Cross Country Running: Training continues this Monday at 6:15 in the CBS. The ground is going to be getting softer over the next few weeks so those of you that are planning on doing the cross-country season should consider buying spikes at this stage. You will need to get used to them before the first big race on October 6th. Try and look out for some upcoming road races. There is nothing better for getting you up to speed than a race.
End of Year Swim: There is only one more week to go before the big one. Our annual swim from Youghal to Garrykennedy marks the end of the 2013 triathlon season for the club. It is an event we ask everyone to make the effort to attend. If you don’t want to swim then come to help out. You can even run the 5k to Garrykennedy if you want! There is a club night out afterwards. You have been training with each other all year so it’s about time you shared a beer with those people.
We are expecting upwards of 20 people again at this End of Year Event so you will have plenty of company. There will be plenty of kayaks and boats there for your safety (the boat has a harpoon on board for your protection) >> Click for more swim information
There is one more open water swim left to prepare for Sunday. This take place this Wednesday at 7:00pm in Youghal. Hope to see ye there.
National Series: The girls continue to move up the National Series rankings. They have now pushed up into 8 place. This is a fine achievement for the girls. The lads are still outside the top 20 in 26th place and for a team of our quality this isn’t quite good enough.
End of Year Cycle: There was a fine turn out of 20 riders for our final big cycle of the season. Unfortunately it was only the men that turned up on the day!! The chosen route was the Visit Nenagh A1 cycle route. This proved to be a long, tough challenge. 11 cyclists managed to finish the complete route with 9 riders doing as much as they could before retiring. There was a very welcome food stop at the 60 mile point. Majella, Gillian and Úna put in a lot of work to help out here and we thank them very much for that. The club would like to thank everyone for their efforts today and throughout the year. It has been a very successful cycling year for the club and we hope that continues next year.
This was the last official club cycle until October 5th. Enjoy your time off the bike!
There were plenty of club members in racing action this weekend.
Lost Sheep Half Ironman: 3 club members made the trip dow to Kenmare for this tough challenge. The Lost Sheep is one of the hardest half Ironman races in Ireland and you certainly need to be fit to finish it. Mike Browne was first home for the club. Mike finished in 29th overall in a time of 4:50:56. This is a strong time for the course. Ronan O’Driscoll was taking part in this race for the second year and finished in 125th in a time of 5:28:10. Not too far behind was Martin Mitchell who finished in 136th in a time of 5:31:30. Well done to all 3 lads on this fine achievement.
Lough Key Triathlon: Eoin Woolley made his way up to Roscommon for this sprint distance triathlon. This race was part of the National Series so points were at stake. Eoin finished just outside the top 50 in 54th place overall in a time of 1:17.
Charleville 2 Day: Keith Butler and Kenneth Kennedy represented the club in this 2 day stage bike race over the weekend. Keith was placed just outside the top 20 in the A4 race before Sunday’s final stage, but his group took a wrong turn on the course due to a lack of marshalls and this badly affected his final position. Kenneth races well over the two days to finish in the top 20. This race marks the end of the bike racing season. It has been quite a successful one but we will all be hoping for better again next year.