was a solid start for Jackson but competition will be tougher in the weeks to come. A number of other Waterford Triathlon Club members also had good performances in Athy including Áine Kinsella who finished seventh overall in the women’s race and third in her 25-29 Age group. Neil Griffin 23rd overall and fourth in the 35-39 Age Group. Paul Walsh and Nigel O’Sullivan were also well up the field.
HOOK OR BY CROOK
Next up for Kieran Jackson is the local Hook or by Crook Triathlon on Saturday June 15 in Dunmore East where a strong field is expected for this National Series race. Jackson will be attempting to become the first athlete to win this event three years in row following his successes in 2017 and 2018.