Tullamore tri-athletes shine in Kilkenny

Damian Moran

Reporter:

Damian Moran

TriGrandPrix Ireland held their 4th triathlon of this year in Kilkenny on Saturday, July 27. Located around Kilkenny castle and the river Nore, this triathlon, as in previous years has been noted for its tri-athlete friendly course.

This triathlon has grown in popularity recently. First up was the Olympic distance consisting of a 1500m swim, a 43Km cycle and a 10.2Km run and 252 competitors. Representing Tullamore Triathlon Club was Mary Daly, who finished in 57th position overall and 1st in her category with a total time of 2:33:37 (splits of 23:42, 1:18:00 and 46:49) and Brian Monaghan, who finished in 60th position overall (33rd in category) with a total time of 2:34:16 (splits of 22:48, 1:15:20 and 49:43).

The Sprint distance followed which consisted of a 750m swim, a 24Km cycle and a 5.3Km run. Over 586 tri-athletes started this race. Competing for Tullamore Triathlon Club (overall position followed by category position in brackets) were as follows:

Maurice Fitzgerald 1:26:17 (61)(29) with splits of 13:09, 45:10 and 22:05. Fiona Claffey 1:39:56 (270)(9) with splits of 17:28, 49:51 and 24:49. Emma Lee 1:40:34 (286)(23) with splits of 13:12, 51:52 and 28:29. Mary Lambe 1:52:57 (481)(23) with splits of 15:27, 1:00:05 and 29:26. Congratulations to all, especially Mary Daly on her category victory and Mary Lambe who was competing in her first triathlon.

On July 22, Maurice Fitzgerald competed in the Lilliput Legend adventure race which consisted of a 1Km kayak, a 32km cycle, a 12km run around croghan hill, a 24Km cycle and a 400m run. Maurice finished in 5th place overall with an excellent time of 3:05:32.

On 13th July 2013, Lanesboro Triathlon Club held their very successful ‘Two Provinces Sprint Triathlon’ consisting of a 750m swim, a 20Km cycle and a 5Km run. Reports from those competing praised the triathlon and the organisers. Representing Tullamore Triathlon Club were (race position in brackets) Adrian Martin 1:16:50 (179) with splits of 16:18, 35:31 and 21:58, Tony McCormack 1:19:51 (221) with splits 16:11, 35:48 and 25:20 and Eilis Crimmins 1:38:49 (387) with splits of 15:52, 45:08 and 33:05.