Carroll powers to Liam Ball Triathlon victory

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Paul Carroll of Olympian Triathlon Club powered home to win the 2013 Liam Ball Triathlon on Sunday in impressive style.

A superb performance on the 20k bike route and an assured 5k finish ensured the triathlete’s victory in the Triathlon Ireland National Series event with an impressive time of 1:00:26. Kristofer Muldoon of Dig Deep Coaching stormed over the finish line in second place (1:01:29) followed by Eamon McAndrew of Sligo TC in third (1:02:05).

Terry Donnelly enjoyed taking part in the Liam Ball Triathlon on Sunday.

Terry Donnelly enjoyed taking part in the Liam Ball Triathlon on Sunday.

The first female over the line in the 28th installment of the North West Triathlon Club’s annual sprint event from Templemore Sports Complex was Caoimhe Ni Mhurcha of Sligo TC in 1:09:23. The second female home was Siobhan Gallagher (1:10:12) followed by Cecilia McGuinness (1:14:59) of Sligo TC in third.

The first North West TC member to finish and first in the 20-24 age group was Daniel Quigley (1:06:01 in 12th place), son of former Liam Ball winner and local club member, the late Colm Quigley. Donna Philson (1:15:27) was the first female from North West TC and in the F45-49 age group to cross the line.

The second NWTC male to finish was Paul McConnelogue who was also second overall in the 45-49 age group (1:09:20) with his daughter Emma Joe McCollelogue second local female home and second overall in the F20-24 age group. Paul Slavin (1:09:54) was third for the club with Karen Cutliffe third NWTC female.

Paul Carroll had the fastest bike time in 30:39 while Stephen Teeling Lynch (10th place and last year’s fastest in the cycle) clocked the fastest swim 11:13. Finian Ferry in the 16-19 age group pounded out the fastest run by some distance in 15:35.

More then 200 competitors descended on Templemore Sports Complex for the popular three-disciplined event in far from perfect conditions with strong winds encountered by athletes on both the bike and run legs.

Organised by the North West Triathlon club, the race offered the chance to gain points in the Triathlon Ireland National Series League and ensured a top class field of triathletes from across Ireland.

However, there were also many novices and first time triathletes taking part in the challenge alongside the elite competitors and veterans such as Terry Donnelly and Danny Sheerin who have taken part in all 28 of the annual triathlons held at Templemore Sports Complex, and Roisin Lynch who has competed in 27 of the events.