Dublin City Triathlon Sprint Race
Alex Gray was flying the flag for Wicklow Tri in the super series wave of the Dublin City Triathlon Sprint race on Sunday. He was up against some of the fastest triathletes in the country, so did incredibly well to cross the line in 16th position overall.
We also had 3 other Wicklow members racing within the other waves of the Sprint distance event, so congrats to Christine Glesson, Louise Kinsella and Neil Armstrong, for picking up some well-deserved finisher medals.
Olympic Race (National Series)
The Olympic distance race was a National Series event, so it saw a bigger pool of Wicklow members taking part. Fastest Wicklow person on the day was Barry Cronin, who very impressively finished in 7th place overall and in 3rd place within his age group, with a time of 2:17. Congrats also to our solo female entrant, Karen Graham, who won a 3rd place prize within her age group, with a great time of 02:48. Other Wicklow finishers on the day included Toni Llovera (who knocked 10 minutes off his time from last year!!), John Bowes, Liam Sweeney, Danny Brennan, Corrie Adams and Shane Willis.
Brendan Buck nabbed another podium position at the Borderman Half-Ironman event in Newry on Sunday, finishing in 2nd place with a very speedy time of 4:14:24. Only a few weeks to go until Brendan heads over to Wales to compete in the full-distance Ironman, so he’s looking in good shape for that based on his recent race results.
10km Open Water Swim – Lough Dan
Congrats to Corinna Nolan for completing an epic 10km non-wetsuit swim in Lough Dan on Saturday. Some serious stamina was needed to get through that one Corinna, so hats off to you yet again
Wicklow 3km Swim
Finally, I believe we had quite a few Wicklow Tri club members winning prizes at the 3km open water swim race in Wicklow on Sunday. In the wetsuit category, Lisa Howley and Marie Burke were 2nd and 3rd females, while John Darcy and Dom O’Hanlon were 2nd and 3rd for the men. Well done to all the prize-winners and to everyone else from the club who was racing.
The Lost Sheep Middle Distance Triathlon
Kenmare in Co. Kerry was the scene for last weekend's racing action, where a big group of members took part in The Lost Sheep half-ironman race, in very wet conditions. This was both a National Championship and National Series event, so the standard of athletes at the top end of the field was incredibly high.
Racing from Wicklow, we had .....
Marie Burke (swim & bike)
First home for Wicklow was Darren, with Michael just a couple of minutes behind him. Both of the lads broke the 5 hour mark, which was a massive achievement for them in such awful weather.
Unfortunately an injury prevented Marie from doing the run and poor Andy Cromien was unable to start as he was a bit under the weather, but their support was massively appreciated by the rest of us during the race. Andy was also a hero by coming to the aid of the lead cyclist, Bryan McCrystal, who crashed on the descent from The Healy Pass.
There were plenty of bike crashes & mechanicals, due to the wet roads (unfortunately Davey had to deal with a visit from the puncture fairy), so I think we were all relieved to get around in one piece. Congrats to John who finished 3rd in his age group and to Pauline who completed her first half-iron distance event without a bother. She's already dying to do it all again. Also, kudos to Davey Owens who managed to cycle to transition in his wetsuit ….. would love to have seen a photo of that Davey
Pulse Tri Club - Junior Pool Aquathon
Congratulations to the 21 junior members of Wicklow Tri, who raced in the Pulse aquathon in Westpark Fitness in Tallaght yesterday. There were 8 waves in total and I believe we had Wicklow members on the podium within 7 of these waves, which is just fantastic and a testament to all the hard training by these young athletes. The future of triathlon is definitely very bright for Wicklow.
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Cobh Jailbreak Triathlon
Congratulations to the Wicklow members who were racing in yesterday's Jailbreak National Series olympic distance race in Cobh, Co. Cork.
Alex Gray and Trevor Conroy both had great races, with Alex finishing in 4th overall with a time of 1:56:43 and Trevor just a few minutes behind in 7th. Both of the lads picked up 1st place within their age groups, with local hero Sonia O'Sullivan handing out the prizes. Well done to our other finishers too, Corrie Adams, Gill Carthy and Lastley Gray, who all did the club proud. It was Gill's first olympic distance race and as expected she flew round the course without a bother.
Well done to Orla McAndrew who made the long drive over to Blacksod in Mayo, to race in another National Series event. Blacksod is one of the toughest olympic distance races in Ireland, so anyone who completes it deserves huge respect. You were certainly very hardy to pick both Hell of the West AND Blacksod for this year Orla
Skerries Triathlon / Aquabike
Closer to home, Fingal Tri Club hosted a sprint triathlon & aquabike race in Skerries yesterday, with Helen Mullarkey racing in the triathlon and Dave Gillespie and Catriona Woodcock in the aquabike event. Dave had a fantastic swim, which put him in 3rd place overall in the aquabike, so congrats to him and to our 2 Wicklow ladies as well.
Fingal also hosted a race for junior athletes, with Molly and Lily Sheehy both getting 1st place in their waves. Forget the Brownlee Brothers, it's all about the Sheehy Sisters now!
Big congratulations to Wicklow hero Brendan Buck who completed Ironman Wales on Sunday. Wales is considered one of the toughest Ironman routes in the world, so Brendan's finish time of 10:08:14 is just outstanding. We knew he was off to a good start when he broke the hour mark for the 3.8km swim and he continued to hold that strong form throughout the hilly bike and run route as well, finishing in 33rd place overall and 4th in his age group. With a ranking that high, he was automatically offered a Kona spot as well. Unfortunately he'll be giving a Hawaii a miss in 2017, but what an achievement to be in the position to be offered that opportunity in the first place. Unless I'm wrong, I think he also became the first Wicklow Tri member to qualify for Kona, so that'll help to give people an idea of how big an achievement it was.
Port Beach Sprint Triathlon (National Series Race)
We'd a huge group of 30 members racing in the ever popular Port Beach Sprint triathlon on Saturday. It was the final National Series race on the calendar for 2016, so the competition was high in an effort to secure some last minute points. First Wicklow person home was Noelie Kavanagh, who zipped around the course in a time of 1:01:57, which was good enough for a 3rd place podium spot and an age group win. Not too far behind that, we had strong finishes from Trevor Conroy in 8th and Barry Cronin in 12th, who both picked up age group prizes as well. For the ladies, Rose Leith put in a super performance to finish as 20th female in a time 01:15:52 and Lisa Bishop was just a few seconds behind her, with both of the girls picking up 1st place prizes within their age groups. John Darcy & Anne Hudson were also age group winners, so with over 7 members picking up prizes, it was a great performance by the club. Special congrats to Barbara Lydon who completed her first triathlon (and loved it!) and I think it was possibly Sarah Diamond's first full triathlon as well. Sarah was just back from an injury and still managed to beat quite a few of the lads, so the rest of them better watch out for 2017 Well done to all who raced ….