National Series 2018

On this page, Club Members can access a range of information, resources, logistics and information around the club campaign for the TI National Series.

Envious of those Piranhas, 2016 & 2017 National Club champions? You too could be a hero!

As co-ordinators for Piranha’s 2018 National Series strategy, our objectives are to encourage member participation in the National Series, to achieve success for the club…………..and for people to have fun!

What is the National Series?

The National Series consists of 16 races, running from mid-April to late-September, that includes 10 sprint, 5 olympic and 1 middle-distance race. It is open to all full members of Triathlon Ireland, regardless of how slow or fast you are! At the end of the year, participants are split by gender and ranked both overall and according to their age group. Participants receive points for up to four races, of which at least one must be sprint distance and one must be Olympic (standard) distance. Points are awarded for each race according to TI’s formula. This has been known to befuddle many, but in essence, points are a function of your time (not your position) relative to that of a good standard athlete of the same gender. The idea is that each race offers the same opportunity, so that regardless of where you do your four or more races, your ranking is comparable with fellow triathletes across the four provinces.

Why Compete in the National Series?

  • Be a Club Champion – get up on that podium with your Piranha clubmates!
  • Individual Glory………..if only that is finishing 4 races or winning them all!
  • Age Group Success – the top three in each age category are awarded medals at year end.
  • Benchmark Yourself – as races are otherwise hard to compare, the NS is a good way of assessing your progress as well as competing against your club mates.

Of course, it’s not all about performance…………

  • The NS races take you to some very nice parts of Ireland.
  • Get to know your clubmates better by choosing the recommended Piranha races (see below).
  • For those doing longer distances, the NS races are a good way to tune up ahead of your main race.
  • NS races are hand-picked by TI, so are generally among the best organised and safest races in Ireland.
  • Preferential treatment for those interested in competing in DCT. Your loyalty will be well regarded!

Which Races Should You Do?

To make your life easier, we have selected six races as ‘club races’.  We believe that these offer a balance between being well-run races, attractive destinations, and potentially good sources of NS points. Of course, Piranhas are welcome to do as many races as they please, including the National Championships, which we have excluded from our list. Ideally, you would compete in at least five races to allow for mishaps or a bad day. Whatever the case, the most important thing is no matter how you feel at the time make sure you complete at least four races. The six chosen races are shown below – we encourage Piranhas to focus on these. There are two ‘away’ weekends, Hook or by crook in mid-June and Jailbreak in Cobh in late  July. All, not least the spectathletes are welcome at these!

Race Name Race Date Event Type Town County Club Away Weekend
Carlow Sunday 20th May Sprint Carlow Carlow No
Hook or By Crook Saturday 16th June Sprint Dunmore East Waterford Yes
Harbourman National Champs Saturday 9th July Olympic Arklow Wicklow No
Jailbreak Saturday 21st July Olympic Cobh Cork Yes
Loughrea Sunday 5th Augustx Olympic Loughrea Galway No
Pulse Port Brach Saturday 22nd September Sprint Clogherhead Louth No

Further information is available on the Google sheet below.  (You must be logged in to the Members Area to access).

What Next?

Sit, back, relax and…………….no, actually, that’s exactly what you won’t be doing! As its now February, those who have been hibernating need to start thinking ahead and getting the body into shape (keep an eye on  Killian’s training schedule). For any new members it would be a good idea to enter a couple of races, (don’t worry we will have you ready for at least a sprint)  Throughout the season, we will update you with relevant information, both logistical and relating to the race itself. We will also encourage car pooling. Most of the races are already open for entry. The next round of entries for Carlow opens 28th February.

At this point, we ask all members to please indicate in the attached GoogleSheet whether you intend to do the 2018 National Series and if so, which races. This list also includes the TEAM RELAY event in Lough Cutra which the club have a number of teams entered. All we need know are 2 Ladies and 2 men per team. If you are interested ( no matter what level you are ) please insert your name on the list and we will be in touch closer to the event.  For the record the TEAM RELAY is  250m Swim / 5km bike 1500m Run and then you tag your next team mate. 4 per team ( 2 male 2 female) racing one after another.   It’s a fun event and very short  ( about 15/17 mins of racing)

Any queries, let us know!

Johnny, Siobhan & Ivan