Triathletes flocked from all over Ireland on Sunday for Carrik Tri Clubs annual sprint Triathlon. Our triathlon is a very popular option for people as it offers a nice friendly course and atmosphere. With entries permitted up to a week before, it allowed people to have more freedom to select a race where they could consider their fitness, weather and other variables without the stress of paying entry fees months in advance. Another bonus feature is the clean, calm and safe river swim. With a slight current to aid swimmers in the 750m, everyone knows that they have every opportunity to set a PB, to triumph over their opposition as there is less chance of swimming off course, or indeed to help them float down the course seems for many triathlon newbies swimming is the weak-link. With a footpath and park along the river-bank, it also makes the venue spectator and family friendly creating a fantastic buzz and boosting race day excitement. The bike is 20k loop over a fast but undulating course, before returning to transition for the 5k run loop which brings the athletes back onto the river walk for a breath-taking finish.
While athletes travelled from all over, Carricks own, Carol, from Mooncoin was competing in her first ever triathlon. Start line nerves were visible, despite practicing the river swim earlier in the week, the water conditions were now higher and the race day anxiety was beginning to show. Carol joined our club this year having no prior triathlon experience. She wasn’t a runner, nor a cyclist but she was able to swim. Carol started by attending our swim training in Newtown Swimming Pool and it wasn’t long before she was joining our coached running sessions and perfecting her run technique, finally she joined us on her bike and so began her quest for triathlon glory. On Sunday she began with a strong steady swim followed by a good bike ride to keep her within the middle of the field. Once on the run she was settled into a good rhythm to bring her home in just over 1.5hrs. It was an excellent first race and Carrick Tri Club looks forward to helping more people who are new to triathlon to achieve their triathlon goals in the months to come. Check out carricktriathlon.com for information on our training.
Mean while further up the field there was plenty of action, but the race leaders were undisputed with the Senior Man, Trevor Woods, Senior Woman, Julie Ann Bowden, and Junior, Aaron O’Brien, all having commanding leads over their peers. With many competitors coming into T2 off the bikes together it meant that transition times needed to be fast to get the best advantage, there were many sprints out of T2 as people jostled to set up their positions for the run and while the run settled for the next 4k, the long flat home straight, that was lined for 200m with spectators, gave athletes an extra boost and spectators were treated to many sprint finishes as everyone tried to make a final attempt to improve their finish position. Thanks to all who marshaled on the day, to Garry and all the committee for organising a great event, to Flahavans, Pierce Hire and irishcanoekayak.com for all their help and to Kenny who provided commentary informing all spectators as to who the racers were as well as providing entertaining updates on the hurling progress between Tipp and Waterford. Our Role of Honour: Men’s1st Trevor woods, 2nd Colm Turner, 3rd Eric Wolfe, 4th Davin power. Women’s 1st Julie Ann Bowden, 2nd Nicola Nolan, 3rd Miriam McCormack, 4th Linda Delaney. Junior 1st Aaron O’Brien. Female Vet. 1st Elaine Mullan. Male vet. 1st John Deegan, 2nd Darryl Hale, 3rd Michael Bowes. Male O50 1st Ray Power.