Russell White took his first ever national title in Dublin on Sunday.
The Banbridge triathlete crossed the line in 1:59:31 to claim first place in the Standard Distance National Championships hosted by the Vodafone Dublin City Triathlon. Have a look at this highlights video that catches a flavour of the day’s racing and catches up with Russell after he crossed the finishing line.
“Over the moon to have won Irish National Standard Distance Champs in such miserable conditions (even by Irish standards),” the local lad tweeted after racing in horrific weather.
It’s another highlight of a budding career as White begins a year of full-time training.
It was his second win in as many weeks as Russell added to the Triathlon Ireland Super Series round four success he had secured in Ballyronan just seven days before.
He had to go head to head against fellow U23 elite performer Chris Mintern in order to take the national title as both emerged from the water in 17 minutes 33 seconds.
The duo worked well together throughout the 40 kilometre bike with four athletes in chase.
Once onto the run though, all friendship was suspended and Russell managed to pull clear to claim the victory.
Russell’s big title win, however, came at a price as the local lad managed to misplace some of his gear.
“Had a great swim leading out #DCT2015 in my @Zone3wetsuits just I pity I never picked it up after the race. @tri_ireland @PiranhaTri help?” he appealed on Twitter.
It’s no wonder it slipped his mind amid the celebrations of victory followed the gruelling 1500 metre swim, 40 kilometre bike and 10 kilometre run.
Following the mornings non drafting races it was onto the draft legal Cat 1 action where the country’s top athletes along with some international talent was on show.
In the end, Russell finished just shy of a minute ahead of Con Doherty, who finished second with 2:00:25. Cork man Chris Mintern came home in third place in a time of 2:01:02.
“Rough weather today at @tri_ireland National Championships, solid breakaway with @russellwhitetri , hung on for 3rd #DCT2015 #CyclingScared,” tweeted Mintern after the race.
In the women’s race, Limerick’s Carolyn Hayes led from the gun. Hayes put in a very impressive performance as she completed the 40 kilometre cycle alone with no one able to keep pace.
She crossed the line in a time of 2:16:46, delighted to retain her crown for the second consecutive year.
The race for second was a much closer battle as Rachel Hawker held off Eimear Fitzmaurice by less than a second.