We had tons of members taking part in various triathlons, aquabikes, adventure races, running races and sportives over the weekend, so here’s a summary of all the action.
Westport Sprint Triathlon (National Series)
Gaby Dillon and Karen Cowan were racing at the Westport sprint triathlon on Saturday. Following her great result in Kilrush last weekend, Gaby picked up another prize in Mayo, finishing 2nd in her age group with a time of 1:14:37 and 13th female overall. Even sweeter to do it in her home county as well. While Karen, who was racing in her first ever triathlon, flew around the course with a great time of 1:26. It looks like you might be a bit of a natural at this stuff Karen Well done!
Schull Sprint Triathlon (National Series)
Congrats to Shane Willis, Brendan Mannix and Amanda Mannix who competed in the Schull sprint triathlon on Saturday, in West Cork. This was another National Series race, attracting plenty of experienced athletes, so the standard was pretty high.
Blessington Triathlon / Aquabike
Closer to home, Blessington offered a choice of olympic & sprint triathlons and aquabike races on Sunday.
In the olympic race, the ever speedy Brendan Buck posted a great time of 2:11:48, putting him in 2nd position on the podium. John Bowes was also racing in the olympic event, in what I think was already his 4th triathlon race this season. You’re really putting the rest of us to shame now John!!!
In the Sprint distance race, Darragh Phelan was the first Wicklow person to cross the line, finishing in 13th position overall, with a great time of 1:16:09. Also racing the sprint, we had Tony Byrne, Orla McAndrew, Mick Nolan, Robert Clarke, Dan McCarthy and Colm Flood. Congrats to all of you, especially Dan, because not only was Dan one of the first people out of the water, it was also his first triathlon too.
In the aquabike sprint race (750m swim + 20km bike), Catriona Woodcock beat all the lads in her group to finish in 1st place overall. While Dave Gillespie and Marie Burke decided to go for the longer Olympic distance aquabike option of a 1500m swim and 40km bike, with Dave finishing 3rd overall and Marie in 6th place.
Longford ‘Tarmonator’ Sprint Triathlon
Pete Wedderburn was flying the flag for us at the ‘Tarmonator’ Sprint triathlon in Tarmonbarry. Pete was as solid as ever and finished with a great time of 1:14:21, placing him inside the top 20. You can read Pete’s race report
Dingle Adventure Race
Well done to Debs Meghen, Rozanne Bell & Sinead Cummins, who took on the Dingle Adventure Race on Saturday. Debs tore strips out of the Kerry Mountains to win her age group, getting a very nice hamper of prizes (that included some Dingle gin!) for her efforts.
Phoenix Park 5 Mile
Heidi Sheehy and Corinna Nolan ditched the wetsuits and bikes for the weekend and took part in the Phoenix Park 5 mile race. Heidi was kick-starting her marathon plan, along with her fellow 'Amphibian King Marathon Virgins' so the very best of luck with your training over the next few months Heidi. You can track the AKMV's training blogs online
As always, we had a big group of members taking part in the annual Wicklow 100/200 sportive. Well done to all of you for braving those rainy conditions yesterday morning. I don’t have a full list of everyone who took part, but a few notable mentions are Fiona Crean, Danny Brennan and Veronica Tindal, who all completed their longest ever cycles to date, with Fiona & Danny taking on the 200km event and Veronica conquering the 100k route.
However, the biggest shout-out goes to 12 year old Garret Keogh, who is one of our junior members. Garret flew around the 100km route, with a time that many of our senior members would be jealous of, all in aid of the Laura Lynn Foundation. Inspirational stuff Garret! We’ll be looking out for you at the Tour de France in a few years’ time now
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We had 2 members racing over the weekend, both of them in the olympic distance Tri an Mhi race in Collinstown, Co Meath.
Big congratulations to Wicklow flyer, Brendan Buck who finished 2nd overall with a superb time of 2:01:36. Super racing yet again Brendan
Also, well done to one of Wicklow's other superstars, Viv Conlon, who finished 3rd in her age group.
