Mintern conquers Hell of the West to become National Champion

UCC Sports Scholarship man Chris Mintern is the new Standard Distance National Championships after winning at the Hell of the West triathlon in Kilkee, Co. Clare.

An extremely strong field, featuring a number of Triathlon Ireland high performance development athletes, turned out for the Hell of the West.

The famously tough race was the second stop in this year’s Super Series and doubled-up as the 2016 National Championship over the Standard (olympic) distance.

Competitors faced wild seas on the 1,500m swim, faced in to stiff winds along the West Clare coast on the 44km bike route and finally tackled a hilly and exposed 10km run along the cliffs to the south of Kilkee before finishing on the promenade in front of a large crowd of onlookers.