Belfast Telegraph

Nev and Maeve in Derry Tri-umph

By Robert Jones

Neville O'Neill from Olympian Triathlon Club in Belfast and Meave Maher-McWilliams from North West Triathlon Club powered to victory in the Firmus Energy City of Derry Triathlon.

Thousands of spectators enjoyed the sunshine as they cheered on 450 triathletes from across Ireland, the UK and further afield as they completed the sprint triathlon course, comprising of a 750m open water swim in the River Foyle, a 20km closed road cycle and culminating in a 5km flat run around the City.

The overall event was won by Neville O'Neill who, despite being 30 seconds behind second placed Harry Speers when they started the run, battled his way to top spot at a time of 1:03:07. He was closely followed by international triathlete Speers from Bangor who finished in 1:03:41 and used the event as good preparation for the upcoming Commonwealth Games later this month where he will represent Northern Ireland. Third place went to Omagh Triathlon clubman Lorcan Healy with a time of 1:03:52.

In the ladies category, Meave Maher-McWilliams pipped Antrim woman Laura Wylie from High Elbow club to the post, completing the course in 1:14:13 with Laura coming in at 1:14:28 for second place.

Katherine Woods from Triangle Triathlon Club claimed third spot with a time of 1:15:25.

The route of the Triathlon, which was organised by the North West Triathlon Club, was strategically planned to make the most of the natural beauty and prominent landmarks in and around the city.

Paul McGilloway, of the NWTC and race director, said: "I would like to congratulate everyone who took part in this year's gruelling challenge.

So much training and work goes into preparations for race day to be at your peak level of fitness that crossing the finish line is an achievement in itself, regardless of the time it takes."

  • Newtownards sprinter Amy Foster recorded an 11.54 secs eighth place 100m finish in the Glasgow Grand Prix at Hampden Park where she will be competing in the Commonwealth Games in two weeks' time.

In Rhede, Germany, Glasgow bound Ben Reynolds finished fourth in his high hurdles event in 13.86 secs. In the Morton Games in Dublin, Lagan Valley's Katie Kirk was sixth in the 800m in 2.02.86, her second fastest ever. Letterkenny's Danny Mooney set a PB mile time of 4.00.79 in a race where Will Leer of the US set an Irish All Comers record of 3.51.82. In the 400 hurdles, Belfast's Jason Harvey finished fourth in a season's best time of 50.64 secs.

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