End of Year Swim: well done to everyone that completed the End of Year Swim on Saturday. The weather was lovely but the northerly breeze was making the swim very choppy and a lot tougher than usual. This was by far the toughest year to complete this challenge so well done to all that finished especially those that took on the full 3.8km distance. For many it felt like Garrykennedy would never arrive. When we finally did get there, we wished we hadn’t as it was like a washing machine with waves hitting the wall and bouncing back on top of the already tired swimmers as they finished. Everyone got through alright and had just enough energy left to jump into a shower and then into the pub for some Guinness recovery.
Club AGM: this took place after the End of Year Swim and was well attended so thanks to everyone for coming. As always the meeting was a quick affair and was cut short due to a baby crying (Keith). The club would like to welcome Maeve Ryan to the committee. She is the only new face on the Triathlon or Cycling committee, so we will be piling on the work for her to do soon enough!
As for the meeting itself, Eoin and Shane gave a run through of the successes and challenges this year. I won’t go into much detail here but some of the successes included:
- the formation of a new cycling club with almost 64 signed up members in its first year.
- The formation of a junior cycling club with 28 involved in that. Active participation in underage races around the country.
- 6 new coaches.
- Entering a team in the An Post Rás (also Rás Mumhan and the Kanturk 3 Day).
- 8 new Ironmen and women. New Ironman club records set by Keith and Sinnead.
- 5 new Half Ironmen and women.
- Record club entry in Kilkee
- Darren Dunne representing the club at the elite junior level in Hungary, Holland and the UK (as well as his athletic performances).
- 3 new babies
- 3 marriages
- 56,000 views of our website this year = 150 people a day (+40% on last year), 822 likes on Facebook (+60% on last year) with huge numbers visiting to find out about the Lough Der Sprint, Shane’s Rás Diary and Ironman Kalmar.
- 8 club members promoted up a grade in cycling.
- New successful Summer Cycling League and Junior Cycling League
- start of a new open water triathlon – Lough Derg Sprint
- membership goes over the 100 mark for the first time
Actually, that is quite a lot of successes when you write it down! Well done everyone! There were challenges this year but we prefer to look on the positives and we hope to do even better in 2015. With the pool opening up in under two weeks time our year is bound to get off to a good start.
That’s a wrap!
With the End of Year Swim to the pub and AGM out of the way you can sit back and relax. Training and racing is over, you have three weeks of freedom. That’s unless you are planning on doing the Dublin City Marathon!
Dublin City Marathon: there is a big crowd from the club targeting this event on October 27th. At last count there were 11 signed up. Taking on a marathon challenge can help you to keep focused during the off season. The extra miles can give you a real solid running base for next year. If some day you plan on doing an Ironman then it would be of benefit to you to have at least tried one marathon before that!
Signed up so far: Andy McLoughlin, Majella Moyles, Shane Scully, Will Rymer, Martin Farrell, Gary Scully, Keith Butler, David Sheahan, Matty Kennedy, Sinnead Oakes, Ger Kirby. Am I missing anyone???
Charity Appeal: Shane Scully is looking to recruit some runners to run the marathon for the school he is working for in Corville, Roscrea. Send him a text 0872605743 if you want to run for the school. Click for more information
- Nenagh CC – Charleville 2 Day. Good news coming through to HQ over the weekend as Eoin Woolley finally secured promotion to the A3 category. In the final race of his season Eoin took a fine 2nd place finish on the first stage and this was enough to see him move up to A3. Eoin also came home in 6th place on stage 3 of the event. Combine these two results with 45th in the TT and that left him in 25th place overall. Great stuff Eoin – perfect finish to a great year.