Nenagh Triathlon Club members are still on a high following their success at the Kalmar Iron Man in Sweden, and now they are encouraging others to take up the sport.
It what must a unique feat for the club the size of Nenagh’s, seven out of the eight members who took part finished the gruelling course that consisted of a 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and full marathon - all in the one day.
The team consisted of Majella Moyles, Sean Gleeson, Sinnead Oakes, Anthony Sherlock, Keith Butler, Shane Scully, Ger Kirby and Andy McLoughlin. For many it was their first Iron Man, but all agreed it will not be their last.
Each came to the event from a different perspective, with Majella, only joing the club three years ago when the boxercising classes she was in ended.
“I had to look for something different to do. Somebody told me about the club. I went along and thought I may be able to do that,” she said.
She did her first North Tipperary triathlon sprint in 2012, and once she got over the finish line she thought it was brilliant. She got the same buzz in Sweden and is now looking to compete in the proposed Iron Man in Dublin in 2016.
Former soccer ref Anthony Sherlock joined the club six years ago to improve his general fitness and had two half Iron Mans under his belt before Kalmar, but this one was “probably the single best thing ever from a sporting point of view. When you come down and hear the words Anthony Sherlock you are an Iron Man, it’s unbelievable,” he said.
Anthony said it was “some achievement” for seven Nenagh people to complete the event, but pointed out that a couple of people in club had done one before “so we were tapping into their experience”.
A keen horserider, Sinnead Oakes started cycling when her brother felt she was having too many falls and bought her a bike instead.
“It was amazing to finish the course. The whole experience was absolutely amazing. From start of the year it was like we were all on this mission,” said Sinnead.
Ger Kirby from Kilross, Aherlow, came to Nenagh seven years ago and got involved with the club as his move coincided with the start of the Bike-to-Work scheme.
“It was something to do during the winter,” said Ger, who had already done an Iron Man in Switzerland.
Experienced marathon runner Sean Gleeson said: “I didn’t know what an Iron Man was. Everything seems to be in slow motion since I finished.”
All of them would encourage people to get involved in the sport in some shape or form, with Sean saying that to do an Iron Man you “just need to be fit, not over healthy”.
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