So, a quiet enough weekend of racing action for the club, but we'll be making up for that next weekend with around 40 members racing at Challenge Galway, Ironman Austria, Hell of the West and Dungarvan.
I think we probably had more members racing, than not racing over the weekend, with loads of big events taking place. Thanks to everyone who sent me some of the race results (it makes my job a lot easier!!). Also, we love reading people's race reports, so for any of you who were racing over the weekend (particularly those doing iron-distance events or those who were racing a particular distance for the first time), let us know how you got on.
We had 3 members racing in Austria this year, all of them taking on the distance for the first time and I'm chuffed to say that all of them are returning home as Ironmen.
Davey was the fastest Wicklow man, completing the course with an incredible time of 10:26:08. I believe he was also the 6th fastest Irish athlete in the race. Big congratulations to all 3 of you. You worked so hard to get there and I hope you’re wearing those medals with pride now
Challenge Galway - Iron Distance
A big crew of members faced wet and windy race conditions at the inaugural Challenge Galway event. Taking on the full/ironman distance race, we had:
Delighted to say that all of them tore strips out of the course and got their well-deserved finisher medals. Andy Hayes zipped round the course in a time of 10:28:43, finishing in 10th place overall. Only the winner of the race actually managed to go sub-10 hours, which shows just how incredible Andy's time was. Catherine Galvin was the first Wicklow gal home, finishing as the 10th lady overall, with an amazing time of 12:15:20 (that included a 3:51 marathon time as well!!!) Catherine and Rose both picked up 2nd place prizes in their age groups, so it was a great day for the Wicklow ladies.
Congratulations to all 7 of you, especially Darren & Corrie who were both racing at that distance for the first time. Having endured the same weather conditions at the half-ironman event that morning (it was definitely one of the choppiest swims and wettest/windiest cycles I've ever done), I just have no idea how you guys managed to have the stamina to complete the full distance. You're absolute legends!
We also had 3 relay teams, taking on the iron-distance race:
Team Danshee - Heidi Sheehy, Joe Sheehy, Danny Brennan
Team Wicklow Women - Lisa Howley & Gaby Dillon
Team Amergin - Lisa Bishop, Conor MacGowan, Darren Stanley
Team Danshee's training plan paid off and they finished as 3rd relay team overall, qualifying for the Challenge Relay Championships in Slovenia. Team Wicklow Women also had a fantastic race, with Lisa Howley being the 1st lady out of the water, side-by-side with the leading male.
Challenge Galway - Half-Iron-Distance
We had a number of members racing in the half-iron distance race, which was held on the same day as the full distance race.
Catriona Woodcock (Swimmer on a relay team)
First Wicklow person home was Justin Dutton, with a great time of 5:11:34. Shane Willis was next, which was a great performance for Shane who was racing at that distance for the first time.
Challenge Galway - Olympic Distance
Congrats to the 5 Wicklow lads who flew the flag for us at the olympic race on Saturday.
Tony had a great race, finishing 10th overall. Also, well done to Brian & Rob, who made the step up to race at that distance for the first time too.
Challenge Galway - Junior Race
In the junior race, we had the ever brilliant Lily Sheehy racing for Wicklow AND she won her age group too. Great work Lily ... I'll be asking you for tips!!
Hell of the West
10 members also made the trip to Kilkee, to take on what it probably the most challenging olympic race in the country.
The guys were faced with typical west of Ireland weather and had to battle with high waves in the swim. Noelie was the first Wicklow person home, winning a very competitive age group in the process, while Karen was the first Wicklow lady. Congrats to John Darcy who picked up a 2nd place age group prize and well done to Orla McAndrew for completing for first olympic-distance race too.
Last but not least, big congrats to Tony McGrath who completed his 1st ever triathlon in Dungarvan. Bring on the next one now Tony!!
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