Ronan Foolkes from Ireland was all smiles towards the end of the cycling leg in the long course duathlon.
Ronan Foolkes from Ireland was all smiles towards the end of the cycling leg in the long course duathlon. MEGAN LEWIS Ml

Irish duo show no mercy

THE Irish showed no mercy in the war of the Frenchville Frogs Triathlon, leaving their opponents trailing behind.

Race four of the Tuckers Cycle Inn Series was held yesterday with more than 100 competitors taking to the shores at the Capricorn Resort in Yeppoon.

And as expected it was Rockhampton’s newly adopted Irish couple, Ronan Foolkes and Catherine Keohane, who broke away in strong leads in the duathlons.

Foolkes, who was expected to be out of the race from a recent injury, made the leap from triathlons to duathlons and took out the long course race at 1hr9m31s.

“Foolkes usually competes in triathlons but because of his arm injury he couldn’t swim,” Frenchville Frogs’ Wayne Clifford said.

Keohane left little room for competition when she took control of the short course duathlon, leaving competitors more than seven minutes behind her.

But for the main race it was a battle again between Fin Turley and Ben Wriede for first place.

Turley broke away with an eight-second lead coming out of the first transition and then made a good distance in the bike leg.

“He broke away in the bike which is unusual for him as usually Ben and Fin come out of the bike together,” Clifford said.

“Ben was a bit off today and Fin was strong and maintained the lead, and in the end he won easily.”

Fin Turley won at 48 minutes with Ben Wriede at 58m39s and Bruce Ferguson in third at 1hr07m51s.

In the long course women’s triathlon it was Petro Kuiper who took the strong lead ahead of Jane Moyle.

“Petro had a 35-second lead over Jane and maintained that over each lap of the run, Jane wasn’t able to match it.”

Race five of the Frenchville Frogs Triathlon will be at Tannum Sands, December 20.



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