Today’s training: it’s time to put on your runners and take to the track. See you in the CBS at 6:15pm for some interval work.
Club Events this week:
- Dromineer Triathlon – Race 2: There has been a change of plan for this week’s Wednesday event. Instead of the TT we will be having Race 2 of the Dromineer Triathlon Series and the TT league will instead be the following week (the original dates meant race 2 was clashing with the Lough Derg Sprint). We would like it if everyone could aim to be in the water some time between 6:30 and 7:00pm. You just turn up, get ready, warm-up and go! This week we want two people time keeping so if you are available then let Shane know – 0872605743.
- Nenagh Summer League: takes place on Thursday at 7:00pm. For triathletes there will be 4 or 5 of us running off the bike so feel free to join us after the cycle.
Nenagh CC Juniors: last week was a big week for the club – we had our first ever representatives at a youth race on Sunday.
- Racing: 6 of our youth members made the trip down to Ballymore, Cobh, Co. Cork on Sunday for the open junior race. We had an early start so we were all packed up and on the road at 7:45am. The six boys that had the honour of being the first youth racers to ever represent the club were – U/12 – Ryan Haskett, Odhran Kelly O’ Driscoll and Daniel Yon Hin – U/14 – Liam Heffernan, Christopher O’Meara and Calvin O’Brien. The standard at this race was high and the course was extremely tough, so a massive well done goes to all 6 lads for taking on this challenge.
- U/12 race – there was a field of around 20 in this race. It involved 4 miles and 2 ascents of a large hill that even our senior riders struggled to get up. Daniel was first home for the club but Odhran and Ryan were not far behind at all. The 3 lads did great considering this was only the second time they had cycled out on the road never mind the fact it was their first ever race. Well done to all 3 and we hop to see ye all lining up on the start line again soon.
- U/14 race – there was a field of around 15 in this race and the standard was quite high. Our 3 lads had 5 of the hilly circuits to do. As the course was only 2 miles long it was always unlikely that the lads would get a chance to finish as the lead guys would be lapping them. In the end the lads managed to get through most of the race with Christopher coming home first for the club and Liam and Calvin finishing together a little while later. Nice work lads!
- Training: if there is one thing we learned from racing on Sunday it is the need for our juniors to make sure they don’t miss training. To be competitive against other clubs requires lots of practice, so whenever you see a club training session coming up try and be there!
- Thursday: 2:00pm at the Five Alley Pub on the Limerick Road – N7. This is not a race (that will be on next week). This road is safer for training as we have a bike lane to practice in, so get your parents to drop you off here instead of the CBS. If you have been training on the roads with our club then you can come to this.
- Tri an Mhí: this half Ironman race took place in Co. Meath on Saturday and a couple of our Iron men and women decided to use it as a warm-up race for Ironman Sweden. Ger Kirby and Majella Moyles both took part in this race. Majella Moyles finished in 22nd place in the women’s event and 136th overall. Her finishing time was 6:09 for the 1.9k swim, 90km bike and 21km run course. Ger Kirby’s final time was around the 5:10 mark but for some reason he is down as DQ. Not sure what happened there – let your imaginations wander! Update: Ger was done for crossing the white line on the bike – always a stupidly harsh punishment.
- Up The Creek Triathlon, Kilrush: Derek Bowen finished 34th in this triathlon. He had the 9th fastest bike split of the day and that helped him move through the field.
- Nenagh CC Seniors: the club were represented at two races over the weekend:
- Leahy Cup, Cobh: Shane Scully and the Kennedy brothers Con and Kenneth took part in the combined A2/A3 race, which involved 8 laps of a hilly 10km circuit. With many of Ireland’s top juniors in attendance it was always going to be a tough day in the saddle and that’s the way it proved. Kenneth and Con found the going a little too tough on this occasion and got distanced after a few laps. Shane managed to cling on but missed the break of the day and had to settle for 7th overall, but at least he wins a few points for that and moves closer to A1 status. In the A4 race, the club were represented by Graham Prendergast. Graham just needed two points to win promotion to the A3 category. After a tough race Graham finished in 8th place and got 1 point. That leaves him agonisingly close to A3 status.
- Meath GP: Anita Egan took part in the women’s league on Sunday. The race split on the main climb of the day and Anita finished with two others a little behind the main pack.
- Wicklow 200: Clifford Guest successfully finished this tough 200km cycle on Sunday.