Congrats to Brendan Buck on a great result in last night's Belpark duathlon series race in Phoenix Park. Brendan finished in 4th place, narrowly missing out a podium place by a few seconds. Super result, in a field of 236 finishers. Well done Brendan
We had some more overseas racing action at the weekend, with club members Liam Williams, Andy Cromien & Mark Davies heading off to Portugal to compete in the middle-distance Lisboa Triathlon 2016. Unfortunately the lads were exposed to weather that was more similar to what we'd expect at home though, so strong winds and heavy rain made for really tough racing conditions. Liam grabbed a 2nd place AG finish, which was certainly a hard-earned result in such bad weather. Well done to all 3 of you for sticking at it and making it across that finish line. Those finisher medals were incredibly well-deserved.
We also had a big group of WTC members taking part in yesterday's Wings for Life run: Debs Meghan, Dom O'Hanlon, Gaby Dillion, Lisa Howley, Mark Franey, Rose Leith, Shane O'Neill & Shane Willis. Leading Wicklow runner for the boys was Dom, who very impressively ran nearly 37km before the car caught him, while Lisa Howley clocking up over 27km as the leading Wicklow lady, finishing as 18th female overall!!! Congrats to Gaby Dillon as well, who was the fastest lady in her age group, getting close to the 23km mark. Great running from each and every one of you guys, especially on such a hilly route. Hope the legs (and sunburns) aren't too sore today
Last but certainly not least, Trevor Conroy finished 2nd in the Gorey Run with Ray 5k. Looks with the top 3 lads were neck & neck, with Trevor finishing in a VERY swift time of 16.21
We had 2 tough cookies braving the Irish sea last night, for what I think was the first open water swimming race on the calendar this year. Well done to Corinna Nolan, who competed in the Howth Aquathon last night, which was a 500m sea swim followed by a 3.7km run. While Viv Conlon decided that the short course wasn't quite enough for her at this time of year and opted for the longer option of a 1000m swim and a 7.4km run.
Great work ladies! Hope it didn't take you too long to thaw out afterwards
Loads of WTC racing action over the weekend, but it's probably only fair that we start off with congratulating the person who had to swim, bike and run the furthest.
Ironman 70.3 Barcelona
Damien McKeever completed yet another half-ironman, this time in sunny Barcelona, so well done on adding another medal to your haul Damien. Hope the body's doing ok after it.
Carlow Sprint Triathlon (National Series Race)
We'd a huge turnout of club members at the National Series Sprint race in Carlow yesterday, with no less than 19 WTC members taking part: Brian Thornton, Ciara O'Neill, Corrie Adams, Colm Flood, Darren Stanley, David Gray, Deborah Meghen, Dee Flynn McGrath , John Bowes, John Darcy, Karen Graham, Lisa Howley, Mark Power, Martina Colville, Noelie Kavanagh, Orla McAndrew, Robert Clarke, Shane Willis, Vivienne Conlon
There were no surprises when Noelie Kavanagh had the fastest Wicklow time of the day, finishing in 6th position overall with a cracking time of 01:03:01, getting a 3rd place AG group prize as well. 2nd WTC male was Darren Stanley, with another great time of 01:07:42. A 5-minute head-start in the wave before Noelie, gave Darren the bragging rights of technically being the first Wicklow man to cross the line though Whilst 3rd Wicklow male was John Bowes, who put in some super bike & run times to finish in 01:16:14
Not to be outdone by the boys, there were just a few seconds separating Debs Meghen and Lisa Howley, with Debs coming out on top with a superb time of 01:15:17 and Lisa Howley just behind in 01:15:46. Even more impressively, Lisa got 1st place in her age group, while Debs was 2nd in her group. Karen also put in a super performance on the bike to be the 3rd Wicklow girl home in 01:19:20.
Most importantly, it was the first open water race for 2 of our members Dee Flynn McGrath and David Gray. I know Dee was very nervous beforehand and with both of them posting 15 minute swim times, they can no longer call themselves beginners now. It's sometimes too easy to forget how terrifying your first swim race can be, so well done to both of you. There's no turning back now
Thankfully the thunderstorms kept away and there was a great atmosphere amongst both the racers and spectators. The river was a pleasant 13.5 degrees, so the screams were kept to a minimum. Bike route was a tough 10km climb into the wind, but closed road meant that some speed records were probably broken on the return leg, whilst the run route was a lovely off road 5km along the banks of the River Barrow. I think we were all really impressed with the entire event and would highly recommend it to anyone thinking of racing it next year.
Full results can be found on Red Tag Timing.
3DTri Senior & Junior Aquathons
We also had the 3DTri Senior & Junior Aquathon taking place in the NAC in Blanchardstown.
Brendan Buck took part in the long distance course (1000m swim + 10km run), finishing with a great time of 1:05:21 and in 7th place overall.
While our junior athletes did us extremely proud, with a number of members coming within the top 3 of their Age Groups. Anyone want to take a guess as to who the parents of our age group winners are? There are definitely some good genes there. Well done guys!! Doing the club proud yet again
Lily Sheehy (1st in her Age Group)
Eanna Buck (3rd in her Age Group)
Finn Buck (3rd in his Age Group)
Full results can be found on Red Tag Timing.
Virgin Media Night Run – 10km
Finally, we had a few members taking part in the Virgin Media 10km night run last night. And yes, it was the 2nd race of the day for both Debs and Lisa. Tough cookies or what!! Well done to all who finished.
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Lough Cutra Castle was the setting for the weekend's racing action. The feature race was 'The Gauntlet' middle-distance triathlon, which was also a National Series event. Alas, the athletes arrived to a fog-covered lake, meaning the race organisers were forced to postpone the start-time by an hour. Unfortunately (or fortunately, if you hate swimming!!) the fog still didn't clear though, so a middle-distance triathlon became a duathlon consisting of a 7km run, 93km bike and another 14km run.
We had 8 Wicklow finishers in that race, with avid adventure-racer Barry Cronin being the first Wicklow man to cross the line with a super time of 4hrs 10 mins. Davey Owens, Justin Dutton, Des Hogan, Darren O'Sullivan, Pete Wedderburn, Ronan Cusack and Toni Llovera were our other finishers and all put in great performances in very warm racing conditions. Well done to all of you, especially to Justin & Toni who were both racing that distance for the first time.
Shortly after the middle-distance race started, the fog started to clear, meaning the swim was able to go ahead for the olympic & sprint races.
In the Olympic Race, Brendan Buck put in another mighty performance to cross the line in 2:11, finishing in 8th place overall, while Helen Mullarkey was our first Wicklow gal home, in 3hrs 12 mins. Also in the Olympic race we had Shane Willis and Veronica Tindal, who are both in flying form as they enter their 2nd year of triathlon racing.
In the Olympic Relay race, we had our husband & wife team of Joe & Heidi Sheehy, finishing in 1st place. Super stuff Team Sheehy! You guys will really be the team to beat in Challenge Galway in a few weeks.
In the Super Sprint race, Wendy Sheehy was our sole entrant and finished first in her age group too. Good work Wendy!!
We also had 7 of our junior members racing as well, so a huge congratulations to all of them. Eanna, Lily & Finn had already taken part in the NAC aquathon last weekend too, so that's pretty impressive dedication to be racing 2 weekends in a row. Us adult members could definitely learn a thing or 2 from you!!
Children (8-10 yrs) - 100m/4km/0.8km
Children (11-12 yrs) - 200m/4km/1.8km
Junior (13-15 yrs) - 300m/8km/2.4km
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