Walton and Knox triumph at Causeway Triathlon

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Walton and Knox triumph at Causeway Triathlon thumbnailTriathletes make their way into the water on the first leg of the Causeway Coast Triathlon at Portrush East Strand.

PORTRUSH was the stage for the Causeway Coast Triathlon on Saturday past - and what a stage it provided.
Calm waters, beautiful beach and sunny skies greeted the 200 competitors that had travelled from all over Ireland to complete the 1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run course.
James Walton from Garvagh, an elite Triathlon Ireland athlete, led out of the 1.5km swim in eleven minutes, almost three minutes quicker than second places Triangle Triathlon Club athlete Andrew Bye. Dominic McAllister, last year's runner up was hot on their heels, twenty seconds behind Bye.
In the women's race, Eimear Dowds from the Invictus club looked determined on a first Causeway Triathlon victory and stormed out of the water over a minute ahead of local Portrush athlete and two-time winner of this race, Sonia Knox. Helen Murray from the Hi-Elbow Club was next out of the water on 33 minutes.
Out on the bike course and Andrew Bye was starting to claw back some of the time deficit with a blistering bike split, over a minute quicker than Walton and McAllister was making headway with a solid bike.
Walton came into transition with only a forty second advantage over Bye, and with a strong run under him, he was looking confident.


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