Adrian Martin in the Hell of the West
It is a busy time for the members of Tullamore Tri Club with athletes competing in events across the country.
Shane Carroll and Stephen Byrne from competed in Tri-Athy on June 4. This event, which has grown in popularity since it was first held in 2007, once again drew a crowd this year. Both men were among the 450 competitors who lined out for the sprint distance triathlon which entailed a 750m swim, a 20k cycle and 5k run. Shane crossed the finish line in 91st position in a time of 1.22.01 with splits of 16.35, 38.21, 21.31. Stephen placed 235th in 1.32.08 with splits of 20.06, 38.09, 26.26.
On Saturday, June 25 Adrian Martin and Matthew O'Byrne headed to Kilkee where the iconic Hell of The West Triathlon took place. Organised by Limerick Triathlon Club this Olympic Distance Triathlon running since 1985, is one of the longest running triathlons not only in Ireland but in the world.
As is suggested in the name, this event is not for the faint hearted and an extremely windy day made for tough swim and bike conditions for the 780 triathletes who completed the course. The challenging course begins with a 1500m swim in Kilkee bay, followed by a 44km cycle against the winds of west Clare and a 10km run along the rugged coastline of Loop Head. Matthew finished in 222nd place in a time of 2.41.35, with splits of 32.32, 1.21.48 and 44.42. Adrian finished in 3.03.28 in 537th place with splits of 45.27, 1.24.54 and 48.25.
After months of dedicated training and preparation Denzil Jacobs undertook his first Ironman challenge in the aptly named Challenge-Galway on Sunday, June 26. The 2 lap 3.8km sea swim was in a sheltered bay in a coastal inlet south of Galway Bay Golf Resort, close to Oranmore. The 180km bike route took in a coastal tour along the Wild Atlantic Way, the Burren and the seaside village of Kinvarra.
The final leg of the challenge was the 42.2km city centre run course which encompassed the best of Galway, including the Spanish Arch, the seafront of Salthill promenade and the city’s atmosphere as they ran the relatively flat 4 loops. Well done to Denzil who performed superbly in his first ironman to finish in 14.09.52 in 269th position. Full results were not available at time of going to press.
Well done to all.
Tullamore Triathlon Club train every Monday and Wednesday night. If anybody is interested in joining, please contact Ger Lynam on 086-8190518, email firstname.lastname@example.org or find the club on Facebook at Tullamore Triathlon Club.